Timing devices are crucial for sports events. From a simple stopwatch functionality to sophisticated electronic timing systems, accurate timekeeping is essential for determining winners and setting records in various sports. Materials used in sports watches have considerably evolved to meet the demands of various kinds of sporting activities. Lightweight and durable materials, such as titanium and carbon fibre, are commonly used to enhance the performance of sports timepieces. In general, watches have become an integral part of sports culture, combining functionality, technology, and style to cater to the diverse needs of athletes and sports enthusiasts.
Continuing its association with sports, Hublot joined hands with the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) as the official timekeeper for the 30th BFA Asian Baseball Championship, which began on 3 December and ended on 10 December this year. To mark the occasion, the luxury watch brand has released the new Big Bang Unico Titanium Blue Ceramic (Ref. 441.NL.5171.RX) watch.
Baseball, often considered America's pastime, is deeply rooted in American culture. The sport dates back to the 19th century. The Major League Baseball (MLB) is the professional baseball league in the United States and is one of the oldest professional sports leagues in the country. The sport has played a significant role in shaping American sports traditions and many people associate baseball with the essence of American summer, leisure, and community. Baseball has also had a global impact, with international following and participation.
Honouring baseball, the 42 mm, micro-blasted Hublot Big Bang Unico titanium watch gets a size that could appear to be slightly bold to some wearers. On top of the case lies the micro-blasted blue ceramic bezel with stainless steel, H-shaped screws. At 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock are two titanium pushers for the chronograph function, including both side-protective bumpers. The skeleton dial watch gets a 60-minute track on the outer periphery and an openworked dial in blue. What’s more, the dial offers a full view of the mechanical movement and the column wheel at 6 o’clock.
There is a seconds counter at 9 o’clock while a blue 60-minute counter with an in-built date window can be seen at 3 o’clock. Lying above the movement are the Arabic hour markers for 12, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 o’clock, with hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova. The central chronograph seconds has the Hublot logo and an oblong tip; the Hublot logo sits at 12 o’clock.
Powering the new Hublot Big Bang Unico watch is the in-house, self-winding Calibre HUB1280 Unico movement with 72 hours of power reserve. This is the same movement that was previously seen in the Nespresso, Sky Blue, and Magic Gold models. Turning the watch over showcases the satin-finished titanium caseback. The watch is finished on a black-and-blue structured lined rubber strap with a titanium deployant buckle clasp.