One would think that the luxury watchmaking industry is a discreet community made up of brands that are focused mainly on innovation and technology, aided by mutual support. While that may be true, Hublot is a bit different than others in that they receive flak for reasons beyond basic comprehension. Nevertheless, it continues to strive harder and offer better products over time. It’s most evident in their signature Big Bang Unico watches, perfectly exemplified by their proprietary King Gold model.
RELEASE DATE & PRICE
Release Date: 2005
Price when reviewed: US$17,000.00 to US$36,000.00
The Unico is Hublot’s signature movement, which makes the Big Bang Unico watches their signature pieces. They come with four versions of metal cases: titanium, titanium and ceramic, king gold, and king gold ceramic. In so far as the Big Bang Unico watches have existed, the king gold version has been pronounced as the star of the collection and the main attraction of the brand in general.
The King Gold’s appeal lie in its very attractive case but each Big Bang Unico is equipped with the universal features of a skeletonized dial, prominent hour markers and Arabic numerals, 60-minute counter, and small seconds subdial.
- Diameter: 45 mm
- Case: 18K King Gold
- Movement: HUB1242 Unico
- Power Reserve: 72 hours
- Water Resistance: 100 meters
- Features/Functions: Self-winding chronograph
Big Bang Unico watches carries something the brand can really brag about in terms of quality—the movement. The movement in Big Bang Unico watches is a product of years-long worth of research and evolution by Hublot itself. The brand didn’t normally boast of producing in-house movements before this, so coming out with a 330-part individually- and manually-assembled movement is a milestone that owners of the watch can be proud of.
The movement is also a modifiable one that fits in other complications and modules to accommodate different features in different watches. The latest release of the Big Bang Unico is a 42mm-diameter watch that has a reduced thickness to boot. This opens up an opportunity for customers with average to smaller-sized wrists to enjoy the elegance of Hublot’s signature model.
Though the new 42mm watch is a step toward the trend of smaller wristwatches, it’s still deemed too large if standard industry sizes are to be taken into account. The movement itself leaves little to be altered as the size it’s usually made into can’t be fitted on a smaller case than what is already offered.
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