Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot and Depeche Mode jointly announce a collector’s edition series of 55 unique Big Bang watches to benefit charity: water, inspired by each of the band’s 55 singles.
One of the most influential, beloved and best-selling musical acts of all time, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have played to more than 30 million fans since their formation in 1981. And, in their 37-year career, Depeche Mode has released an incredible 55 singles, from “Dreaming of Me” in 1981 to last year’s release of “Cover Me”. In tribute to this incredible achievement, the Swiss watchmaker Hublot introduces a collection of 55 unique pieces of its Big Bang Unico model, all to benefit Hublot and Depeche Mode’s charity partner charity: water.
The limited-edition series was announced on 26 January 18 at the Hublot boutique in Milan, Italy by Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot watches, and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode. A total of 55 watches, one for each single, will be produced as unique pieces, all based on the iconic Hublot Big Bang model.
Each of the watches features, on its dial, a disc that partially shows the image of the record cover it represents, which is reminiscent of the very first model produced by the partnership between Hublot and Depeche Mode. The back of each watch features the entire cover of the single as well as the charity: water logo. These two elements are imprinted on the sapphire of the glass opening onto the famous automatic UNICO movement.
Produced by the Hublot manufacture, it provides a power reserve of 72 hours. Each piece will be fitted with a strap in a colour specific to each model, completed with cuff straps in the same hue, and rock-and-roll inspired rubber studs. This accessory is perforated on its back, so as to showcase the glass on the back of the watch and its movement.
A final detail making the Big Bang Depeche Mode “The Singles” collection even more exclusive: a Roland JP-08 synthesiser will accompany each timepiece. The Roland JP-08 is a limited-edition synth module from the Roland Boutique series, paying homage to and recreating the sounds of the legendary Roland Jupiter 8 synth, used by Depeche Mode throughout the years.
Legendary luggage manufacturer RIMOWA has created a cabin size Topas Stealth suitcase in anodized black aluminium to showcase this unique collection.
This sleek custom-made case will protect each package – the unique timepiece, synthesiser, corresponding vinyl single and certificate of authenticity signed by the band.
Net proceeds from the sale of the 55 unique pieces of the Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode “The Singles” Limited Edition will be go to charity: water, as part of the larger charity initiative between Depeche Mode, Hublot and charity: water. Hublot and Depeche Mode will officially present charity: water with a cheque for all funds raised during the partnership.
Big Bang Depeche Mode “The Singles” Limited Edition
References: 411.CX.1101 to 1155.VR.DPM187 – every piece is unique
Knurled and polished black ceramic
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 16.30 mm
Bezel: Knurled and polished black ceramic
Bezel lug: Black composite resin with 6 H-shaped black-plated titanium screws
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Case back: Polished black ceramic with sapphire glass; Photo of the single cover and charity: water logo
Crown and push-pieces: Knurled and black-plated titanium
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)
Matt black skeleton
Black-plated studded indexes
Printed detail of single cover
Calibre HUB1242, UNICO manufacture
Flyback self-winding movement chronograph and column wheel
Date Aperture at 3 o’clock
Number of components: 330 (38 rubies)
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Black rubber and coloured calf cuff straps with black-plated studs
Black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant buckle clasp