Unveiled today by Hublot, these are nicely refined versions of the Big Bang, now featuring all the best of features rolled out by Hublot over recent years — including the in-house UNICO chronograph caliber, first introduced in 2010. I’ll walk through the design subtleties (yes those round chrono pushers are a first), below.
A notable feature as part of the 45.5mm case is the new design of the crown, which is screw-down with overmoulded rubber and decorated on the end with the famous H from the Hublot screw. And, for the very first time since the creationof the Big Bang in 2005, the chrono pushers are round, with piston-style finishing.
Also you see the “triangle” where the case meets the strap — this is Hublot’s quick-change strap system which has gotten very good feedback from Hublot owners. The movement is partially skeletonized and looks good, though the date remains somewhat buried in the busy dial and challenging to read.
The movement is a flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, and which is unique in the watchmaking industry, two push-buttons, with date indicator, and featuring a uniquely positioned mechanism with dual coupling and the famous “column wheel” visible on the dial side.
Overall I like what Hublot has done with the Big Bang design, it now feels more refined than in the past and I think that is a good thing.
Hublot notes that these new pieces with UNICO calibers – will mark the start of a new line of Hublot products designed to complete the Big Bang, Classic Fusion, King Power and Masterpieces ranges.