Even more news from LVMH Watch Week as Hublot announces and unveils three new watches with their new self-winding tourbillon movement. One of the three watches is a worlds first as it is the first watch where the case is made of orange sapphire and this version is limited to only 50 pieces, while the other two watches are limited to 100 pieces each. I will go through each one and as well as the new movement by Hublot.
The first that will be discussed is the watch that is the most exclusive out of the three watches. It is the Hublot Big Bang Automatic Tourbillon Orange Sapphire, which is the watch where the entire case is made of polished orange sapphire. The case and bezel is made of polished orange sapphire crystal, while the dial of the watch is also sapphire and the crystal is also sapphire with anti-reflective coating. It is a skeleton style watch with a case size of 45mm and comes paired with a transparent orange rubber strap which is paired with a titanium deployant clasp. It houses the entirely new movement by Hublot which is an automatic tourbillon movement (HUB0635) with a power reserve of 72 hours. This watch is limited to only 50 pieces and the suggested retail price is $169,000 which while I understand that the length and feats went into producing the watch, it is not my favourite out of the three.
The second watch that is released with this new movement is the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Carbon which unlike the orange sapphire is limited to 100 pieces. The case size is 45 mm and the case and bezel is made of carbon fibre and Texalium upper. Texalium is made by a company called Hexcel, the material is a fibreglass-based fabric with a thin coating of aluminium on the surface. The strap is made of black fabric with Velcro and the clasp is microblasted black ceramic buckle. There are more units available to be sold than the orange sapphire, it is priced at $94,700.
The final and third watch that is released with this new tourbillion automatic model line is the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Black Magic which is limited to 100 pieces. It houses the exact same movement and is in the same case size of 45mm. It also comes in a skeleton style but as the name suggests the case and bezel is black. More specifically, the case and bezel is made of microblasted and polished black ceramic this is paired with a black rubber strap which is also paired with a black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant clasp. While this is limited to 100 pieces the recommended retail price is $94,700 and this is definitely my favourite version out of the three that are released.
While the orange sapphire is a revolutionary watch in itself by being entirely made out of orange sapphire the new movement by Hublot should not be overshadowed by that. It is a great movement and shows how far Hublot has come since their inception and it will be interesting to see how they keep developing and innovating their watches.