Hublot’s Big Bang collection has remained iconic since its introduction in 2005. Known for its bold, avant-garde design and fusing together materials such as stainless steel, ceramic and rubber, the collection has expanded over the years to include several models, sizes, and limited editions. The latest novelty to join the lineup is the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A by Samuel Ross (Ref 428.NX.0101.RX.SRA23). A collaborative effort with British designer and artist Samuel Ross — a brand ambassador since 2020 — the titanium timepiece is a limited edition of 50 and sports a striking vivid green.
Ross's association with Hublot dates back to 2019 when he was awarded the Hublot Design Prize; a year later, he was made the brand's ambassador. To commemorate the occasion, he unveiled REFORM, a sculpture designed to encapsulate 40 years of Hublot. The artwork combined granite and steel to create a fusion between old-school art and modern aesthetics, involving both traditional hand-finishing and cutting-edge machining. Last year, Hublot teamed up with Ross to create an unusual version of the Big Bang Tourbillon.
Featuring a highly skeletonised honeycomb-shaped frame, this Hublot x Samuel Ross collaborative piece was characterised by its vibrant orange colourway and produced as a limited edition of 50 pieces. While Hublot offers a wide assortment of bold and striking watches, the Samuel Ross piece presented a fresh new take on the iconic Big Bang while retaining its avant-garde roots. A worthy successor, this new Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A by Samuel Ross bears a strong similarity to the first collaborative timepiece while embracing a monochromatic approach (a grey hue) for the case and pairs it with interchangeable straps in three different colours (vivid green, black and white).
While the design of the new Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A by Samuel Ross is largely the same as its predecessor, there are subtle but marked differences. For instance, while the bright orange of the previous model made use of polymer, the case of the latest piece is crafted from micro blasted titanium. At 44 mm x 13.75 mm, the new timepiece retains the dimensions of the former model as well as the 30 m water resistance and the sapphire crystals fitted to both the dial side of the watch and the screw-on caseback. The crown, in keeping with the monochrome appeal, is in a shade of grey as well. Time is displayed via two hands only, hours and minutes. The tourbillon is positioned at 6 o’clock and the micro-rotor is displayed at 12 o’clock; the minute track on the dial’s outer periphery is in grey.
The honeycomb mesh complements the vivid green of the rubber strap; the green also appears as accents on the crown, tourbillon bridge, and the lateral bumpers that protect the case with the grey satin finish case and bezel. The contours are slightly more angular with sharper edges, a departure from the usual Big Bang design lines. The bezel has six visible screws, as does the honeycomb mesh skeleton caseback when the wearer turns the watch over. The watch number (out of 50) is also engraved on the caseback.
Powering the new Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A by Samuel Ross is the same in-house Calibre HUB6035 automatic movement with a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. The tourbillon bridge is coloured a metallic grey instead of the bright orange of the previous model’s. The two additional straps feature the brand’s quick-release system that allows users to easily detach them from the case by simply pressing the two buttons located on top of the lugs.