Over the past couple of months, the race to come up with a steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet has been running rampant throughout the watch world. And the latest contestant to cross the finish line is Hublot with its brand new Big Bang Integral.
What’s surprising about Hublot’s entry is the fact that the brand was pretty much built around the concept of ‘Art of Fusion’ giving each of their timepieces a mix of interesting materials. The best example this is the fact that back when the brand was launched, they were the first to offer an expensive gold case, with a rubber strap.
Now, after 15 years, Hublot is doing something that has never been done since the inception of the brand, and that is to offer an integrated bracelet. Instead of stainless steel, however, Hublot has decided to go with the most iconic materials in the brand, offering the Big Bang Integral in titanium, a black ceramic, and their exclusive King Gold.
In order to accommodate this new bracelet, the case had to be tweaked slightly but as you can see from the photos, has retained every ounce of the brand’s DNA. The bracelet uses a quite traditional 3-link construction but the way they have angled and polished each link makes it anything but.
Out of the three, the black ceramic and King Gold variants are the most interesting to us, if the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ceramic is anything to go by, the Hublot Big Bang Integral all-black ceramic should feel amazing on the wrist. And as for the King Gold, sure it may be a bit flashy, but most Hublot buyers are trying to make a statement anyways, what better way than an all-gold, chunky piece of watch. And with Hublot having industrialised the sapphire machining process, we hope an all sapphire bracelet is not that far off.
Within the case, the watch is powered by Hublot’s proprietary manufacture UNICO movement, the Calibre HUB1280 with a flyback chronograph function. It has a horizontal double clutch chronograph mechanism, a column wheel visible from the dial side, a flat automatic winding system and a massive three days of power reserve.
The Hublot Big Bang Integral will be available at these prices: Titanium (USD 20,900), King Gold: (USD 52,500) and Black Ceramic (USD 23,100 limited to 500 pieces). For more information please visit The Hour Glass website by clicking on this link.
Case: Titanium / King Gold / black ceramic
Case size: 42mm
Movement: Caliber HUB1280
Water Resistance: 100m
Price: USD 20,900 / USD 52,500 / USD 23,100