Bar­rel-shaped Beach­comber —

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— 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.

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