Introducing the Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent, with aluminium-coated carbon fiber

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent blue carbon fiber detail - Perpetuelle

Not a sexy name, but the look?  Well, maybe.  This collaboration with fashionable Italian eyewear/sunglasses brand has resulted in a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium® , whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand.  Texalium is unique in that it is aluminium-coated carbon fiber; the great advantage of this is that it can be designed in different colours and has a remarkable brilliance, with all the lightness of carbon fiber.   By now well accustomed to carbon fiber cases, you can see that Hublot has gone a step further to achieve a rather vivid color variation.  Actually, two colors are unveiled — blue and grey.  Each with Hublot’s in-house UNICO chronograph caliber.  A 500-piece limited edition of each of these two versions will be produced; each watch comes in a customised Italia Independent display case, complete with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses, also made from Texalium.  And that studded denim strap?  Just a little something extra special for you Hublotistas.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent blue carbon fiber - Perpetuelle

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent grey carbon fiber - Perpetuelle

 

Weekend Watch: 2015 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Models

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Duo 2015 with racing straps - Perpetuelle

Here is a first look at Hublot’s first additions to its Big Bang Ferrari line for 2015. The collaboration between Ferrari and Hublot been running strong since it was announced late 2011, with upwards of ten Hublot Big Bang Ferrari references made thus far. Following the launch of the first two watches, the Big Bang Titanium and the Big Bang Magic Gold in 2012, the famous MP-05 LaFerrari (hands-on) – the only watch in the world with a 50-day power reserve – three Big Bang models in 2013, three Big Bang models in 2014, two new Big Bang Ferrari “racing” versions have now been unveiled.

These two new models, set to officially debut at Baselworld 2015 next month, are actually part of a broader milestone: 10 years of the Big Bang. Of course done under the Ferrari collaboration, they are much styled in the “racing theme” particularly those straps (with the one-click fast attachment system, btw). The first is the aptly named Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic, which is adorned with details in Ferrari’s legendary red colour; the second is the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, inspired by the historic NART (North America Racing Team) livery. Each piece offered in a limited edition of 250 pieces.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic NART - Perpetuelle

The ceramic case measures in at 45mm, housing a UNICO manufacture movement. The dial is dominated by the unique and distinctive Ferrari grille – a blackened crisscross mesh which clearly reveals the main plates and bridges of the movement. On top of this we see an applique of the famous Ferrari Prancing Horse at 9 o’clock, while the minute counter and date window appear at 3 o’clock in the colors of the Ferrari shield.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic 2015 with racing strap - Perpetuelle

Not pictured is the rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal casback, inspired by the five-spoke Ferrari wheels.

Hublot Reference 401.CX.1123.VR (Black ceramic) Limited edition of 250 pieces

Hublot Reference 401.FX.1123.VR (Grey ceramic) Limited edition of 250 pieces

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LVMH’s Biver: Expensive Watches Are for Eternity, Smartwatches Lack Emotion

CNN’s Richard Quest recently spoke to Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH’s watch division and Hublot Chairman, about the emergence of smartwatches, the challenges Swiss watchmakers face due to the rise in the value of the Swiss Franc, and more.  It is a dynamic conversation in which Biver lauds the longevity and emotion of a Swiss mechanical watch, reveals which LVMH watch brand will get on the “smartwatch train” and why, and the reason for all those mono-brand boutiques.  The interview is also full of Biver’s usual candor and ebullience, which I really admire and appreciate.

Click here, or the image below, to watch the full 5 minute discussion (sorry CNN wouldn’t let me embed it here):

Biver on CNN

Hublot King Spider Bang for Anderson Silva

Hublot Spider Bang black and yellow watch - Perpetuelle

As UFC 183 kicks off tonight, the main event will feature Anderson “The Spider” Silva squaring off against Nick Diaz in a 5 round middleweight bout.   As one whodoes not fall MMA in the least, I won’t make any predictions on the outcome.  There is one prediction I will make, however:  you will see Silva wearing this Hublot”King Spider Bang” watch sometime after the match, and he won’t be looking like you see him below.  Hublot has made 100 pieces of the watch you see here — with 48mm black ceramic case — and also 11 pieces in King Gold with red and black accents.   This is not a new release from Hublot, but it was top of mind this evening.  The Hublot King Spider Bang is available now at ‪#‎Hublot‬ Miami Design District boutique in Miami, FL — its lists at $21,600 in ceramic, but you can probably find it for a fair bit less than this if you put in the effort.

Anderson Silva Poses with the Hublot King Spider Bang Watch

Anderson Silva Spider Bang watch