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Sun, sand and incredibly tan, sexy people. The French Riveria provided the perfect backdrop this week for Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot to unveil its latest timepiece; the Big Bang Blue. A celebration of all things summer, particularly blue skies and even bluer seas, this bold blue watch is set to become a permanent fixture on the wrists of the world’s fashionable elite as they soak up the warm weather in the Mediterranean.
Part of Hublot’s popular Big Bang collection, the new Big Bang Blue is offered in a 45mm case made from micro-blasted and polished blue ceramic with contrasting white resin inserts and is paired with a blue and white natural rubber strap or a blue alligator leather strap. Thanks to its bright colouring and generous proportions, it makes a statement on the wrist that’s kind of hard to ignore, which is perfect for setting just the right tone for playtime at the pool or beach this year.
The skeletonized dial features blue and silver accents with full fly-back chronograph functionality, including central chronograph seconds, and a 60-min elapsed counter, complete with a date window at 3 o’clock. The chronograph pushers are made from satin-finished titanium, while the crown is satin-finished and micro-blasted titanium. Over at 9 o’clock is a second sub-dial showing the small seconds.
This bold blue watch is set to become a permanent fixture on the wrists of the world’s fashionable elite
The Big Bang Blue is more than just a pretty face however. Beneath the cerulean skeleton dial beats Hublot’s UNICO manufacture movement, a self-winding fly-back chronograph with column wheel. Comprised of 330 components, including 38 jewels, it operates at a frequency of 4hz and offers 72 hours of power in reserve. Finally, the case is rated water resistant to 100m, which means you can leave it right there on your wrist when you decide to go swimming.
Only 100 pieces of the Big Bang Blue are being released, with the watches initially only available from Hublot’s summer boutiques in Cannes, Saint Tropez, Porto Cervo, Capri and Mykonos, before arriving at all Hublot boutiques across the world.
The Big Bang Blue is more than just a pretty face however. Beneath the cerulean skeleton dial beats Hublot’s UNICO manufacture movement
Not known for doing things in half-measures, Hublot combined the launch of the Big Bang Blue with the unveiling of its newly re-designed, nautically-themed summer boutiques in Cannes and St Tropez. Designed by Mrs. Biver – the wife of LVMH’s charismatic Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver – the azure blue façades reflect the Mediterranean, while sand-coloured soft seating, aged oak wood panelling and display cases combining wood and fabric in nautical colours, make for a very relaxing and welcoming environment inside.
On hand for the official opening was Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe and Hublot ambassador and designer and style icon Lapo Elkann, who has previously collaborated with the brand and purportedly has plans to do so again (so watch this space).
So, who’s ready for some (more) fun in the sun?