When it comes to Hublot’s Big Bang Unico series, it has always been about adding innovation and expertise with materials to the history of watchmaking firsts. This year, it’s the Big Bang Unico Sapphire shining in the spotlight.
Sapphire, a material almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond, has until now been an extremely difficult material to machine, and is reserved for one-of-a-kind pieces or very private collections. But after the ambitious MP05 ‘LaFerrari’ Sapphire project, there is nothing Hublot can’t achieve when it comes to creating a collection of absolute transparency that consecrates the acclaimed architecture of the Big Bang model, and the performances of the Unico movement.
The case middle, bezel, and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are cut from blocks of sapphire, and only a few pieces forming the spine of the timepiece are made from titanium; the signature H-shaped screws, the crown over-moulded with silicon, and the deployable buckle. The skeleton dial is made from transparent resin, revealing all the fears of the proprietary Unico HUB1242 movement and its finishes.