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January 18, 2016

BIG BANG BRODERIE

A new icon is born The art of fusion with a feminine touch

The much praised inimitable character and technological excellence of Big Bang have made it the ultimate symbol of fusion. The brand has become the showcase for the run-away creativity that is the essence of Swiss manufacturer Hublot. A philosophy of luxury freed from the established codes. The two new limited-series Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull 41MM and Big Bang Broderie 41MM, presented at the 2016 Geneva Show, bear witness to this ideology. They blend confident femininity with innovation at its peak and, for the second year running, consecrate Saint Gallen embroidery on organza silk. A new icon is born. Accompanying women for whom independence is a question of style and a state of mind.

Hublot is ever at the forefront of research into the latest hi-tech materials and guardian of traditional expertise. It acts as a bridge between a past that bears the traces of the most talented watchmakers and a future nourished on visionary artistic concepts—testing with mastery all the realms of the possible. With Hublot, there are no limits to innovation. It is the company’s reason for being. The Big Bang is the unrivalled icon of fusion; the brand was born to break established codes and over time has demonstrated its ability to create exclusivity. Having incorporated composite resin, carbon and ceramic, invented Magic Gold and borrowed denim, the basic essential from our wardrobes, as part of its watchmaking proposals… in 2015, Hublot has freed embroidered silk organza from the fixed notions and the traditional ideas that had held it for so long. The Swiss manufacturer has taken the craft away from haute couture, fashion and lingerie and used it to adorn its Big Bang. On the strap and the dial, but not only. In 2015, for the first time in the history of watchmaking, “encased” in carbon fibre, the embroidered web-like material acts as a shell to form the dial and the carbon bezel of the watch. The execution of this technical prowess required several years of research and development. This first Big Bang Broderie is a symbol of confident femininity and glamour, blending two forms of Swiss expertise, which won the prestigious Ladies’ Watch Prize at the 2015 Geneva Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie.

The fusion of two Swiss crafts
Taking the Art of Fusion to its peak, when confirming its desire to take embroidery away from its traditional bonds and offering it a new identity, Hublot naturally turned to the master of Swiss embroidery: Bischoff. The Swiss firm Bischoff is at the cutting edge of innovation, performance and creativity, and has earned international renown as a major player in the field. In 2014, it won awards in the lingerie category with the prestigious title of Designer of the year at the Paris Capitale de la Création trade fair. Bischoff’s master craftsmen prepared the silk organza embroidery of floral arabesques that subtly reveal the skull motif for the dial in their workshops in Saint-Gallen, near to Zurich.

And Hublot… created the Big Bang Broderie
If “God… created woman”, then Hublot created the Big Bang Broderie for her!
As an inexhaustible source of inspiration, the embroidery of Saint-Gallen is transposed into the art of fusion to reveal all of its modernity and creative potential for the second consecutive year with Big Bang for two new limited series: the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull 41MM and the Big Bang Broderie 41MM, each of which comes in three runs of 200 pieces.

Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull, 41 MM
Turquoise, navy blue, pale pink, fuchsia, yellow, orange, violet… lit with Lurex threads, silver or gold, or taking its inspiration from the lines on the catwalks for the 2016 season, the skull motif, with 12 red spinels, and the arabesques on the strap create bold associations of colours. A remarkable exercise in style that is given its value by the power and the simplicity of its (41 MM) case adorned in black ceramic with a bezel enhanced by 36 red spinels, the purity of the steel enlivened by 36 pink sapphires or the cat’s eye effect of the red gold highlighted by 36 blue sapphires. Echoing the bezel, the dial is graduated with 12 precious stones, red spinels for the ceramic, pink sapphires for the steel and blue sapphires for the red gold.

Big Bang Broderie, 41 MM
This year, ceramic, steel and yellow gold join the Big Bang Broderie’s wardrobe. The web-like material, embroidered in black or silver Lurex affixed on glossy silk, black for the ceramic, silver for the steel, golden for the yellow gold, sensually evocative and subtly erotic, could almost be fine lingerie sumptuously adjusted to the body. The magic comes from prolonging the lace pattern from the dial to the bezel.

The dial, a result of innovation and increasingly advanced technology
In defiance of the laws of finesse, the dial offers a particularly reduced working thickness so that the hands and the embroidered pattern do not touch. Based on carbon material, special layered sheets of carbon fibre, coated in a transparent resin, make it possible to compress the embroidery whilst magnifying the pattern and adding an illusion of depth. Enhanced by this optical effect, the dial holds the gaze making it one with the passage of time. A fusion of art and the mastery of a craft, beyond the technical feat, the creation is the result of a demanding process of development and a human adventure. A meeting between two worlds where a passion for excellence are on first-name terms with precision.

An exceptional watch, an admirable muse
To embody this collection, Hublot chose Bar Refaeli, a beauty with clear blue eyes, a sculpted body and a stunning smile whose philosophy of life echoes the values of the Big Bang Broderie collection. Glamorous on the red carpet, sensual on gloss paper, the superb super model’s private life is driven by nature and simplicity. Bright and positive. For her, elegance is a state of mind. Her essentials? Jeans, t-shirt, trainers, a leather jacket and her watch… a Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull!

CLASSIC FUSION “RACING GREY”
THE SUBTLE BEAUTY OF GREY

Which grey best suits your personality?

Hublot is releasing its CLASSIC FUSION collection in on-trend yet timeless grey. Following on from its Spring/Summer 2015 blue collection, the Classic Fusion quintet now boasts a total “Racing Grey” look. Less harsh than black, more timeless even than blue, this grey – inherently neutral and universal – reinforces the model’s versatile elegance. An androgynous hue with many different facets. From yuppies to gypsetters, tweed to iridescent satin, grey works with every style from the understated to the ultra-sophisticated.
The case is available in a choice of 4 dimensions and with three movements, to suit any wrist:
33, 38 and 42 mm – with 3 hands and date at 3 o’clock. The 38 and 42 mm models are driven by a HUB1110 self-winding mechanical movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The 33 mm case boasts a HUB2912 quartz movement.

The 45 mm version, with 3 hands and date, or chronograph with the date at 6 o’clock, house the HUB1112 and HUB1143 automatic movements respectively.
With its beauty enhanced by the “metallic” flecks of the titanium or the vibrant bronze of King Gold, the “Racing Grey” is undoubtedly a piece with timeless elegance. Jeans, charcoal grey cashmere sweater, beige trench coat, navy blazer, white shirt or little black dress: only the Classic Fusion “Racing Grey” is missing from your wardrobe basics. Easy to wear, it suits any style and is as masculine as it is feminine.

Luxurious, precious, chic, understated or relaxed… which grey best suits your personality?

 

MP-05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire
A sapphire setting for the record-breaking movement

While the original design of the MP-05 “LaFerrari” was created to show off the beauty of its movement, its alter ego – with its case carved out of sapphire – is a movement which appears to be literally suspended in mid-air. All the details of this record-breaking movement can be admired from all angles. With the MP-05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire, Hublot takes us into a supernatural world. A material presence which is almost intangible.

“Today the All Clear concept pays tribute to our proprietary calibres and to all the watchmaking expertise that Hublot has developed over the last decade. “Visible invisibility”, a philosophy which has culminated in success for Hublot.” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot

The story behind the myth
Unveiled in 2013, the MP-05 “LaFerrari”, created as a tribute to the eponymous supercar, showcased its unique and ultra-complex architecture. The lines of the MP-05 LaFerrari are the result of close collaboration between the designers and watchmakers working on the Hublot movement and Ferrari’s design director, Flavio Manzoni. The movement itself was fully designed, developed and produced by the Hublot Manufacture engineers and watchmakers. A record-breaking technical feat. Its tourbillon boasts an impressive 50-day power reserve – thanks to its 11 series-coupled barrels set in a spine formation down the centre of the watch. Its movement broke the record for the highest number of components for a Hublot movement to date – 637 in all. Boasting a futuristic design, the construction showed off the bold shape of its movement, even in its original version.

The fusion of art and technique
With the MP-05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire, Hublot is writing a new chapter in the history of the brand. The three-dimensional construction of the case middle, in sapphire, provides an exceptional setting for the movement. The movement can now be admired from every angle. It appears to be suspended in mid-air in this bespoke setting carved from sapphire. In fact, this movement finally has the sculptured bodywork it deserves! An ambitious project. The sapphire case middle is composed of 7 components machined from 7 blocks of sapphire and involved over 600 hours work. Carving the case’s ultra-complex architecture out of sapphire using 3D machining presented a further challenge. The result of 18 months’ development weighs, a 53.5 grams case on the wrist.

The mechanics of time ticking by, in full view
Revealing its hypnotic nature, the HUB9005.H1.PN.1 movement features 637 components and a suspended vertical tourbillon. The bridge of the movement even bears the word “Hublot”, which the engineers carved into this transparent material, the hardest after diamond. In its vertical position, the small second is displayed via a transparent cylinder fixed on the suspended tourbillon cage. The hours and minutes positioned to the right of the barrels, and the power reserve to their left, are also displayed via transparent cylinders.

Visible invisibility
A timepiece which plays with the visible and the invisible. Eye-catching. Surprising. Thought-provoking. Its apparent invisibility is so fascinating that it makes it a highly visible and desirable object.

Complementing its exceptional design, the MP-05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire is teamed with a transparent silicon strap, with a clasp which also features components carved from sapphire. In keeping with the ultra-futuristic look of this timepiece, the watch is wound by a mechanism using a miniature power drill, modelled on the tyre-changing tool used in Formula 1®.

A rare timepiece limited to 20 pieces, the MP-05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire is already a collector’s item.

BIG BANG UNICO RETROGRADE CHRONOGRAPH
Two limited editions celebrating UEFA EURO 2016TM
& UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

When the footballing world marches to the beat of Hublot
Prestigious clubs, star coaches, virtuoso players, the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA EURO, the Champions League and Europa League, the footballing world has been marching to the rhythm of Hublot for 10 years.

Hublot has been a pioneer for a decade and continues to confirm its commitment to football year after year. Whether they’re official ambassadors or friends of the brand, from Pelé to Mourinho, from Shaqiri to Scolari, from Roy Hodgson to Alex Ferguson and David Trézéguet, they, like so many others, are part of the “Hublot loves football” world. Just like the clubs, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, which by themselves account for a record number of titles and distinctions. As Official Timekeeper for the EURO, the World Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League, Hublot stands on the touchline of the most prestigious competitions and championships. This was all the Swiss watchmaker needed to design a watch dedicated to the most popular sport in the world: the Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph.

“Hublot and football, it all began in 2006 with Michel Pont who came to see us to talk about a partnership with the ‘Nati’ (Swiss national football team). His first words were: “I don’t understand why no watchmaker is a partner with the Swiss team.” This question immediately found an answer with Hublot. A few months later, the 60 members of the Swiss team all had a Big Bang ASF limited edition on their wrists when they flew off to the World Cup in Germany. A real success that led to many others. The story of Hublot and football is one of natural fusion, it’s obvious really! 10 years later, our loyalty and our love of football are still intact. Football makes Hublot tick! Hublot loves football!”  Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO

UEFA EURO 2016™ — Official Watch
On the occasion of its 3rd EURO participation, Hublot introduces the Official Watch of UEFA EURO 2016™ which will take place in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Designed with the football world in mind, the Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph wears the colours of France, the organising country of the 15th edition of the EURO. 100 watches, all in red, white and blue, will be issued. Its 45mm case in black ceramic is fitted with a “One click” interchangeable strap system in blue alligator sewn onto rubber and overstitched with white and red seams.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE™ — Official Watch
Celebrating its recent partnership and its status as “Official Accredited Watch” for the Champions League, Hublot unveils a second limited edition of 100 pieces featuring its mythic Unico retrograde chronograph movement. Dressed in the Champions League’s midnight blue, its 45mm case in black ceramic sports a strap in blue alligator sewn onto rubber and overstitched with a white seam.

Two mechanical chronographs for timing football matches.

The HUB1261 movement is visible through a sapphire case-back finished with the UEFA Euro 2016™ or UEFA Champions League™ emblem. A bi-retrograde module with patented automatic winding is fitted to the UNICO manufacture calibre, enabling it to time a football match. Designed to time two halves of 45 minutes, and extra time, allowing a total of 60 minutes, its central chronograph display has the seconds and minutes hands moving on a circular arc between 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. A push button at 2 o’clock activates the mechanism and moves the second hand to the 60-second mark before it swiftly jumps back to 0 and starts again, whereas the minute hand measures elapsed time as it moves around. The aperture in the centre indicates the ongoing period (1 — first half/ ½ break / 2 — second half, END – end of the game). As for the local time, this is displayed by a counter at 6 o’clock.

On the pitches themselves, the now famous Hublot referee boards will also be joining the game. Used by the 4th official to indicate extra time and signal player changes, they have become inseparable from major competitions since their arrival at EURO 2008. They are now very distinctive and have a customised design that evokes the specific codes of each competition. That used in the Champions League was unveiled for the first time during the first leg play-off matches on 18 August 2015. As for that for Euro 2016™, we will see it in action on the 10 June 2016.

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