Coming ahead of Watches and Wonders in Geneva, Singapore played host to LVMH Watch Week where Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith unveiled their latest novelties. An exclusive event of its own, LVMH Watch Week welcomes the Maison’s within the group the spotlight to showcase the latest pieces of the watch industry to enthusiasts, clients and journalists from around the world.
Here’s what Hublot’s coveted line-up consisted of…
BIG BANG UNICO INTEGRATED RAINBOW & BIG BANG UNICO TIME ONLY RAINBOW
Hublot puts the spotlight on precious stones with the introduction of the Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow and Big Bang Unico Time Only Rainbow. The two pieces are not simply stone-set but are fully paved from the case to the bezel to the bracelet featuring some of the most exquisite materials including ruby, amethyst, blue topaz, and tsavorite, as well as a whole spectrum of sapphires – pink, orange, blue and yellow.
Each radiant gemstone has been set by hand, courtesy of the brand’s master stone-setter, with a total of 174 gemstones taking over the Big Bang Integrated with 176 gemstones for the Time Only. The bracelets for each piece feature 768 and 748 set gemstones respectively.
BIG BANG TOURBILLON AUTOMATIC SAXEM YELLOW NEON
Hublot has long been known for being a disruptive watch brand and within its avant-garde pillar, there’s always the exciting realm of materials innovation. For this year’s line-up, Hublot has launched the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon Saxem – a unique timepiece that translates the risks between design and materials.
Although Hublot was not the first brand to introduce a watch in sapphire crystal, they were the first to really industrialize it. And whilst they’ve also been pioneers in coloured sapphire crystal, this year, Hublot wanted to have this luminescent neon yellow colour. Reproducing a translucent case in a bright, fluorescent shade of neon yellow may seem like a simple idea however, it was incredibly complex to achieve. The intense fluorescent shade of acid yellow, citrus-like in its quality, was met with a highly technical challenge where Hublot had to search for a solution in space technology. In fact, SAXEM was developed in the field of satellite technology – a unique material that had also been used in 2019 for the Big Bang MP-11.
BIG BANG UNICO SORAI
Hublot is also continuing to evolve its partnership with a very meaningful foundation SORAI, Save Our Rhinos Africa India. Since 2019, Hublot’s mission was to have sustainable projects that protect the planet. They wanted to create something that gave back to the earth and in this case, they are supporting the protection of an animal, the rhino.
Following its two previous limited editions, part of the proceeds from the sale of the 100 Big Bang Unico SORAI will be donated to the organisation. The new edition features colours inspired by the sunset – recalling the heightened danger faced by rhinos as night falls. Here, the sun is a symbol of hope, of a new dawn.
CLASSIC FUSION ORIGINAL
We may be seeing the Y2K comeback on the runway, but watches tend to make a return too, as proven by Hublot. The Classic Fusion, first created in 1980, corresponds quite well to today’s aesthetic trends courtesy of its classic yet sophisticated approach. During LVMH Watch Week, Hublot brought back the Classic Fusion Original in a precious gold case strapped on a simple rubber strap. Both refined and sporty, the Classic Fusion Original celebrates youthful maturity with timeless simplicity and is also in line with the shift in consumer preference for smaller, slimmer watches.
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