In the ‘80s, Hublot made a name for itself by putting a rubber strap on gold watch – this seemingly unlikely combination hadn’t been done before and would set the pace for the Swiss Manufacture for the next 40 years. Fast forward to 2005 and off the back of the Big Bang launch, Hublot unveiled its daring “Art of Fusion” concept. A good deal of the innovations in material science and metallurgy from the past 15 years are the direct result of Hublot’s “Art of Fusion” concept.
After countless iconic variations, Hublot recently extended the design codes of the Big Bang to create the first Big Bang with an integrated bracelet – fittingly named the Big Bang Integral. Pieced together with three links: one central and two lateral and adopts the modular bold aesthetic of the case. The bracelet of the Integral sensuously molds itself to the wrist – to say it’s comfortable would be an understatement. As you’d expect, both the case and bracelet are flawlessly polished and satin-finished, with bevelling and chamfering aplenty to further enhance its visual intrigue.
The redesigned case features a few subtle differences to previous Big Bang models; notably, baton hour-markers instead of Arabic numerals, and pushers reminiscent of those on the original 2005 Big Bang. The design of the bracelet was inspired by the angular, alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces of the pushers after-all; every component inspires or is inspired by every other component to create a harmonious balance.
The Big Bang Integral maintains its “sandwich” construction without the composite resin; each variant is designed entirely from one three materials: lightweight grade 6 Titanium, high-tech Black Ceramic (limited to 500 pieces) and King Gold (Hublot’s proprietary alloy of gold, copper, and platinum). Inside ticks Hublot’s signature Unico Chronograph Manufacture movement, packing an impressive power reserve of 72 hours and a water-resistance of 100 meters.
Head over to The Hour Glass website for more information on the latest Hublot Big Bang Integral.