Ahead of Baselworld 2014, Hublot has unveiled the official watch for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono. A nod to the “Soccer Timers” of the 1970s – special chronographs with markings to count the 45-minute halves of each match – the brand new watch features a specially-built mechanism specifically optimized to keep track of a match’s time. Two retrograde hands keep track of both the seconds and minutes while a center-set window on the dial displays which half is being timed. A separate, smaller window located at the six o’clock position handles the main timekeeping so wearers can don the luxury timepiece off the pitch as well. Powered by the new caliber HUB1260 movement – Hublot’s first bi-retrograde caliber and a 385-part movement reminiscent of the Unico caliber and its dual-coupling column-wheel technology. Along with a self-winding 72-hour power reserve, the watch features a 45.5 mm Unico-style Big Bang case in either ceramic or “King Gold” in conjunction with a carbon fiber bezel, Titanium “H” screws, and a textured rubber strap. Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono for the World Cup is limited to 200 numbered pieces in ceramic and 100 numbered pieces in King Gold and is now available for $26,300 USD and $42,400 USD, respectively.
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