“Monobloc”, “monomaterial” and “monochrome” are the words premium Swiss watchmaker Hublot uses to sum up the latest colourful additions to its Big Bang Integral Ceramic collection. However, looking at these new arrivals another phrase springs to mind and, coincidentally, it also starts with m: “most wanted”.
Monobloc refers to the Big Bang Integral Ceramic’s sleek architecture — a design in which the first link of the bracelet is fused with the 42mm case.
Both this integrated bracelet and the case itself are made from ceramic. In fact, other than the composite lugs, pushers and rubber elements on the crown, the watch is made from this single hi-tech substance, hence “monomaterial”.
To achieve this innovation, Hublot has pushed the boundaries of ceramic by increasing its hardness and scratch resistance, while retaining its lightness. This, together with material’s hypoallergenic nature and low thermal conductivity, make a ceramic timepiece a joy to wear.
Hublot has also found a way to enhance the intensity of ceramic colours — something that’s shown off to brilliant effect in the four new monochrome colourways in its Big Bang Integral Ceramic collection.
Each of these colourways was inspired by a different natural element — wood, earth and water — and a different part of the globe. Indigo Blue conjures up thoughts of the Majorelle Garden in Morocco and the Blue City of Jodhpur in India, while Sky Blue brings the South Seas to mind. Sand Beige is a nod to world’s deserts as well as the beaches of the Caribbean, and Green to the jungles of tropical forests.
Another “m” word that’s essential to mention when talking about the Big Bang Integral Ceramic is the movement that powers this timepiece.
“The Unico V2 is a manufacture chronograph movement which is built from scratch — there are only a few of these on the market. It offers a 72-hour power reserve, which is also quite rare, and its chronometric precision is tried and tested,” says Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe.
The four new colourways of Big Bang Integral Ceramic will be rare too. Each is available in a limited edition of 250 pieces, which is just another reason this watch should be on any collector’s “most wanted” list.
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*This article was paid for by Hublot.