Launched in 2005, the Big Bang was the watch that reestablished Hublot as a major watch brand. Fifteen years on, the model gets its most major revamp to date with the launch of the Big Bang Integral.
While the basic concept is simple – it’s a Big Bang with an integrated bracelet – the new watch is a substantial upgrade in construction and finishing. The case was redesigned to fit the new bracelet, but also to accommodate a higher level of finishing.
Upgraded inside and out
Most of the case edges, and also the pushers, have polished bevelling that contrasts with the brushed finishing on the top surfaces.
The alternating surface finish continues onto the bracelet links, which are also facetted in profile.
At the same time, the case construction has been improved in substance. Though the new case retains the traditional “sandwich” construction of the Big Bang, the filling of the “sandwich” is no longer resin, but is instead the same material as the front and back plates of the case.
The only remaining resin bits are the resin lugs, or “ears”, on each side of the bezel at three and nine o’clock, the fundamental design feature of Hublot that was inspired by a ship’s porthole (hublot is porthole in French).
The All Black
The new Big Bang is available in titanium or 18k King Gold as regular production models, and also the 500-piece limited edition Big Bang Integral All Black.
Like its namesake Big Bang of 2006 – which was an incredible hit the year it was launched – the new All Black is, well, all black. It has a black ceramic case, along with a dial that has black hands and hour markers, both filled with black Super-Luminova.
All versions of the Big Bang Integral are powered by the HUB1280 UNICO movement, Hublot’s workhouse in-house calibre.
It’s a modular movement with a chronograph module on the dial side of the watch, hence the column wheel is visible on the dial in between five and six o’clock.
Key facts and price
Big Bang Integral
Titanium – Ref. 451.NX.1170.NX
King Gold – Ref. 451.OX.1180.OX
All Black – Ref. 451.CX.1140.CX
Case diameter: 42 mm
Height: 13.45 mm
Material: Titanium, 18k gold, or black ceramic
Water resistance: 100m
Movement: HUB1280 UNICO
Functions: Time, date, and flyback chronograph
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Strap: Integrated bracelet
Limited edition: All Black ceramic limited to 500 pieces; others are regular collection
Availability: At both retailers and boutiques
Price: US$20,900 (titanium); US$23,100 (ceramic); and US$52,500 (18k gold)
For more, visit Hublot.com.
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