‘Green Is The Prime Colour Of The World’ – Introducing the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods
Editor’s note: This is a Mind (stats), Body (design features) & Soul (what’s special) review of the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods watch. For our detailed reviews, please head to our dedicated review section here.
“Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises,” said Pedro Calderón de la Barca, a dramatist, poet, writer and a knight of the Order of Santiago from the 1600s. Clothed in Harrods’ iconic green colours, is the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods, a sort of beacon of horological loveliness for the wrists.
What is it: The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods Edition
Why: To mark the 10th anniversary of the on-going partnership between Hublot and Harrods
When released: 15 October 2020 for £59’000
Where: The 15 special edition models will come in an exclusive box specifically designed for the collection, and are available exclusively at the Hublot Boutique in the Harrods Fine Watch Room, located on the lower ground floor
Who is it for: It is for extinguished gentleman who can carry off a mammoth, bright green timepiece with carefree aplomb
How does it do: B4U or Big, Bold, Bright and Beautiful for you
Missing: Umm, how should I put this diplomatically? It’s too flashy and large for my personal tastes but I can definitely see a market for it
The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods features the calibre MHUB1242 UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel. It features 330 components, 38 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h), and boasts of an impressive 72-hour power reserve.’
This UNICO movement has been designed, developed, machined and assembled in-house by Hublot and its pallet fork and escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and made from lightweight silicon. The movement features microblasted anthracite ruthenium plated mainplate & bridges and incorporates the above mentioned flyback chronograph, a date indicator, and a mechanism with dual coupling and column wheel being visible on the dial side.
The movement is encased inside a 45mm diameter and 15.45mm thick polished sapphire crystal case and striking SAXEM (Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Mineral) bezel. SAXEM is a high-tech material that was first used in a watchcase by Hublot in 2019, and combines peerless resistance with a brilliance that comes close to that of a diamond.
Hublot’s ascent to the top of material innovativeness ladder is a long time in the making. It started with their invention of the Magic Gold case material back in 2011. At the time, it was the world’s most scratch resistant 18K Gold, owing to the brand creating an alloy between boron carbide (ceramic) and 24K Gold.
Overall, the look of this partially transparent Big Bang watch body with polished & beveled corners is both stylish and sexy. The trademark “sandwich” construction of Hublot watches is still maintained and the way the surfaces are overtly facetted they create a myriad of levels and textures on the modular case.
Providing visual relief from the overdose of green is the modern camouflage design of the dial that reveals parts of the above movement. Like the recently released Hublot Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto or the Big Bang UNICO Red Magic, the dial shows hour markers as alternating between Arabic numerals and baton-style appliqués. Being applied and raised, they provide for pretend event legibility.
Completing the green aesthetic is the camouflage strap or complementing the transparent appeal is the additional complimentary transparent lined rubber strap. Take your pick and flaunt this baby with confidence.
Harrods is one of the world’s leading department stores, and is well known for its love of the colour green. Harrods also from time to time releases limited or special edition collaborative timepieces in partnership with various luxury brands. The extremely popular Tudor x Harrods BB58, again with a green bezel, in one such example.
This is not the first time the two have collaborated though. Back in 2017, Hublot released three Classic Fusion Harrods Special Edition timepieces that were relatively more affordable but lacked the green burst the new Big Bang Unico Sapphire version has.
It then comes as no surprise that they would collaborate with Hublot to release another limited edition timepiece. As Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO puts it: “Since the launch of Hublot at Harrods in 2010, Hublot has had the pleasure of collaborating with the world’s leading luxury department store on many creative campaigns and initiatives. With this new timepiece drawing on Hublot’s expertise and in Harrods’ signature colour, available to Harrods clients in a special edition of 15 models, we are proud to see our partnership continue to go from strength to strength”.
Timepieces like the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods are designed to allow connoisseurs to experience new dimensions of the watch world, and these pieces bring an intriguing quality to horology. I have said this before and I will say it again; Hublot watches are not for everyone. And I reckon this is how it should be as well. Targeted at a select niche — though within an ever-growing market — Hublot watches are for people who are not only privileged but also prefer to go the less trodden pathway.
If you are one of those who look at the conventional definition of luxury and feel it is time for reinventing the wheel, then look no further than the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Harrods.
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