It is hard to hide the current trend for sports watches with integrated bracelets… They are simply all over the place and in all price segments. Hublot, one of the main participants in the robust luxury sports watch, has been aware of this and already had such an option on its Classic Fusion watch. But, surprisingly, never before the Big Bang, the sportier, bolder version (a competitor to the RO Offshore) has never been offered on bracelet… until now. Meet the new Hublot Big Bang Integral collection.
While the Classic Fusion could be seen as an alternative to the thin and relatively restrained watches in the luxury sports watch category – still, Hublot is one step further when it comes to colours and dimensions – the other main collection of Hublot, the Big Bang, is a more robust, even more contrasted version with larger case, more combination of material, more angles, more skeletonization… More of everything, if you want. And while integrated metallic bracelets are everywhere these days, Hublot has been surprisingly quiet in this field. At least in the Big Bang collection, since bracelets are offered on the Fusion for some years.
To answer the current demand for such integrated sports watches, Hublot presents the Big Bang Integral collection… Integral as in “integrated” and “integrally made of one material”. 15 years (yes, already) after its creation, the Big Bang features its first integrated metal bracelet, with the first link fused with the case.
However, on the contrary of changing from a rubber to leather strap, adding a metallic bracelet meant more work than expected and the case needed to be partially redesigned, particularly on the lug side with central module going down to meet with the bracelet’s first link. The rest of the case remains perfectly known, with a round bezel over a tonneau-shaped sandwich, featuring 6 H-shaped screws. The case measures 42mm, has angles and bevels all around, and a combination of deep brushed flat surfaces and highly polished accents.
The bracelet, this watch’s main novelty, takes the design of the case and adapts it with the same combination of finishings and large bevels all around the links. Don’t expect either the case or the bracelet to be ultra-thin, it is a voluntarily robust and highly masculine design with bold proportions. Still, the finishing appears impressive – we’ll confirm in a hands-on article soon.
3 versions of the Hublot Big Bang Integral are unveiled. The first is a classic titanium model, with black contrasting elements. The second is made of King Gold (Hublot’s proprietary alloy) with black dial and contrasting elements. The third one, and the most visually striking, is a full black ceramic version – bracelet included.
Powering the Hublot Big Bang Integral is the brand’s manufacture chronograph movement, the UNICO, an automatic and integrated architecture calibre. It is here presented in a modern skeletonized version with two registers and the column-wheel classically visible at 6 o’clock, dial side. The movement runs at 4Hz and provides 72h of energy.
Price and availability
The Hublot Big Bang Integral Black Ceramic (ref. 451.CX.1140.CX) is a limited edition of 500 pieces, priced at EUR 22,700. The Hublot Big Bang Integral Titanium (ref. 451.NX.1170.NX) is not limited and priced at EUR 20,700. The Hublot Big Bang Integral King Gold (ref. 451.OX.1180.OX) is not limited and priced at EUR 51,800.
More details at hublot.com
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