The new Hublot Big Bang Sapphire has nothing to hide, literally – the middle, bezel, and back of the 45 mm diameter case are cut from blocks of solid sapphire crystal and the skeltonized dial is made from transparent resin. Wow. I’ve mentioned before the advancements in sapphire machining technology that has enabled such pieces to be created, and this is yet another good example of that.
Most interesting to me is seeing these sapphire dream pieces becoming not so “one-off” — 500 pieces of this super-cool Hublot Big Bang Sapphire will be made, though still at a rather hefty price of $57,900 apiece.
Of course many more good example of incredible sapphire-cased watches riding this wave of awesomeness. Such pieces are likewise expensive (even moreso) and often unique, which is why it is mostly the independents who have taken to such creations — most notably Richard Mille’s $2,000,000 RM56-02 sapphire, MB&F Sapphire Vision and HM2 sapphire, H. Moser sapphire unique piece on 3D printed strap, 4N’s Sapphire Planet, Hysek and more. A decade ago, none of these watches could have been reasonably made if at all. It’s good to be a forward-thinking watchmaker in this age of technology, isn’t it?
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Sapphire
Limited edition 500 pieces
45mm sapphire crystal case, automatic mechanical Hublot Unico Caliber HUB1242, lined rubber strap
Oh — I almost forgot (how could I?!) — this is not Hublot’s first time to this dance — have you seen their La Ferrari Sapphire? An ambitious piece to say the least…