In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the iconic Big Bang, Hublot reveals the Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold: the world’s only scratch-resistant gold watch. The fusion of a revolutionary material – the famous Magic Gold, which is the world’s only scratch-resistant (1,000 Vickers) gold, certified as 18K and developed by Hublot – and the iconic design of the BIG BANG, with its Manufacture Chrono: the UNICO.
The Magic Gold is a noble material protected by patents, certified as 18 carats by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control, and developed by Hublot in Switzerland alongside the prestigious EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), several months of fine-tuning took place in the manufacture to machine the famous alloy.
Since November 2011, Hublot has equipped itself with the means to produce this material in-house from start to finish thanks to its high-tech foundry at the Nyon Manufacture, which is home to the ceramic sintering and high pressure metal casting processes. This revolutionary material is a fusion of 24 carat gold and the latest high-tech materials expertise. Components made from this material are produced using a complex process: A boron carbide powder is preformed in moulds very similar in shape to that of the finished parts, in this ca se the watch’s bezel. The pre-formed powder is then hardened at a very high temperature, creating a rigid, porous structure. After this operation, 24K gold alloyed with 3% molten liquid gold is injected under very high pressure with inert gas at a high temperature, allowing the metal to fill the ceramic pores and creating a “fusion” of the two to produce Magic Gold.
Almost three years of collaboration and research have gone into achieving this impressive result: a completely new type of gold, an almost inalterable precious metal which retains its own characteristics. The first watches made from Magic Gold were presented at Basel World 2012 in a very limited Big Bang Ferrari edition.
Model: Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
Limited edition of 250 pieces
Diameter 45 mm in polished Magic Gold
Bezel: Polished Magic Gold, 6 H-shaped black PVD treated titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating and gilt Hublot logo
Crown: Black satin-finished PVD titanium with Hublot logo and black over-moulded rubber
Push-pieces: Satin-finished black PVD titanium
Case-back: Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment, Micro-blasted black PVD titanium
Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres
Matt black varnished skeleton
Red and 2N gold powder transfers
Satin-finished gilt counter ring at 9 o’clock (small second)
Satin-finished gilt counter ring at 3 o’clock (chronograph minute)
Gilt plated indices with black Superluminova™
Satin-finished gilt with black SuperLuminova™
Gilt plated and red varnished chronograph hand
HUB 1242 UNICO movement with anthracite grey treatment, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot
Automatic fly back chronograph with column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side
Date: White window at 3 o’clock
Oscillating weight: Anthracite grey treatment
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours
Structured, ribbed black rubber
Black PVD titanium deployant buckle with ceramic plate