Hublot’s newcomer from the Big bang collection is a very refined piece that brings together two of the Swiss exquisite traditions: the technical complexity of mechanical watches and the renowned embroidery from the St. Galen region. The end result are three impressively looking Big Bang Broderie watches which feature lovely embroidered motifs on the dial, as well as on the bezel and the strap. In addition, the watches feature sparkly diamond decorations on their cases. Big Bang Broderie is available in three different versions with different materials for the case and its decorations. These are polished stainless steel with silver embroidering, black PVD steel with the embellishments in the same color, as well as the most lavish one with polished 18 K yellow gold which utilizes gold strings for the decorative motifs. Depending on the version, the price of these lovely ladies’ watches is between $30,000 and $60,000.
Apart for the watchmaking, Switzerland and especially its region around St Galen is renowned for the creation of famed embroidery. This is exactly what Hublot wanted to take advantage of in the creation of the new intriguing piece. For its special piece, the watchmaker turned to the leader in the field, company called Bischoff. This brand is the absolute champion of the said decorative technique and its embroideries are supplied to some of the leading high-end fashion and luxury lingerie brands.
Patented Procedure with Embroidery Enhanced with Carbon Fiber Background
In accordance with the artist from Bischoff and designers from Hublot, the new decorative patter was envisioned. It includes sort of a rebellious spirit which is embodied with a skull motif that can be seen on the dial of the watch. It is actually embroidery applied to the carbon fiber background which was achieved with the use of a novel and patented process. Apart from the depiction of the skull which lies appropriately on the watch’s face, there are also some arabesques that cover the bezel and the strap of the watch.
While the bezel is fixed with the brand’s recognizable trait – six H-shaped screws – and made of the same material as the dial, the strap is made out of combination of rubber and silk. That way, Hublot managed to have embroidered motifs on several components of the watch which makes this piece a breakthrough. There were previously some watches that that were made with embellishments in the same technique, but their embroidered decorations were restricted to the dial. One of the watches of this kind that pops to one’s mind is Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Camelia Brode watch which looked stunning and which was nominated for the artistic prize at the GPHG two years ago.
Apart from the embroidery, the lovely feminine newcomer form the Big Bang collection is likewise decorated with precisely 198 diamonds whose weight measures to 1.12 carats. There are additional 11 diamonds (weighing 0.2 carats) on the dial and they are placed alongside gold or rhodium plated and applied hour-markers and the central hands of the same kind which are additionally polished (two steel versions are made with rhodium platingm while the gold one is naturally paired with gilt accents).
Hublot Big Bang Broderie timekeeper is set in a round housing whose diameter measures to 41 mm. Its case back is solid metal, while the front is guarded with a sapphire crystal with glare-proofed treatment. On the inner side of the glass, there is a printed logo of the brand. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters, though it seems utterly foolish to go anywhere near water with a watch that possesses such lovely decorations.
Inside the housing is the hand-assembled in-house caliber HUB1110. It is a self-winding movement which includes 63 components in total and which integrates 21 jewels in its construction. The only supported features of the caliber that beats at the frequency of 4 Hz are three hands, while its power reserve lasts for around 42 hours.
Silver on Black, All-Black and Lavish Gold Embroidery
There are three variants of the model. The most affordable one (with the price of $29,700) is the model with the reference number 343.SX.6570.NR.0804. It includes a steel housing and a silver embroidery. There is also an all-black version of the watch with the serial number 343.SV.6510.NR.0800. It possesses a polished steel case with black PVD treatment, as well as black diamonds and embroidery in the same pitch-black shade. Its price is similar to the first one; this version costs $31,500.
The third version of the piece is substantially more valuable. The price of the variant with the reference number 343.VX.6580.NR.0804 is around twice as high than the steel ones, since it costs $59,600. This one is made with 18 K gold housing and real gold embroidery.
Each of three watches by Hublot that demonstrate fine embroidered motifs made by Bischoff feature a strap which locks with a deployant buckle clasp made in the same material as the case (with the exception of the gold one which features a combination of gold and gold-plating). Furthermore, each of them is launched in a restricted edition which consists of 200 copies.