The horology elements have coalesced to release a veritable supernova: The Big Bang Unico Sapphire. As revolutionary as its moniker, this earth-shattering timepiece is carving a new epoch in Hublot's history that brings the Swiss maison into a new futuristic age.
An innovative manufactore that prides itself on its niche creations that transform rare materials into artful chronographs — such as the world's only scratch-resistant gold timepiece, the Magic Gold — Hublot has raised the bar this year by crafting their newest timepiece straight from sapphire.
Sapphire is just behind diamond in terms of hardness — making it a complicated material to machine — and has always been reserved for private collections or one-of-a-kind pieces. But Hublot has tackled this complex challenge head-on, producing 500 pieces of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire; all without damaging the gem's unique and rare properties.
Cut entirely from sapphire blocks, the case middle, bezel and back are the hardest and most scratch-proof surfaces. Paired with titanium to form the spine, screws, crown and buckle, this resilient chronograph is second-to-none with its skeleton dial moulded from transparent resin to reveal the elaborate gears of the proprietary Unico HUB1242 movement. A silhouette of lightweight minimalism that belies its might, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire is the mechanical embodiment of negative space — a gem of lucid luminosity that will never wink out.
The Big Bang Unico Sapphire is available at the Hublot boutique and authorised retailer The Hour Glass. Limited edition of 500 pieces.