Hublot has launched the Big Bang Unico Gourmet watch to celebrate its association with great Michelin-starred chefs like Andreas Caminada, Anne-Sophie Pic, Yannick Alléno and Paul Pairet.
Inspired by the knives used by these great chefs, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Gourmet watch features a distinctive case made of Damascus steel.
The unique pattern of this ancient material is a hallmark of the Big Bang Unico Gourmet, which is available in a limited edition of 200 pieces. The spirit of gastronomy extends to the bracelet which itself is cut from the fabric of cooking aprons. The Velcro fastener makes the watch useful and practical. The Big Bang Unico Gourmet watch houses the UNICO HUB1280 manufacture chronograph movement.
Damascus steel, historically known as Wootz and originating in the Damascus region in 300 BC, was known to forge the most resistant and cutting swords. Today, Damascus steel refers to a technique of hammering and folding steel to make it more resistant. This steel is often used to forge the kitchen knives prized by Michelin-starred chefs.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Gourmet watch features a 42mm case made of a special Damascus steel made by the Swedish company Damasteel, which has mastered the fashioning of this material since 1876. This unique steel has greater resistance and a unique weave of patterned steel on its surface.
Damasteel is a metal composite created from two types of steel: 304L and 316L. These two steels are forged, folded and folded again like a flaky puff pastry, then pressed. A matrix rendering that sees the two materials welded into each other, producing a patterned weave that is unique every time.
To adapt perfectly to the watch’s dimensions, Hublot chose a unique design, a pattern that fuses age old savoir faire with the innovation developed by Damasteel. Surface corrosion of the composite allows the stratification of the two steels to appear, revealing the pattern through a contrast of the materials. In addition to its highly recognisable aesthetics, Damascus steel is also renowned for being more durable than traditional steel.
Model: Hublot Big Bang Unico Gourmet
Polished Damascus Steel
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 14.5 mm
Water Resistance: 10 atm
Bezel: Polished Damascus Steel
Case-back: Polished Damascus Steel
HUB1280 Unico Manufacture, Self-winding Chronograph
Frequency: 4 (28’800 A/h)
Power reserve (hours): 72
Number of components: 354
First bracelet: Black Velcro fabric fastener
Second bracelet: Black lined rubber
Titanium deployant buckle and microblasted ceramic buckle
22,900.00 CHF/ 25,200.00 EUR/ 24,100.00 USD/ 20,800.00 GBP