Crys­tal Clear

Bespoke - - EMPEROR 1688 -

Ever since it was founded in 1980, Hublot has stood for edgy de­signs com­bined with un­usual ma­te­ri­als and this year they’ve upped the ante with the Big Bang Unico Sap­phire, a cool look­ing watch made of one of the hard­est ma­te­ri­als known to man – sap­phire crys­tal. It won’t be easy to pro­duce but there is a prece­dent: the Richard Mille RM 56-02, which was launched in 2014, limited to just ten pieces and took a year to make at a cost of 2 mil­lion USD. This new sap­phire Big Bang is much more rea­son­ably priced how­ever, at 57,900 USD. And it has a larger scale pro­duc­tion, with an im­pres­sive 500 units slated to be made. Fea­tur­ing a win­dow, case mid­dle, bezel and case back, all cut from blocks of sap­phire crys­tal, which is scratch re­sis­tant and al­most as hard as di­a­monds. The watch is com­ple­mented by a skele­tonized dial made of trans­par­ent resin and a translu­cent sil­i­cone strap. In fact, the only parts that aren’t seethrough are the ti­ta­nium screws, crown and de­ploy­ant buckle. It’s clearly im­pres­sive.

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