Unveiled in 2006, the ‘Black Magic’ version of Hublot’s ‘Big Bang’ chronograph is made with an amazing case made entirely of black ceramic.
Launched in 2005, the Hublot Big Bang chronograph has gradually shattered the sometimes discreet aesthetics of the chronograph universe by imposing a futuristic vision of the timepiece. Unanimously acclaimed for its technical and design qualities, the Hublot Big Bang chronograph won ‘Best Design 2005’ at the Grand Prix of Geneva in November, ‘Best Oversize Watch’ in the Middle East at the Watch of the Year Award, and ‘Best Professional Sports Watch’ at the Watch of the Year Award 2005 in Japan.
The Hublot Big Bang ‘Black Magic’ makes a bold statement with its 44.5 mm diameter black ceramic case, alternating between polished and brushed finishes. The extra-large bezel, also in black ceramic, carries 6 ‘H’-shaped screws, sunken, polished and blocked. Beneath the antireflection, double-faced sapphire crystal, the sunray black dial accentuates the dynamic nature of the timepiece.
An interesting side profile is provided by a Kevlar insert, which makes it look as if the Hublot black natural rubber bracelet passes directly through the body of the chronograph, and by the multi-layered construction of its case, which creates an intricate interplay of materials. In the same vein, the back of the watch case is blanked from titanium. The new fully adjustable rubber strap sports the new Hublot deployant clasp to make it instantly adaptable to different wrist sizes, with no loss of ultra-comfort.
On a technical note, the Big Bang ‘BlackMagic’ houses the HUB44 mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding mechanism, an exclusive Hublot movement developed in collaboration with the La Joux-Perret workshop.
Model: BIG BANG ‘BLACK MAGIC’
“Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm. polished and brushed black ceramic
Bezel: Brushed black ceramic with 6 titanium H-shaped screws, sunken, polished and blocked
Lug disc: Kevlar®
Lateral inserts: Kevlar®
Back: Titanium with sapphire crystal
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment, double face
Crown: With natural black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Rectangular with natural black rubber insert
Water-resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM
Black sunray dial with vertical satin-finish steel appliquéindices
Hands: Faceted, sanded and rhodium-plated hands with luminescent feature
Mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding
Hublot Calibre HUB44 developed in conjunction with La Joux-Perret
No. of components: 252
Bottom plate: Sanded and rhodium-plated
Bridges: Polished, satin-finished with chamfered edges
Barrel: Reinforced spring
Screws: Black PVD
Escapement: Glucydur balance spring
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Calendar: Trapezoid aperture at 4.30
Oscillating weight: Tungsten oscillating weight with dimpled surface treated in black PVD
Adjustable natural black rubber strap
Deployant clasp in steel with black PVD coating