Introduced over 15 years ago, the Hublot Big Bang and its art of fusion concept have given birth to countless variations in all manner of sizes, material or complications. The versatile, ever-evolving Big Bang is often bold, aggressive or polarizing. As its name suggests, it is not meant for the faint of heart… Presented on the occasion of the LVMH Watch Week 2022, the Big Bang Integral Time Only uses a different design grammar, refocusing on what is the essence of the luxury sports watch with integrated bracelet, yet with all classic Hublot elements.
Introduced in 2020, 15 years after the creation of the model, the Integral was the first Big Bang to be fitted with an integrated metal bracelet. Powered by the Unico movement, the original chronograph model was already an interesting departure from the brand’s traditional styling. The Big Bang Integral Time-Only goes one step further, reconnecting the Hublot iconic design to the archetypal luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet. So in vogue today, the genre was created by Gérald Genta and Audemars Piguet and is straightforward: matching a sporty case with an integrated bracelet and an automatic, thin movement.
As explained by Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, the Big Bang Integral Time Only is “more compact, vibrant and powerful than ever, at the same time as being more refined… It has been a true exercise in watch design, retaining our aesthetic and technical grammar but in a totally new format for us.”
Indeed, this new Integral Time-Only Collection is unusually slim-fitting for a Big Bang. The new case features modest dimensions to Hublot’s standards at 40mm in diameter and 9.25mm in height. It comes in three different materials, typical of Hublot’s collections: titanium, yellow gold or black ceramic. A rubber composite insert is sandwiched between the case middle and the round bezel fitted with H-shaped screws. The water resistance is rated at 100m.
This new time-only model comes with a sapphire dial revealing the top of the movement including a date wheel with skeletonized numbers. Matching the hands, the faceted applied hour markers are fitted with luminescent material. The integrated three-link bracelet mirrors the angles of the case and shows alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces. The first link fuses with the case. The construction is based on a larger central piece held in between two lateral end pieces. The triple folding clasp is released by a pair of pushers.
Flip the Hublot Big Bang Integral Time-Only over and the exhibition caseback allows you to discover the HUB1710 movement. This automatic calibre is 25.60mm in diameter and about 4mm thick. It is based on the Zenith Elite 670 – Hublot and Zenith are sister companies of the LVMH group. Running at 4Hz, it stores 50 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The decoration is overall modern and sober, monochromatic, with circular Geneva stripes on the bridges and an open-worked rotor.
Availability & Price
The Hublot Big Bang Integral Time Only All Black Ceramic (ref. 456.CX.0140.CX) is a limited edition of 250 pieces, priced at EUR 19,600. The Hublot Big Bang Integral Titanium (ref. 456.NX.0170.NX) is not limited and is priced at EUR 17,500. The Hublot Big Bang Integral Yellow Gold (ref. 456.VX.0130.VX) is not limited and is priced at EUR 48,700.
For more information, please visit www.hublot.com.