Hublot Big Bang
Hublot Limited Edition Big Bang Unico Usain Bolt Automatic Ceramic Black Dial Watch 411.CX.1189.VR.USB16
Swiss Made, Limited Edition, 250 pieces worldwide, 45mm, satin finished and polished black ceramic bezel and case, skeleton dial, lighting bolt hand, black rubber strap, HUB1242 UNICO manufacture self-winding chronograph automatic flyback movement with column wheel, 72h power reserve, sapphire crystal glass, water resistant to 100 metres, 2 year manufacturer warranty, 411.CX.1189.VR.USB16.
Hublot have collaborated again with the worlds fastest man and brand ambassador Usain Bolt to present this new limited edition Big Bang Unico watch 411.CX.1189.VR.USB16, limited to 250 pieces worldwide. The watch aesthetics references the world class athlete and his background, design cues are taken from the Jamaican flag and flag colours Black, Green and Gold accents decorate the watches skeleton dial. The rubber strap is embossed with the outline of the flag. In focus, the real centerpiece of this timepiece is the sapphire crystal protected watch face, featured is gold rimmed sub dials positioned at the 3 and 9 o'clock, the gold rimmed hour numerals and lighting bolt hands emulates Usains Whirlwind speed and countless gold medals. The Ceramic bezel is bolted together with gold screws which ensures a greater water tight case. Powered by Hublot's in house automatic movement this watch promises ultimate durability, style and precision.
A movement or calibre is the inner heart of the watch, the internal mechanism or engine which acts as a powerhouse for the watch. There are many different types of movement, but they essentially fall into two categories: Mechanical or Quartz.
There are two types of mechanical movement: Automatic and Hand-Wound. Mechanical movements are considered very desirable in fine watchmaking due to the skill required to make them, building on centuries of craftsmanship and assembled my master watchmakers.Many luxury watch brands now develop their own in-house calibres, which are called in-house movements. This shows the skill and quality of a particular watch manufacturer.
Automatic is used to describe a self-winding mechanical watch and is the most popular mechanical movement used by watchmakers. An automatic watch is wound by the movement of the wrist and as long as you wear the watch regularly, it will rarely need to be manually wound.An automatic watch uses energy from the mainspring to power the watch, rather than a battery. This energy is created by a rotor which turns in response to the wearer’s movement.
Hand-wound is used to describe a hand-wound mechanical movement and is the oldest type of watch movement on the market.A hand-wound movement needs to be manually wound in order to create energy in the watch’s mainspring to power the watch. This is done by turning the crown multiple times and the mainspring will then slowly release energy.Winding intervals for a manual or hand-wound watch will depend on the capacity of the power reserve, which could be from 24 hours to a week or so.
Quartz is used to describe a battery powered watch movement and is an electrical watch mechanism celebrated for its accuracy and minimal maintenance required, apart from changing the battery.A battery sends an electrical current via a small quartz crystal, electrifying the crystal to make small vibrations which keeps the movement oscillating and in turn powers the watch.
Luxury watches were traditionally made in gold but with the advent of new technologies in watchmaking many new materials have come on to the market and are now widely used.The case forms the outer part of the watch, which surrounds the bezel and the underneath of the dial. This can come in materials including yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum, stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and a PVD coating.
The Watch Gallery is an authorised watch retailer and offers a minimum 2 year international manufacturer’s warranty with every watch it sells. As an authorised dealer, every new watch will come in a branded box with full papers of authenticity. All pre-owned models also come with The Watch Gallery’s own 2 year warranty.If for any reason you’re not entirely satisfied with your purchase, The Watch Gallery offers a full refund within 14 days of purchasing, as long as the watch remains unworn. Just retain the packaging and use the supplied label to return the watch back free of charge.
Glass is used to describe the transparent cover of the watch, which can also be referred to as crystal. Glass is used to protect the dial but can also be used on the reverse of the watch to make a transparent open caseback, which shows the inner workings of the watch mechanism.
Sapphire Crystal Glass
Sapphire crystal glass is commonly used because it is highly scratch resistant and extremely hard wearing. It is completely transparent, enabling you to see every intricate detail on the watch dial and is one of the hardest natural substances making it an excellent protector.
Mineral glass is often used as an alternative to sapphire crystal. Lower priced watches can feature mineral glass, but also some older Rolex models may also use this type of glass.
Plexiglas is the trade name for an acrylic glass, often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.
A power reserve indicates the power remaining within the mechanical movement of a watch, from fully wound to when it comes to a stop. A power reserve of 38 hours, for example, will continue to tell the time for 32 hours before stopping.A power reserve indicator showing the amount of time remaining is sometimes shown as a sub-dial on the main dial of the watch.
An open or transparent caseback features on the reverse of a watch and allows the wearer to see intricate details of the mechanism. It is a chance for the watch brand to show off the movement, which can often be decorated for added effect. A transparent caseback can be fully open, have a skeletonised window or cut-out shape.
The origin of a watch is where it has been assembled. Many watch brands are Swiss-made but there are a number of brands that originate from other countries, for example U-Boat is made in Italy and Bremont is made in England. Some watch brands will use Swiss-made parts, such as the movement, but the watch will be assembled elsewhere.