Hublot A Four-Handed Michelin-Starred Dinner
Damascus Steel: the material of choice for Michelin starred chefs, from their knives to their Big Bang Unico Gourmet
Fusion in the kitchen
One evening, the Hublot brigade and four Michelin-starred chefs. The challenge: to bring two of them together in the kitchen and let the fusion happen. The result? A unique experience and a unique menu that leave an indelible mark. In a menu developed in tandem, Anne-Sophie & Yannick fused two ingredients essential to their cuisine and to Hublot: respect for raw materials and a taste for innovation. The two chefs combined Anne-Sophie Pic’s instinctive and intuitive cuisine with Yannick Alléno’s experimental and modernist technique. A meeting of minds and taste that brought to life an experience and a menu that were first, unique and different. One hundred guests had the chance to experience a moment suspended in time alongside the chefs and their brigade. At the table for once, Eneko Atxa and Paul Pairet took part in the extraordinary experience on the other side of the looking glass.
Big Bang Unico Gourmet © Hublot
Big Bang Unico Gourmet - Limited Edition of 200 pieces
To celebrate its Gastronomy family, Hublot imagined transposing the chef’s steel of predilection to that of its watches. Damascus steel affixes its original imprint on the case and the bezel of the Big Bang Unico Gourmet. Thanks to its practical Velcro strap, the UNICO HUB1280 manufacture chronograph will just have enough time to measure the speed with which it takes for the watch to go from the chef’s wrists to the chef’s stainless-steel worktops.
Big Bang Unico Gourmet © Hublot
A Legendary Steel on the wrist
This storied steel, historically known as Wootz and originating in the Damascus region in 300 BC, was known to forge the most resistant and cutting swords. Today, Damascus steel refers to a technique of hammering and folding steel to make it more resistant. This steel is often used to forge the kitchen knives prized by Michelin-starred chefs. It is now used to make the Big Bang, in a limited edition of 200 pieces – the Big Bang Unico Gourmet. Also known as Damasteel, it iss made by the Swedish company Damasteel, which has mastered the fashioning of this material since 1876. This unique steel has greater resistance and a unique weave of patterned steel on its surface. Damasteel is not a traditional metal, it is a metal composite created from two types of steel. The first, 304L, is dark and made primarily of carbon; the other, 316L, is lighter – the two are forged, folded and folded again like a flaky puff pastry, then pressed. A matrix rendering that sees the two materials welded into each other, producing a patterned weave that is unique every time. These moiré patterns, like a fingerprint, are never identical. To adapt perfectly to the watch’s dimensions, Hublot chose a unique design, a pattern that fuses ageold savoir faire with the innovation developed by Damasteel. Surface corrosion of the composite allows the stratification of the two steels to appear, revealing the pattern through a contrast of the materials. In addition to its highly recognisable aesthetics, Damascus steel is also renowed for being more durable than traditional steel.
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, which is currently headed by Ricardo Guadalupe - its CEO since 2012, to develop particularly audacious timepieces – most of them with a highly-developed sporting aspect.Find out more >
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