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Hublot - Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon

Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon

Pioneer when it comes to colouring and shaping of its sapphires cases, Hublot presents a skeleton tourbillon entirely cut in this ultra-resistant and transparent material.

The new Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon is completely transparent, including the case, dial, strap and tourbillon movement. The crystalline connections disappear to reveal the skeleton mechanics of the tourbillon, for which the cage is held in place by a strip cut from sapphire. Hublot’s innovation and research has once more broken through a glass ceiling in the when it comes to usage of sapphire crystal in watchmaking.

“Sapphire is hard and fragile at the same time, which opens up an infinite realm of possibilities. In recent years we have managed to industrialise it and to dye it in original colours. We are now going even further to perfect this unique expertise: creating detailed components from sapphire as well as high-tech polycarbonate.”

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot

This Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon forged from sapphire, the hardest and most durable material after diamond, creates absolute transparency. For the first time, its skeleton movement and see-through connections are revealed through ‘invisibility’, where only a few metallic gears sketch out the contours. The sapphire middle, bezel and the back of the case reveal crystal mechanics that seem to float. The dial and its numbers, index and power reserve indicator are all opalescent and flown over by perforated hands.

Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon

Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon © Hublot

This 99-edition manufacture tourbillon represents a breakthrough in the technical and aesthetic use of sapphire. In addition to its 45 mm case, cut from a block of sapphire, the tourbillon strip is designed in the same material, which is almost indestructible. The new Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon represents the Art of Fusion between clarity and purity. On the wrist the Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon appears invisible with a transparent rubber strap, whilst revealing the inner mechanics of the watch.

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From the outset, Hublot has embodied design and innovation that differ markedly from the established watchmaking order. With the impetus provided by Jean-Claude Biver, by 2004 these values had already become the basis of a new DNA, leading the brand to develop particularly audacious timepieces – most of them with a highly-developed sporting aspect.

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