Hublot Big Bang 44mm Steel and Ceramic Watch Review
In about 2004 Hublot as a brand was totally reborn with the Big Bang. In a sense the name of the now extremely famous watch collection was appropriate for what it did for Hublot as a company – though it was anyone’s guess at the time how big of a bang it would be. Hublot was on its way to extinction until Jean-Claude Biver took over the company. He saw it as a challenge and his goal was to offer modern sport watches with infinite variety and character. For him, the key to this was “fusion.”
Mr. Biver will gladly sit down with you and explain what the unofficial company slogan “the art of fusion” means. In a sense it is about materials. The Big Bang (and other Hublot) watches are known for mixing and matching a variety of materials in each watch. This version for example has steel, titanium, ceramic, carbon fiber, resin, and rubber. Each material plays a distinct role in the character and look of the watch.
At the time Big Bang watches first came on the market they were considered large at 44mm wide. Right now that is the smallest men’s watch size the brand offers. 44mm wide is a great masculine size that doesn’t feel too large. The Big Bang has a personality all its own, which is lent to the wearer. The case is both elegant but modern, with a distinctly strong twist. This is aided by the military style font on the dial and the many “H” screws used on the bezel and case.
This reference 301.SB.131.RX model Big Bang watch has a carbon fiber dial. Less common these days, carbon fiber dials were all the rage several years ago. Hublot offered one of the handsomest executions of the concept in those Big Bang watches that features carbon fiber. The black carbon fiber texture is matched to applied steel hour indicators with a hint of sporty red color. The great look is only strengthened by its inherent legibility.
Inside this Big Bang watch is a modified Swiss ETA automatic chronograph movement that Hublot calls their caliber HUB4100. It is visible through the exposed caseback with a custom Hublot automatic rotor. More recent Hublot models have featured in-house made movements.
On the wrist the original Big Bang is attractive, sporty, and most importantly comfortable. Hublot has succeeded – thanks to an impressive amount of marketing – to make their high-end watch feel fun to wear, no matter how many of them you own.