On 06 September 2018, Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot unveiled its second limited-edition timepiece in partnership with Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event also served as a kick-off to the annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle cycling race.
To celebrate the new watch, President of Hublot North America, Jean-François Sberro and Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Best Buddies International, Anthony K. Shriver hosted an intimate launch event at the private home of Robert and Trina Dean. The Deans are long-time supporters of Best Buddies, having participated in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle for many years and maintaining close ties to the organization in the Bay Area.
The Big Bang Unico Best Buddies Limited Edition is a lightweight timepiece inspired by the sport of cycling. The case is made of nearly weightless Texalium, a coated carbon fiber material, housing the in-house manufactured UNICO chronograph movement for which Hublot is known. The straps come in two exciting options: black Velcro with orange stitching, and black rubber / orange alligator with orange stitching.
The palette is inspired by the philanthropy’s colors, with the iconic Keith Haring logo on the sapphire exposition case back. A portion of proceeds from the watch itself will benefit the organization, in addition to the partnership support provided by Hublot.
Model: BIG BANG UNICO BEST BUDDIES LIMITED EDITION
Limitation: LIMITED EDITION XXX/100
Carbon fiber and black Texalium upper layer
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 15.45 mm
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)
Bezel: Carbon fiber and black Texalium upper layer
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished titanium black PVD
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Satin-finished titanium black PVD with black rubber insert
Pushers: Satin-finished titanium black PVD
Case back: Carbon fiber and black Texalium upper layer
Engraved “LIMITED EDITON”, “N° XXX/100”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment; “BEST BUDDIES” logo printed on the inner side
Mat black skeleton
Satin-finished black plated appliques with orange luminescent
Hands: Satin-finished black plated hands with orange luminescent
Caliber: Hublot HUB1242
UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
Dimensions: Dia. 30mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 8.05mm
Date: Skeleton calendar display at 4.3
N° of Components: 330
Frequency (Hz): 4 (28’800 A/h)
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Strap 1: Black Velcro Strap with orange stitching
Strap 2: Black rubber and orange alligator with orange stitching
Buckle: Black PVD Titanium with black ceramic insert deployant buckle clasp