Once again, the renowned Swiss watchmaker decided to experiment with innovative materials. This time, it is something completely unexpected. We are talking about denim, produced by the finest Italian denim manufacturers, which gives Hublot watches a totally new look. Three ladies’ Big Bang Jeans timepieces and a King Power Oceanographic 4000 Jeans watch have just come as the world’s first luxurious models to use denim for their straps and dials.
Despite the fact that you can find a serious level of luxury on these cool looking watches (especially on two diamond-set models), denim elements are by far the most striking details. The idea for this extraordinary collection came from Tina Zegg, the co-owner of luxurious Zegg&Cerlati boutiques, who has already collaborated with Hublot on some other projects. Along with the brand’s ambassador, a German Double Olympic and World skiing champion, Maria Höfl-Riesch, and Hublot’s Chairman, Jean-Claude Biver, Tina Zegg presented the new collection at the Wellness Hotel Chasa Montana in Samnaun, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
All three ladies’ models are limited to 250 pieces: a Big Bang Jeans (ref. 301.SX.2710.NR), a Big Bang Jeans Diamonds (341.SX.2710.NR.1104) and a Big Bang Jeans Carat (341.SX.2710.NR.1901). They will be exclusively available in Monaco, until the end of summer. Specially produced for Zegg & Cerlati boutiques at Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, Ischgl in Austria and Samnaun in Switzerland, The Oceanographic 4000 Jeans watch comes in the limited edition of just 21 models.
Let us start with the ladies’ line where each watch brings the well known sporty elegance that celebrated the brand’s iconic Big Bang Collection.
A stainless steel case with the diameter of 41mm incorporates a bezel, fixed by 6 titanium screws, as well as black composite lugs and lateral inserts. A basic model features both case and bezel decorated with beautiful satin finishes. The bezel of Jeans Diamonds models is also crafted in stainless steel and additionally adorned with 114 diamonds (the total weight 1.22 carats), while an 18 karat white gold bezel of the Jeans Carat watch comes set with 48 baguette-cut sapphires. On these two luxurious models, Hublot combined satin-finishes with amazing diamond polished edges. However, the basic Jeans timepiece would definitely be my choice, because of its casualness and the way denim parts fit with the rest of the watch.
The dial is made of genuine pressed denim, wrapped in epoxy. It features opaline-colored counters, a date aperture and applied hour markers (on basic Jeans watch). Instead of common markers, two luxurious models incorporate 8 diamonds each (the total weight of 0.14 carat). Polished and rhodium-plated hands circulate over the dial, protected by sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating.
Denim stitched onto a black rubber strap nicely matches the dial and gives the watch a unique fashionable look. It comes with a beige stitching and a steel deployant buckle. Inside the case, there is an in-house HUB4300 automatic chronograph mechanism with the power-reserve of 42 hours.
Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Jeans Special Edition Watch
This is the first high-end diving watch, decorated with denim and it is pretty hard to believe that we will see a similar diving model in the recent future. Although it is not easy to find the connection between a robust, professional diver’s tool with the amazing water-resistance of up to 4.000 meters and the fashionable denim, the Swiss watchmaker can still earn some points on the scale of originality.
We have already written about stunning performances of the Oceanographic 4000 watch, so let us make just a quick reminding. Hublot spent 18 months of research, development and testing in order to create the watch with record water-tightness. Its seal passed tests in a Roxer tank, submerged and pressurized to the equivalent of 5,000 meters. The dial, made from genuine pressed denim wrapped in epoxy is protected with sapphire crystal glass which is unusually thick (6.5mm). The highly readable dial features applied hour-markers, a minute scale and satin-finished hands, treated with grey SuperLuminova. On its outer rim, there is a unidirectional and rack-driven rotating ring, with dive time indications.
The case is made of extremely resistant carbon fiber, with the diameter of 48mm and it incorporates a carbon bezel, fixed with 6 H-shaped titanium screws, as well as two ceramic, screw-down crowns and the helium valve. It is crafted in stainless steel and located at the 10 o’clock position. The back-side of the case is screw-down and made of another tough and light material – grade 2 titanium.
The Oceanographic 4000 watch is powered by a HUB1401 self-winding mechanism. It comprises just 180 parts, as well as 23 jewels. This high-end movement incorporates satin-finished, bevelled and polished bridges and a reinforced spring barrel, providing 42 hours of power-reserve.
The watch is available with two straps: the first one that matches the dial, with its denim stitched onto black rubber and the second strap, adapted to the demands of professional divers. It is made of rubber and since it is longer than a standard strap, it can be worn over a diving suit. Both versions feature ardillon buckles, made of black ceramic.