Introducing the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire

Hublot has never been a brand for the wallflower. With robust designs, statement aesthetics and painfully complex movements, every piece adds an exclamation mark to the wrist and their latest innovation, things have never been clearer. Enter the Big Bang Unico Sapphire.

You don’t have to work in Hatton Garden to know that sapphire crystal is probably pretty difficult to work with. Although long applied to watch dials thanks to a scratch resistance rivalled only by diamond, the precious stone is notoriously difficult to machine and as such, has never been used ‘en masse’ when designing the inner workings of a watch. Until now. Trust Hublot then, with their Argos-sized catalogue of world firsts, to go against the horological grain and add one more to the collection.

The Big Bang Unico Sapphire applies sapphire crystal to an entire watch with the case middle, bezel and back being cut from blocks of sapphire crystal. Titanium also plays a part, but to a much lesser extent, with only the screws, crown and deployment buckle being crafted of the material. Furthermore, the skeleton dial is made from transparent resin to reveal the inner sanctum of the iconic Unico HUB1242 movement – never before has every inch of the mechanics been visible.

Limited to just 500 pieces worldwide, the Hublot sapphire watch is presented with a polished sapphire crystal 45mm case and bezel bolted together with satin finished 6 H-shaped titanium screws. The skeleton dial displays polished transparent composite resin hour numerals, appliques and hands with white luminescent coating. A small second sub dial sits at 3 o’clock alongside a day date column wheel; all powered by Hublot’s in-house HUB 1242 UNICO automatic movement. The strap continues with the transparent theme which is made with transparent structured lined straps.

Things have just got much clearer – the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire is now available for pre-order online.