Hublot celebrated the 15th anniversary of its famed Big Bang collection by launching the design watch fans have been waiting for: the Big Bang Integral. For the first time in the brand’s history, as its name suggests, its flagship timepiece has an integrated bracelet – an update of an icon we’re certain you’ll approve of.
Integrated architecture: Hublot’s re-engineered case
The new iteration fits so seamlessly into the collection that, to look at the Big Bang Integral, you might think it’d always existed, but it was actually created to mark the 15th anniversary of Hublot’s ground-breaking original. We know you are going to love it, because the new, integrated bracelet sits perfectly against the skin, guaranteeing ultimate comfort on the wrist.
The integrated bracelet has three links – one central and two lateral – that adopt the codes of the case. The bevelling and chamfering of those links, and their polished and satin-finished surfaces complement the watch’s sharp aesthetics. Each example in the collection is made entirely from one material, with the only exceptions being the black composite-resin lugs on the bezel, and the crown, which is overmoulded with rubber.
The titanium variation (£17,300) is impressively lightweight, while still representing an impactful piece of wristwear. The 42mm chronograph has a matt black skeletonised dial and a clear case back, meaning the intricate workings of the calibre HUB1280 are visible from both sides. Indexes have replaced the Arabic numerals, revealing even more of the workings within.
The movement consists of an impressive 354 parts. The column wheel is visible above the 6 o’clock marker and the flyback movement can be seen in action when the chronograph is in use. But this is more than just an attractive feature – it gives the tactile satisfaction of a traditionally built chronograph mechanism. There are two sub-dials: a 60-minute counter and a flyback small seconds counter, increasing the accuracy of the chronometer. The automatic calibre has a power reserve of approximately 72 hours and is water-resistant to 100m, proving this isn’t simply an impressive-looking piece – it’s a highly functional piece of horology.
Incredible alloys: Hublot’s unique metal
The Big Bang Integral is also available in Hublot’s exclusive King Gold (£43,500) – a unique alloy of gold, copper and platinum that results in an intense 18-carat gold that’s even redder than the traditional 18-carat 5N gold. To achieve this striking hue, the horology house’s metallurgists increased the percentage of copper and added platinum to neutralise oxidation, ensuring the colour remains stable over the years. This watch is eye-catching and, in our considered opinion, the perfect piece with which to make a statement – at 13.45mm thick, it’s certainly not for hiding beneath a shirtsleeve. The bezel features six of the brand’s signature black-plated titanium H-shaped screws, adding to the bold and uncompromising aesthetic.
Hublot Big Bang Integral
• 42mm titanium / 18-carat King Gold case and bracelet
• Calibre HUB1280 automatic movement
• Approximate 72-hour power reserve
• Skeletonised dial
• 60-minute and flyback small seconds sub-dials
• 100m water resistance
• Product nos: 17170736 / 17170737
• Price: £17,300 / £43,500
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