Switch up the Style of Your Big Bang in Just One Click!
Because a single timepiece will never suffice for the many lives you lead, and because beauty lies in the detail, these shearling One Click cuffs will switch your Big Bang to adventure, pioneering or urban mode in a single click.
Four removable shearling Cuddly Cuffs in brown, camel, blue or black can be fitted on the leather and rubber straps of 39 mm cases. A disruptive vision of Haute Horlogerie that has characterised Hublot‘s approach since it was founded: the bold marriage of materials based on innovation, technology and precision.
Hublot’s patented One Click system allows the strap on iconic Big Bang models with a 39 mm case to be changed in a single click. This ingenious, patented attachment system transforms calibres designed to stand the test of time into must-have accessories to complement any look.
There are not many movements that can claim the kind of pedigree enjoyed by Zenith‘s El Primero, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. For the first model to be equipped with the groundbreaking movement in 1969, the A384, the brand worked on a new and daring case design.
For the bracelet, they sought the expertise of the famed Gay Frères specialist company to create an original and exclusive bracelet that would match the watch’s avant-garde design. The result was the so-called “ladder” bracelet, which featured an unusual open design that boasted superior comfort and a dressier look compared to other sporty steel bracelets of the time.
Now, the coveted Ladder bracelet makes its grand return in the A384 Revival, completing the retro look and feel of the revived chronograph icon.
Hublot proudly presents the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal. A watch whose dial boasts the rarest form of gold on Earth: gold crystal.
“Every one of our Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watches is unique, truly one of a kind. A fusion of matter and design that is made possible through our mastery of the complex production process. We have been able to reproduce gold in its rarest form on earth: gold crystal. From the dawn of time to the dial of our watches, thanks to our wonderful Swiss environment, gold will always fascinate us. Here we can see it in its most beautiful and magical expression.”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot
Unique, delicate and flamboyant, the dial of the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal is decorated with gold crystal made from flakes of gold. Like a precious work of art, which needs to be framed, the dial is fitted into the black ceramic case of a Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watch, available in 38 mm or 45 mm diameters. It houses the HUB1112 calibre, a mechanical movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. A black alligator strap stitched onto rubber allows you to wear this rare object on your wrist.
Gold Crystal, the Rarest Form of Gold on Earth
Gold has always intrigued mankind. To understand this love of the yellow metal, you need to dig deep, deep in the history of time and our planet. Gold has been part of the Universe since shortly after its birth with the Big Bang. This means that all of the atoms on the Earth have been here since it was formed, some 4.6 billion years ago. A long time after, nearly 50 million years ago, auriferous veins appeared following the formation of mountain chains. Under the surface of the Earth, water wended its way, carrying with it mineral salts and metals that were deposited in conducive spots. These metals included gold. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, glaciers eroded the igneous rock that held these gold-bearing veins. Carried away by the water in rivers, the gold was then deposited on river-beds.
When it is collected, the gold is in the form of flakes. The conditions required to form a crystal are very rare, and gold crystals scarcely occur in nature. This is where Hublot’s engineers come into play by giving gold its most exclusive form: gold crystal.
The Research and Development Department at the Hublot manufacture heats gold in the purest form possible—24 carats—to melting point, which creates emanations of gold that we could compare to steam carrying atoms of gold. These particles rise through this emanation, then set in a crystalline form when they reach the cold surface. They agglomerate there as crystals with completely random shapes that are never the same twice.
The master dial maker then delicately picks up the crystals to lay them on the dial, cluster by cluster. Only 20% of these crystals are kept. Once they have been sorted, they are very delicately placed by hand on a black dial then imprisoned in a fine transparent lacquer that took years to develop. This is a complex operation as it must be carried out in a vacuum to avoid any air bubbles appearing. The process is repeated again and again as twenty different layers of lacquer must be applied to completely hold the crystals. Then this plate just needs to be polished to make the lacquer invisible and give a perfectly flat surface.
On the subject of icons, Zenith’s line of Pilot watches – specifically the Type 20 collection – is an airborne legend in its own right. Based on the earliest Zenith dashboard instruments that accompanied pioneers like Louis Blériot during the dawn of aviation, the Pilot Type 20 revisits the archetypical Pilot’s Watch design, with a strong vintage accent. Yet until now, the collection has been heavily influenced by the aesthetic of such historical instruments, using a combination of aged case materials and textured colored dials to emulate an early 20th century look.
Today, Zenith has revisited its iconic Pilot’s Watch to offer the utility of a modern instrument with all the analog charm of the past.
The Pilot Type 20 Rescue and Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue are offered in a stainless steel case with a slate-grey sunray dial, with the signature oversized Arabic numerals entirely made out of Super-LumiNova®. From the tarmac to the cockpit, yellow is a recurring color in the world of aircrafts that grabs the attention for vital controls and information. Securing this rugged model firmly to the wrist is an aged black calfskin leather strap recalling the classic shearling leather flight jacket, with rivets and a titanium pin buckle as well as a distinctive tab recalling those seen on vintage pilot helmets.
Hublot Captures the Ephemeral Rainbow
A celestial or divine manifestation that called for reverence or hope depending on the civilisation, this bridge between the earth and the sky was deconstructed by Isaac Newton in his theory on light and colours. These days, however, the rainbow remains a symbol of peace, joy and optimism.
Like a modern alchemist, the master of the Art of Fusion, Hublot has rendered this fleeting optical phenomenon immutable by designing the Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow, two 39-mm and 42-mm timepieces, thus enshrouding the beginning of 2020 with good omens. Like a rainbow of gemstones, they make this colour spectrum sparkle, prolonging its hitherto ephemeral appearance.
After the Big Bang, it’s now the Spirit of Big Bang’s turn to take on the colours of the Rainbow! The soft shade of the cases in King Gold takes on the colours of the rainbow with a shimmering paving of round and baguette-cut gemstones. On the 42-mm Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow, the hour hand clasps the chronograph skeleton movement like the claws of a precious setting, while sapphires, rubies, topazes, tsavorites and amethysts entirely cover the dial of the 39-mm model with sparkling reflections.
The seven famous colours indefinitely extend their power by also covering the alligator straps. These two newcomers reignite the success of the Spirit of Big Bang collection whose design is directly inspired by the Big Bang with a barrel shape. This is a unique case construction that enables an infinite number of combinations of materials and colours and encloses the Hublot HUB4700 movement, considered by connoisseurs as one of the best Swiss chronographs ever made.
Fusion in the Colour of Passion
Drawing the gaze with its striking bright red case in high-tech ceramic, entirely developed and produced by Hublot… This model reinvents horological performance, with a manufacture movement offering an unparalleled power reserve of 14 days via seven barrels which are visible from the dial side. Available in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the new Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic embodies the full splendour of Hublot’s Art of Fusion.
In 2018, Hublot revolutionised the world of watch design and technology with the creation of a brand new material: the first ever brightly coloured high-tech ceramic. This world exclusive, entirely developed and produced in-house at the manufacture’s R&D department and its Metallurgy and Materials laboratory, was protected by three patents covering both the material itself and its machining processes for case components. The secret was finding the right balance between temperature and pressure so as to keep the red pigments intact. Up to this point, only black and white ceramics had been used in watchmaking. The manufacture gained a significant lead in materials research, opening up new avenues in terms of both aesthetics and performance.
Hublot is adorning the Big Bang MP-11 with its exclusive red ceramic symbolising passion, power, endeavour and glory. Fully polished, this original case and bezel material offers a distinctive contrast with the iconic H-shaped screws of the Big Bang in black titanium, and with the crown and the strap in black rubber – another of the manufacture’s signatures. The result: a bold, striking and innovative design in the true spirit of Hublot.
A Unique Movement
Effortlessly embodying the Art of Fusion, this state-of-the-art red ceramic is paired with a Hublot manufacture movement offering unrivalled performance and design. Featuring an innovative and spectacular construction which can be admired through the transparent dial, the Hublot calibre HUB9011 manual-winding skeletonised movement offers an exceptional power reserve of two weeks via seven series-coupled barrels.
To enable energy to be transmitted between the horizontal barrel arbor and the vertical gears controlling the hour and minute display, the designers made use of a system rarely employed in watchmaking: a 90-degree helical worm gear. To create an aesthetic balance with this helical gear, which is visible at 10 o’clock, the balance, made from anthracite ruthenium, was moved to the dial side in a symmetrical position at 2 o’clock.
This movement, comprising 270 components, is also notable for its patented index-assembly system, its silicon escapement and its black platinum bridges. The Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic is wound manually using the large fluted crown with worm screw type relief that echoes the helical gear, or an electric Torx stylus inspired by the world of motor racing.
New Creation for LVMH Watch Week – Dubai 2020: The DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition
When two partners who are pioneers in their respective fields come together, the results can be unexpected and exciting. Coinciding with the release of the next-generation Land Rover Defender, a total redesign of the emblematic, all-terrain vehicle with its most significant evolution to date, Zenith and the famed British carmaker are reinforcing their partnership with their most original collaborative watch to date: the DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition.
This edition is a rugged and stealthy reinterpretation of the 21st century El Primero high-frequency chronograph, embodying the resilient spirit of the new Land Rover Defender that combines the ultimate in ruggedness and comfort. A limited edition of 250 pieces, it represents a complete makeover of the 1/100th of a second chronograph with a raw and minimalistic look. Crafted in microblasted titanium, the case absorbs light from all angles to better accentuate its faceted surfaces.
Paired with a matching closed grey dial, the redesigned display features for the first time in a DEFY 21 a linear power reserve window, with the slightest touches of color for legibility.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Creative Officer, said: “For the next chapter in our partnership with Zenith we wanted a timepiece that captured the essence of the new Land Rover Defender: modern, durable and highly desirable. With subtle details that capture the character of the new Defender, this for me is the best timepiece we have created with Zenith”.
New Creations for LVMH Watch Week – Dubai 2020: DEFY 21 Carl Cox
With respect to exceptional collaborations, Zenith is proud to introduce its newest Friend of the Brand, world-renowned DJ and producer Carl Cox and the new Defy 21 Carl Cox watch. An undisputed living legend in electronic music and specifically “techno”, Carl Cox is credited with bringing his craft to new heights and his unique sound to a global audience.
From underground rave parties in the 80s to main stage performances at festivals and his own stage at Burning Man as well as his pioneering record label, Carl Cox lives the “time to reach your star” philosophy to the fullest. His perseverance and undeniable talent have propelled him from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the most revered and influential personalities in the world of electronic music.
For his first eponymous special edition watch, the DEFY 21 Carl Cox, limited to 200 pieces, Zenith turned up the tempo with a special execution of its futuristic 1/100th of a second chronograph, with a carbon fiber bezel and strap stitching that glow in the dark. For a very personal touch by Carl Cox, the open dial keeps the beat pumping with a rotating disk shaped like a vinyl record at 9 o’clock, serving as a running seconds indicator.
“I am very lucky that I am able to share my love of music all over the world. All of us have the power within us to feel the beat and dance – my job is to bring that energy out and to unite everyone on the dancefloor. In a similar way, Zenith is about elevating the art of watchmaking and sharing its innovations with the world, so collaborating with them on a watch with a high-frequency beat felt very natural”, said Carl Cox.
A Dream Alliance
Hublot has reworked its famous Meca-10 factory calibre with a 10-day power reserve to combine it with the “barrel” design of its emblematic Spirit of Big Bang 45 mm collection. This cutting-edge encounter has given rise to the Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10, which is available in three versions – titanium, black ceramic and the exclusive King Gold alloy – with the famous rubber strap that Hublot was the first brand to combine with the gleam of gold.
“As the first fusion between our popular Meca-10 calibre manufacture and the iconic Spirit of Big Bang design, this new watch—with an extraordinary power reserve of 10 days that is displayed in an innovative way—completes a collection that is gaining importance at Hublot.”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot
Hublot stands out not only through its “Art of Fusion”, combining innovative materials or melding the traditional with the avant-garde, but also through its quest for the perfect harmony between cases and movements—a requirement that is enhanced by the fact that its mechanical movements are almost always visible through transparent dials.
By seeking to marry the round factory HUB1201 Meca-10 calibre (a movement that has already had a great success in many Big Bang models) with the “barrel” design of the Spirit of Big Bang (a line from the brand’s collection that is really taking off), Hublot was not about to settle for making just a few minor adjustments. In the spirit of the great art of watchmaking, where a “barrel” frame must hold a calibre with the same shape, the engineers were tasked with revising the whole construction of the movement so that it would fit in the new space available as efficiently as possible from a technical aspect—and as harmoniously as possible on an aesthetic level.
The Magic of a Construction Set
The new HUB1233 calibre retains the basic principles of the manual-winding skeleton Meca-10 factory movement, with its parallel twin barrel and exceptional 10-day power reserve displayed in an unusual way. At 12 o’clock, there are two racks sliding on a line between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock with an innovative new rack and pinion, whilst the opening at 3 o’clock shows the number of days left on the power reserve. It is an entertaining and high-performance display.
Another technical and aesthetic feature is also reflected in the round movement: the usual plate is replaced by bridges with a fixed length on either side of a ring that serves as a base for the movement—a highly original architecture that brings to mind the perforated “joists” of a construction set. Clever skeletonising of the components draws the eye to the heart of the mechanism, with a fascinating effect of depth, whether you look from the side of the dial or through the transparent back cover.
The technical appearance of the whole is lifted by the contrast between parts made from crude steel with satin or polished finishes and parts with blackened finishes. The central display of the hours and minutes is completed by a small second hand at 9 o’clock, next to the balance and the hairspring that keeps time with total precision. Thanks to the 10-day power reserve, Hublot was able to design the mechanism in manual mode—delighting everyone who likes to feel at one with their watch by giving it a regular boost of power.
Three Variations with the Same DNA
With its six H-screws crossing through the bezel, the lugs on either side of the dial, its highly-readable hands that are enhanced with a luminous coating, its imposing crown that facilitates winding and its bezel strap attachments, the Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 has all the features of the original famous Big Bang, Hublot’s flagship model, in a “barrel” shape.
The construction of the case also declares its identity loud and proud, with an innovative “sandwich” principle that makes it possible to vary and blend an infinite number of materials. This new watch from the manufacturer’s workshops is available in three versions, each with their own personality.
The first is in 18-carat King Gold, an exclusive alloy of gold and platinum that offers a new red-gold colour; the power of its design is further enhanced by the alternation of the cavities across its dial and beaded, satin and polished finishes. The second version pays tribute to high-tech black ceramic, a material of the future that is mastered only by Hublot, whilst the third is dressed in ultra-robust and ultra-light grade 5 titanium. The rubber strap with a lined texture, with a deployment clasp, offers optimal durability and an excellent level of comfort on your wrist.
Exploring Two Sides of Femininity
With its new creations dedicated entirely to women, Zenith is elevating both ends of the spectrum of women’s watches. On one side, the timelessly elegant Elite collection and on the other, the resolutely contemporary DEFY Midnight.
Zenith revisits its own past from the vantage point of today, with the newly revamped Elite collection of unisex watches. Sleeker, more minimalistic, yet strong in its graphic identity and confident in its timeless lines and proportions, the Elite collection doesn’t repeat the past, but rather rejuvenates the codes of mid-20th century watchmaking. Through two models available in two sizes and a number of case and dial combinations, the Elite Classic and Moonphase models set the tone for Zenith’s vision of contemporary elegance. The line caters to the desires of those who value the aesthetics and enduring appeal of watches from bygone eras, with just enough modern accents to ensure it never feels antiquated.
Like rays of light darting out from the sun, the radiant sunburst pattern of the Elite Classic dial creates a spectacle of highlights and shadows. To enhance the visual depth, the dial is set with tapered hour markers that are faceted and polished. The minutes and seconds track lend the dial a scientific touch, while slightly larger applied hour markers break up the track and highlight the four cardinal points of the dial. Floating above the lively dial are sharp and slim “Dauphine” shaped hands, a nostalgic nod to Zenith timepieces from mid-20th century.
The Elite Moonphase, majestic in its tones and whimsical in its harmonious asymmetry, uncovers the veil of night to bring out the enchanting beauty of the moon. A midnight blue circle on the lower half of the sunburst pattern dial takes on the same tone as the moonphase disk, giving the impression of an oversized display of the golden moon and stars. In juxtaposition, a small running seconds hand at 9 o’clock recalls the fleeting nature of time.
Carefully reapplying the same elegant proportions across the collection, the Elite Classic and Elite Moonphase models are available in 40.5mm and 36mm case diameters, in stainless steel or rose gold. Besides the choice of dial colors, the wearer can give his or her Elite a more personal touch with a wide choice of straps in numerous materials and colors, available from Zenith boutiques and authorized retailers.
In the latest models of the Divas’ Dream collection, the Roman jeweler continues to push the limits of form and function. Bringing the jeweler’s touch to the grand tradition of complicated watchmaking, the new Divas’ Dream Minute Repeater Malachite dares to combine one of Bulgari’s most recognized motifs — the Diva fan-shape — with an extraordinary mechanical movement to create the thinnest ladies’ minute repeater to date. The watch is finished with diamond pavé and a green malachite dial that captures the essence of Bulgari’s precious and exuberant style.
In addition, a new Divas’ Dream watch with a deep blue Lapis Lazuli dial and one adorned with a genuine peacock feather on its face represent the brand’s rich love of colour and devotion to unexpected materials. The new Divas’ Dream editions are a continuation of an ongoing saga, and one that sets Bulgari apart from both jewelers and watchmakers, sealing its peerless position as the Jeweler of Time.
For men, the record-breaking Octo Finissimo collection continues to break the mold of Swiss watchmaking with the launch of five new models. Bulgari once again rewrites the rules of contemporary watches with innovative new finishes like sandblast-polished ceramic and satin-polished steel and rose gold, making the Octo Finissimo the icon of the 21st century.
One highlight of Dubai 2020 is the new Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in rose gold, powered by the ultra-thin 3.12mm Mechanical Manufacture Minute Repeater movement with manual winding, BVL 362 caliber. A new edition of the record-breaking Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in titanium that first debuted in 2016, the original embodied a paradigm shift in terms of slenderness and laid the foundations of a new approach to mechanics and to classic complications, while preserving the legendary status of Bulgari watches, and cultivating the finest watchmaking traditions.
The minute repeater is indeed the most complex of all horological complications — and this model in sandblasted rose gold is an impeccable feat of technical and aesthetic expertise; the dial’s hour-markers have an incised, cut-out design as too does the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock: the openings serve to amplify resonance inside the case and thereby optimize the sound effect. The pusher activating the striking mechanism, fitted with an “all or nothing” safety device, is positioned on the case middle at 9 o’clock. This exceptional in-house developed and produced movement delivers a 42-hour power reserve once fully wound.
Octo Finissimo once again channels that rare fusion of edgy Italian design and Swiss engineering with the introduction of two new satin-polished non-monochromatic timepieces: the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel and the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Rose Gold. These are both powered by the 2.23mm thick BVL 138 Finissimo caliber and feature a polished black lacquer dial, fitted in the sophisticated Finissimo case. The rose gold edition comes on an alligator strap, perfectly integrated and complemented with a pin buckle.
The Octo saga presents its next chapter with the unveiling of the Octo Finissimo Automatic in Black Sandblast-Polished Ceramic, featuring a new sandblast-polished ceramic case and bracelet and sandblasted ceramic dial. A new signature monochromatic look, which alternates matte and brilliant surfaces, thus reflecting light in a way that feels fresh, innovative and new. To achieve the case’s extraordinary thinness in fine ceramic is a difficult feat — and requires the Roman Jeweler’s daring and delicate touch.
With its latest editions, Octo Finissimo paves the road into a thrilling new future for Swiss watchmaking. The latest models in its ongoing Rinascimento are an expression of Bulgari DNA in their daring, exuberance and artistry. In that vein, the Octo Finissimo Automatic in Black Ceramic and the Octo Finissimo Automatic in Steel represent such a nuanced take on classic masculinity that they can be worn by women as well as men — imbuing her style with boldness and a contemporary edge.