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Hublot - A Single Shade of Gray

Hublot A Single Shade of Gray

Focus on the Big Bang Essential Grey

No need for a play on words with the famous “50 shades of gray”, however tempting: the new Big Bang has only one color: a modern, light, luminous gray that is revealed on a timepiece of which only 200 will be produced – an example of hyper-exclusivity. Even then, the 200 fortunate few will be able to acquire this beauty online only. Why so? “This puts all our fans, collectors or potential customers on an equal footing to get this rare new model”, explains Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. Not only did someone have to come up with this idea, but also dare to put it into practice. Above and beyond the concept lies the technique itself. Opting for a single color for a skeleton watch with more than 350 components is no easy task. Not to mention the exterior case and strap components. For the case, Hublot opted for titanium, which is the requisite monochrome gray in its natural state. To ensure its unique gleam, Hublot has satin-brushed the case, bezel and back. The dial is reduced to its simplest expression in this skeletonized version, with a rhodium treatment chosen to reproduce the exact appearance of the titanium. As always, this Big Bang will come with two interchangeable straps. 

A Single Shade of Gray

Big Bang Essential Grey © Hublot

Hublot Big Bang Essential Grey

Case: satin-brushed titanium, sapphire crystal dial, water-resistant to 10m (10 bar)
Size: 42mm
Thickness: 14.5mm
Movement: self-winding Manufacture UNICO HUB1280 chronograph, 72h power reserve
Functions: hours and minutes, seconds, chronograph, date
Dial: skeletonized, rhodium-plated
Strap: rubber with black and gray lining and satin-brushed titanium clasp; or gray fabric with Velcro fastening
Price: CHF 19,900

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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, 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.

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