This year sees the evolution of the connected watch equipped with the latest technology powered with Wear OS by Google and presented in a more wearable 42mm case that, once again, adopts all the iconic codes of the Big Bang, and a bold new bezel featuring stencilled numerals. On the outside it is every bit Big Bang for your buck and, as is to be expected from Hublot, only the very best will do with case options in high-quality satin-finished and polished titanium or micro-blasted and polished black ceramic. The Big Bang e also features Hublot’s patented one-click system on the numerous colourful, interchangeable straps.
Obsolescence comes very fast in the digital, electronic segment and, while Hublot is sure to introduce new hardware to the collection in three years, it is committed to keeping the software updatable and easily downloadable for “older” models.
Art has always been a thread in the Big Bang design DNA and, apart from practical dial options, artist and longtime friend of the brand, Marc Ferrero has created eight colourful lifestyle art dials that are vividly displayed in a sequence over a 24-hour period on the new 390x390 pixel/327dpi-resolution touchscreen. Apart from the Time Only analogue function, the watch also features exclusive interpretations of traditional watch complications, such as a perpetual calendar with a precise moon phase, and a second GMT time zone with the Earth presented in a very realistic way.
The lithium-ion battery holds its charge for one day and is ready for action again after two-and-a-half hours of induction charging. The watch is compatible with Android 6.0+ and above, and connectivity is through Bluetooth 4.2. So, unless you have access to free Wi-Fi in a modern, connected city, you’ll still need to have your watch within Bluetooth range of your phone to use most of the apps.
• The titanium model retails online for CHF4,900 (about R74,000) and the ceramic for CHF5,500 (about R82,500). For local enquiries contact World’s Finest Watches 011-669-5600 or Tanur Jewellers 021-418-2530.