Welcome to Hublot's new watches. Ranging from diamond-studded to carbon, the new watches are big, bold, and might look a little silly on small wrists.
Classic Fusion Enamel Britto
45mm case, 50 pieces in black ceramic, 30 in platinum
I don't speak poorly many watches on this blog, I am, however, going to criticize this one. Hublot took a large risk with this watch, but quite frankly it seems like it should have the catchphrase "the perfect luxury watch for your six-year old". The dial design just doesn't work for me and (I assume) nearly everyone reading this blog. I think the design is ostentatious. I don't think it's ugly, but I don't think that it belongs on a watch dial, especially on a watch of this price. I would prefer to see it as wallpaper in a kindergarten or preschool classroom or on a Swatch dial.
TL;DR: I don't think the design is unbearable, but it does not belong on a Hublot. Rather, I would prefer to see it on a Swatch dial.
Here's another limited edition from Hublot, celebrating the partnership between Hublot and Ferrari. Although there is nothing truly innovating about this watch (as there was with the first watch), it's still a nice watch.
Hublot has became a company of limited editions, but they still produce nice watches. These two new Big Bang watches are not to be missed. Their straps, however, are different from past watches. They are made from seldom-seen colors not normal for watches (with the exception of some NATO straps). Overall, the Black Ceramic design is a little wonky. In my opinion, it feels unbalanced and the watch head looks almost satanic. However, this doesn't mean it won't sell. The Gray Ceramic design is more appealing to me, with duller colors and more simple tones. There are only splashes of red on the dial. Plus, more moderate strap (although it still looks like a NATO) will allow for the watch to be work in other situations. Both watches are 45mm in diameter, a typical size for Hublot, and larger than I would typically wear. I wouldn't wear this watch, however, because the wide lugs and thick case will make this watch wear even larger. Although hard to see because of the grill-like dial, the Ferrari logo is place at 9 o'clock. The running seconds and date are at three. The yellow date wheel creates more contrast and without it the wearer might not be able to read it. The movement is a flyback chronograph, the HUB 1241, which was designed and produced in-house.
TL;DR: Not exactly an innovative watch, but a nice one nonetheless.
BIG BANG CHRONO PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Praise the watch gods! Just when I was starting to believe that Hublot had become a company of limited editions, one that never released new movements or simply changed the color schemes of their old watches, they release the Big Bang Chrono Perpetual Calendar. This new watch is the first perpetual calendar from Hublot. It features three complications: a chronograph, moon-phase indicator, and perpetual calendar. Quite frankly, it is the best new watch I have seen from Hublot in years. It comes in titanium or King Gold, both are 45mm in diameter, and has the HUB 1270 UNICO movement (which is an automatic). Gorgeous watch.
Big Bang Alarm Repeater
Here's another great new watch from Hublot. Similar to the watch above, I have only good things to say. I'm just going to plagiarize the press release, because Hublot is able to list all of the features of the alarm far more concisely than I am.
The alarm clock...is indexed on the reference time. At 1 o'clock, a triangular window gradually shows the day/night indicator for the local time. At 5 o'clock, a 24-hour counter with two hands shows the programmed alarm time; while an "on- off" indicator shows the alarm status at 6 o'clock. At 7 o'clock, the hammer visible under the sapphire is coated with SuperLuminovaTM so it can be seen at night. The second time zone has a 24-hour display at 11 o'clock. The alarm clock chimes for around 16 seconds as a steel hammer strikes a gong.
Both versions (titanium and King Gold) are LE of 250 pieces. Shame, because they are well-designed watches. The movement is the HUB 5003 hand-wound movement and features a GMT function, an alarm, an alarm ON/OFF indicator at 7 o'clock, a GMT indicator at 11 o'clock and a day/night indicator at 1 o'clock. Again, 45mm case.
BIG BANG FERRARI CARBON KING GOLD
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