Made of black ceramic, this new Spirit of Big Bang timepiece features an eye catching black lacquer dial that incorporates artificially created gold crystals.
The natural crystallisation of gold dates back tens of millions of years, to the time when the mountain ranges were formed. It was in these crevices in the earth that jets of pressurised heated water extracted the gold, redepositing it within seams in the rocks.
As the rocks eroded, these seams were carried away by rain and water and deposited in the beds of rivers, creating nuggets of gold. On rare occasions, the right natural conditions would allow the gold to remain in its natural state: gold crystals, the rarest form of gold on earth.
Hublot has developed a unique technique allowing natural crystallisation to be reproduced almost exactly. By heating the purest 24-carat gold to its melting point of 1064.18 degrees Celsius, its atoms are vaporised into a gaseous mixture before interlocking as the temperature is lowered, forming an open angular structure.
Thousands of small crystals join together and create an architecture which is random, unique, and impossible to reproduce. The most perfect of these crystals are then carefully selected, with no more than 20% of the crystals produced making the grade.
The master dial-maker applies the gold crystals to a black dial covered with a fine layer of transparent lacquer, in a controlled atmosphere to ensure no air bubbles can form on the surface. It takes around twenty layers of lacquer to encapsulate the gold crystals, and the dial is then polished to render the lacquer invisible, and perfectly smooth and uniform.
The Spirit of Big Bang is Hublot’s tonneau-shaped watch, and it adopts all of the design codes of the iconic Big Bang: the six H-shaped screws on the bezel, the lugs either side of the case, the over-moulded rubber screw-down crown decorated with the iconic H, the sandwich type construction. To provide a perfect contrast with the gold of the crystals, the watch case is covered in black ceramic and paired with a black alligator strap stitched onto rubber.
Available in 39 and 42 mm, the Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal watch houses the Caliber HUB1710 automatic mechanical movement. It has a power reserve of 50 hours.
Model: Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal
39 MM: 665.CX.0660.LR
42 MM: 643.CX.0660.LR
Satin-finished and polished black ceramic
Diameter: 39 mm/Thickness: 13.60 mm
Diameter: 42 mm/Thickness: 13.75 mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)
Polished black ceramic
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Satin-finished, microblasted and polished black ceramic
Polished black with unique 24-carat gold crystals
An exclusive process developed by HUBLOT
Calibre HUB1710 Self-winding movement
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of components: 166
Alligator and black rubber strap
Black-plated stainless steel deployant buckle clasp
Suggested retail price
42mm version: CHF 28’000/ EUR 29’100/ USD 29’500/ GBP 24’400
39mm version: CHF 27,000/ EUR 28,000/ USD 28,400/ GBP 23,500