Hublot receives more than its fair share of negative commentary from the wrist watch collector community, yet the brand seems to be getting stronger all the time. Hublot keeps on going strong offering more of what people seem to love, and also more of what seems to irritate some of the more outspoken members of the watch lover community.
2015 represents the 10-year anniversary of the Hublot Big Bang that really marks the remarkable relaunch of the Swiss watch brand. With the Hublot Big Bang and a modern take on bold luxury sport watches, Hublot was able to help strongly and permanently change the face of the modern sport watch industry. Love or hate their strategy, “The Hublot Way” is a powerfully aggressive and effective way of making a brand desirable and culturally relevant.
The original 44mm-wide Hublot Big Bang watches are still produced today (in countless variants), so this larger more modern Hublot Big Bang UNICO is not what I would call a replacement. However, the Hublot Big Bang UNICO 45mm fits in between the 44mm-wide Big Bang and the 48mm-wide King Power cases.
From a watch lover’s perspective, the Hublot Big Bang UNICO is one of Hublot’s proudest achievements. While Hublot has produced movements in-house for quite a while, during much of their modern history, in-house-made Hublot movements were reserved exclusively for their most expensive and exclusive models such as tourbillons. “UNICO” is really the name for a movement platform which can be modified and moduled to offer a range of complications. In its purest form, the UNICO automatic movement offers time plus chronograph (and date), and is very well represented here with the caliber HUB1242.
One of the favorite things to do with the Hublot Big Bang UNICO is just look at the movement through the dial and caseback. Hublot cleverly designed the dial to not only be open, but also to be very legible. Very few Hublot timepieces are difficult to read. The company understands the importance of high-contrast, legible dials that allow you to easily read the time. This task gets more complicated when you have an open dial with a view into the movement parts – often, the eye is distracted between the dial and movement elements, which tends to result in poor legibility.
No Hublot has ever been cheap, and they are among the many watch brands out there that constantly face “price scrutiny.” With the high-end movements and pretty good attention to detail, they offer what I would say is a respectable experience for the money. Sure, their timepieces would be a lot more attractive at a lower price, but perhaps, I am just saying that because it feels like a shame that the Hublot Big Bang UNICO is priced a bit outside of what so many people who would like it can afford. This particular Hublot Big Bang UNICO ref. 411.CI.1190.LR.ABO14 is part of a limited edition of 100 pieces and has a retail price of $22,300.
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