Barrel-shaped Beachcomber —
— After launching it to great fanfare in 2014, Hublot has rather quietly grown the newest of its four core collections, the tonneau-shaped Spirit of Big Bang, over the subsequent years. However, the latest addition to the collection, designed to evoke the waves of the Mediterranean and the beaches of the Côtes d’azur, made its debut over the summer. e new Spirit of Big Bang Blue’s 42-mm barrel-shaped case is made of microblasted and polished blue ceramic and mounted on a blue alligator leather strap with a white rubber underside. As is typical of Hublot watches and their “Art of Fusion” mission statement, other materials also make appearances in the details: the bezel lugs and white lateral inserts in the sides of the case are made of composite resin, the six H-shaped screws that anchor the case’s “sandwich” construction are made of polished, microblasted titanium, and the crown and pushers combine satin-finished titanium with white rubber inserts.
the clear sapphire dial, bordered by satinfinished, rhodium-plated, luminous hour appliqués and swept over by similarly appointed hands, shows off the movement, a skeletonized automatic chronograph caliber that Hublot has dubbed HUB 4700 – and whose base diehard chronograph aficionados will recognize as the famed Zenith El Primero. Said aficionados will also appreciate the attributes it brings to the table: a speedy frequency of 36,600 vph, a 50-hour power reserve, a column-wheel-controlled chronograph mechanism and a date window at 4:30. The movement is also on full display behind a sapphire caseback window, and the sporty blue-andwhite “Fusion” strap closes with a deployant buckle made of titanium. It’s limited to just 100 pieces and priced at $26,200.