LVMH DUBAI WATCH WEEK 2020:

Hublot Big Bang Integral: The First Big Bang With an Integrated Bracelet (Live Photos)


The watch maisons of the LVMH luxury group (Moët Hennesy-Louis Vuitton) take center stage in the horological universe this week, unveiling their newest models for 2020 at an exclusive event in Dubai. Among the exhibitors is Hublot, which celebrates 15 years of its flagship Big Bang model with the introduction of the first-ever Big Bang with an integrated metal bracelet, the Big Bang Unico Integral.

Hublot Big Bang Integral - black ceramic - front
Hublot Big Bang Unico Integral All Black (Ref. 451.CX.1140.CX)
Hublot Big Bang Integral - black ceramic - bracelet
The integrated bracelet has a combination of brushed and polished surfaces.
Hublot Big Bang Integral All Black
Hublot Big Bang Integral All Black

The watch represents an extension of a sort to Hublot’s existing Big Bang Unico 42 series, but also notably features an updated case design whose first link is fused with the new bracelet and whose chronograph pushers recall those of the very first Big Bang released in 2005. The bracelet itself is, of course, the big news here, with three links (two lateral end pieces and one larger central piece) whose shaped edges echo those of the pushers and the cutout areas of the main case. With alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces, beveling and chamfering, the links provide a seamless visual continuation of the case and its lugs. The 42-mm case is, of course, dominated in the front by the round “porthole” bezel with its now-familiar eight H-shaped screws. The use of applied indices at 12 and 6 o’clock, rather than Arabic numeral appliques, is another subtly distinct difference from other Big Bang Unico 42 models.

Hublot Big Bang Integral - titanium - side
Hublot Big Bang Unico Integral Titanium (Ref. 451.NX.1170.NX)
Hublot Big Bang Integral - titanium - back
Hublot’s automatic Caliber HUB1280 features a three-day power reserve.

The movement inside, whose innards are on full display behind the clear sapphire dial, will also be familiar to fans of Hublot’s more recent Big Bang models: the in-house, skeletonized Unico HUB1280 caliber, made in-house and equipped with a chronograph function driven by a column wheel and a horizontal double-clutch mechanism. The self-winding movement, which comprises 354 components including 43 jewels, boasts a flat automatic winding system and stores a power reserve of 72 hours, or three days, in its mainspring barrel. Its column wheel is visible from the front, behind the bicompax dial with subdials at 3 o’clock for elapsed minutes and 9 o’clock for running seconds, while the openworked rotor and other micromechanical components are on display through the sapphire exhibition caseback. The openworked date wheel on the dial side, another Big Bang standard, is also present in this new execution, as are familiar “fusion” elements such as the overmoulded rubber crown casing and the black composite resin bezel lugs.

Hublot Big Bang Integral - King Gold - angle
Hublot Big Bang Unico Integral King Gold (Ref. 451.OX.1180.OX)
Hublot Big Bang Integral - King Gold - dial CU
The chronograph column wheel is among the mechanisms visible through the openworked dial.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Integral is offered in three versions, each with the bracelet material matching that of the case — one in robust, lightweight titanium ($20,900), one in sleek, scratch-proof black ceramic ($23,100, limited to 500 pieces), and one in Hublot’s proprietary King Gold, an alloy of 18k rose gold, copper and platinum ($43,500).

 

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  1. Gerry Dimatos

    This new integrated bracelet design pushes the Hublot brand even deeper into a blatant copy of the AP Royal Oak….
    Although the “port hole” and bracelet design are different, the similarities are there…
    I could go on…

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