he fourth edition of the LVMH Watch Week was held from January 10 to January 12 in Singapore this year, with Hublot, Zenith, TAG Heuer, and Bvlgari showcasing their latest novelties.
Prior to the opening, Stéphane Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer, LVMH Watches & Jewellery Division, told media what watch aficionados from around the world could expect from the Watch Week. He said, “The LVMH Watch Week reprises its initial format for this fourth edition in Asia, in Singapore, following two years of slowdown in international travel. We are delighted and proud to once again spotlight the collective dynamism of our four watchmaking brands – Bvlgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith – and to kick off 2023 with a presentation of their latest creations.”
Bianchi added that guests would have a chance to discover both revisited icons and exceptional pieces that embodied quality craftsmanship. Needless to say, the premier watch event lived up to all its expectations and how!
So, without further ado, let us take a closer look at what Hublot in particular had in store for watch lovers.
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon Saxem (Ref. 429.JY.0120.RT)
Hublot is one brand that is known to play with unconventional colours for its timepieces and the newly launched Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon Saxem (Ref. 429.JY.0120.RT) is proof of that. The 44 mm polished and micro-blasted SAXEM case comes in an intensely fluorescent acid yellow colour. So, what is SAXEM? It stands for sapphire aluminium oxide and rare earth mineral. It is an alloy of aluminium oxide, the basic component of sapphire, with rare earth elements like thulium and holmium as well as chromium. Over the bezel lie six signature H-shaped screws in polished and micro-blasted titanium.
The dial of this watch has been crafted from transparent sapphire to provide almost a full view of the movement. The centre of the skeleton dial sports Arabic hour markers and sapphire bridges. There is a large floating tourbillon at 6 o’clock, with a micro-rotor with ‘Hublot’ engraving at 12 o’clock for the watch to self-wind without hampering the view of its movement through the caseback, as with a traditional centrally-mounted rotor. Powering the watch is HUB6035, Hublot’s in-house movement, with a 72-hour power reserve. The limited edition collection comprises 50 pieces.
Big Bang Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 456.OX.0180.OX.3999) and Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 451.OX.1180.OX.3999)
One can easily call these two a sequel to the Rainbow editions released in 2022. Both watches are created in polished and satin-finished 18 ct King Gold. The Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 451.OX.1180.OX.3999) comes with a 42 mm case, sporting 120 gemstones (rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, tsavorites, yellow sapphires and orange sapphires). The chronograph has a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a small seconds counter with an integrated date window at 3 o’clock and rainbow-coloured, bar-shaped hour markers.
The watch is powered by in-house MHUB1280 Unico self-winding movement with a 72-hour power reserve. Turning the watch over reveals the satin-finished 18 ct King Gold caseback with 54 baguette-cut coloured gemstones. The strap and the buckle are set with 768 coloured gemstones.
As the name suggests, the Big Bang Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 456.OX.0180.OX.3999) is a 40mm, time-only watch. This variant comes with 128 gemstones and 748 gemstones for the strap and the buckle respectively. Powering this watch is the MHUB1710 self-winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve.
Both monochromatic watches come with completely black dials, main plate, flange.
Big Bang Unico SORAI (Ref. 421.FX.8099.NR.SOA23)
Limited to 100 pieces, this watch has been created in partnership with SORAI (Save Our Rhinos Africa India), whose founder is renowned former England cricketer Kevin Piertersen. He founded this organisation to save rhinos from poaching. A part of the proceeds from the sale of the Big Bang Unico SORAI will be donated to the organisation.
The 44 mm watch is created from polished and micro-blasted rhino-grey ceramic, specially developed for this limited edition. The Big Bang Unico SORAI features an open-worked dial in the glowing colours of sunset. The colours of daybreak include yellow, orange, purple and pink on the Arabic hour markers, the outer periphery, the 60-minute counter with an integrated date window at 3 o’clock and a small seconds with a rhino engraving at 9 o’clock.
Powering the chronograph is the MHUB1280 UNICO 2 self-winding movement with 72 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases the sapphire crystal skeleton caseback with SORAI’s logo. Thanks to the patented One Click interchangeable strap system, the Big Bang Unico SORAI can be worn with a grey fabric and Velcro version or a black, purple and orange camouflage design strap.
Hublot Classic Fusion Original
A classic is always a classic and it should not be tampered with. Since the 1980s, the Classic Fusion is a signature timepiece from Hublot that has remained as it is. With new updates, the timepiece maker has showcased its new collection in titanium (Ref. 542.NX.1270.RX.MDM), yellow gold (Ref. 542.VX.1230.RX.MDM ) and black magic (Ref. 542.CX.1270.RX.MDM). Now, it is available in yellow gold, titanium and ceramic; the cases are available in 42, 38 and 33 mm with six famous screws on the bezel.
The watches come with black polished dials with date windows at 3 o’clock and no hour markers, thus, maintaining a minimalistic look. The 38 mm and 42 mm versions have MHUB1110 self-winding movement with approximately 42 hours of power reserve while the 33 mm version has quartz movement. The movement can be seen on the sapphire caseback.
The Maison has also released Big Bang One Click Sapphire Diamonds 39 mm, Classic Fusion Gold Crystal and the Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve during the first watch event of the year.
Big Bang Unico (Ref. 441.NY.3192.LR.CBR22) and Big Bang One Click (Ref. 465.SY.3420.LR.CBR22)
To celebrate the ninth anniversary of Cheval Blanc Randheli, a luxury hotel in the Maldives, Hublot has launched two new Big Bang timepieces: Big Bang Unico (Ref. 441.NY.3192.LR.CBR22) and Big Bang One Click (Ref. 465.SY.3420.LR.CBR22). The watches are limited to 25 pieces each and will be exclusively available at the Cheval Blanc Randheli Concept Store.
The Big Bang Unico Cheval Blanc Randheli is a 42 mm, titanium chronograph with a yellow bezel with six screws. The matte-chocolate-dial watch features a skeleton dial, Arabic hour markers, grey main plate and flange. Yellow can also be found on the chronograph’s central hand at 12 o’clock and on the 30-minute counter with an integrated date window at 3 o’clock and a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock.
The Big Bang One Click (Ref. 465.SY.3420.LR.CBR22) is a 39 mm, polished, stainless steel, date watch with a date window at 3 o’clock, supported by 11 brilliant cut diamonds on a sunray chocolate dial.
Both watches use the same HUB1280 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 72 hours. And both come with polished yellow ceramic casebacks.