The Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot and the Monaco-based yacht manufacturer have already been partners for several years: Hublot is the official time keeper of the Wally Class during their regattas. And now in Saint-Tropez, the heads of the two companies will stand side by side to present the watch created in honour of their shared values. A chronograph which incorporates innovative materials, with a design and colours evocative of Wally yachts.
Hublot’s name is well-known in the yachting world, and the brand has always found it natural to have links with yachts and the sea, as demonstrated by its partnerships with the Monaco Yacht Club and the Real Club Nautico in Palma, and with Alinghi, Swiss Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup. The friendship with Wally began with a meeting between the heads Luca Bassani and Jean-Claude Biver, two men with a passion for innovation, design, technology, excellence and the marriage of new and unexpected materials. Whilst both men have a respect for traditional expertise, they also have a desire to create luxury objects using avant-garde, daring designs, whilst paying the same attention to detail and finish.
The Big Bang model created by Hublot for Wally – a limited edition of 500 watches – is a chronograph made from an ultra-light alloy of aluminium and magnesium, amongst others, with a titanium movement and a rubber strap. The case, bezel and dial are all the same colour, and the WALLY logo sits on the counter at 9 o’clock, in black for continuity with the side inserts, the indices and the strap. This chronograph was selected in the “Sports watch” category of the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève awards 2009, the results of which will be released in a few weeks.
The Big Bang Wally will be presented by Jean-Claude Biver and Luca Bassani during the last regattas of the season which are taking place in the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, where Wally yachts are present in great numbers.
Model: Big Bang “Wally”
“Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm, in micro-blasted Ag5
Bezel: Microblasted Ag5 with 6 black H-shaped PVD titanium screws; embedded, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Case-back: Titanium with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black PVD steel with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD steel, rectangular, with black rubber insert
Screws: Black PVD titanium
Water resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM
Colour: Ag5 with black numerals and appliques, Wally logo at 9 o’clock
Hands: Faceted, sand-blasted, matt black outlines
HUB4001 Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
No. of components: 278
Screws: Black PVD
Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating Weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Barrel: With reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Clasp: Black PVD steel, with deployant
500 pieces numbered from 01/500 to 500/500