Celebrate Mardi Gras with Hublot’s Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow 42
It’s 29th of February 2020 and its time in Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras. Hublot’s Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow with its gorgeous range of colours seems like the perfect watch to wear today.
Introducing the 2020 Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow 42 that’s shining bright with a total of 309 coloured gemstones adorning its barrel shaped case, dial and bezel.
Coincidently, this new watch by Hublot has released just in time for the Mardi Gras Parade here in Sydney today.
Among other things, Mardi Gras is a festival of celebrating love and life. And this new Hublot (though not officially released for Mardi Gras) celebrates both too: it celebrates the love of innovative watchmaking, and presents this watch in rainbow colours that are full of vibrant life.
Now about the watch
You know when you were a child and looking at the rainbow brought a smile on your face? And then you grew up and somehow life’s curves left you unappreciative of a thing as simple as a rainbow?
Well, Hublot has a solution.
A grown up rainbow that’s bound to bring joy to anyone lucky enough to be wearing one. The new Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow watch is blinged out in all the right (seven) colours.
Followers of Hublot would know that there already exists a Big Bang Rainbow, but Hublot sees no harm in introducing another one. After all, over the years there have been more & more Hublot converts.
The Case, the Dial, the Gemstones
Hublot’s own in-house king gold material serves as the perfect backdrop for the shimmering round and baguette-cut gemstones that adorn this wristwatch.
On the 42mm Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow, the hour hand clasps the chronograph skeleton movement like the claws of a precious setting. The hour markers even though are set in the same material as the dial set themselves apart and add to the legibility of the dial face with this teeth or claw like design.
We also like how all three sub-dial registers have different inner layouts and that adds a bit more design flair to the overall watch.
Another great detail we love is that the date window between 4 and 5’o clock is highlighted by a golden frame.
Usually a skeleton dial can be a messy look for a chronograph, but use of layering on the dial accentuated with gold really lifts the readability element. Even the peripheral date ring doesn’t jar; Hublot has managed to create a well balanced skeleton dial here.
This skeletonised dial is not just simply a dull background to the dazzling gems; it’s functional and forms the heart of this watch.
It makes the Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow tick, powered by the HUB4700 self-winding skeleton chronograph movement that comprises of 278 components & beats at the frequency of 5Hz (36’000 A/h). The relatively high frequency here means that in theory, up-to 1/10th of a second can be measured if the chronograph dial had an option for it.
The Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow comes with a pretty decent 50 hour power reserve.
If we were to try and find any negatives with this watch, we would be hard pressed.
Though on careful examination, we note that the hands are half skeletonised and half lume filled which we think is a bit odd and should have just been completely filled with lume.
Also, the black (sandwich infill) ‘ears’ look a bit odd as they should have been the same grey colour as the skeletonised movement dial colour.
Whether you wish to celebrate this Mardi Gras with Hublot’s Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow 42 or not, you can’t deny that this 2020 Hublot offering hits a home run.
It’s got a relatively unique style of displaying varying and contrasting gems on its bezel and case that is simply enticing. It is classically built for a Hublot watch in a very flashy manner but also has an added chronograph sporty feature. The size of 42mm does not come off as too big given the gems really needed space to breathe and shine. Traditionally a gem-set watch like this would be reserved for special occasions, but there is something so fun and sporty about this that it can be worn casually as well by someone daring enough to do so.
Overall, it’s a great looking watch from Hublot, and is certainly one of the better looking gem-set chronographs out there.
I do like how the colours of the straps on either side match with the red-orange or blue-purple gems set on the dials. It is a nice bit of detail and stuff like this sets Hublot a cut (pun intended) above the rest.
If you want to just browse the the technical details of this watch for future reference, we have a shorter tech specs review under our ‘Sneak Peek’ category accessible here for easy reference.
Alternatively you can also check out our cool Infographic on this watch here.
For more information on this and other Hublot watches, head to the Hublot website here.