News May 2006

Hublot has every right to be proud of this masterpiece of high watchmaking craftsmanship comprising the first ‘Tourbillon Column-Wheel Chronograph’ with direct coupling on a flying tourbillon.

Hublot “Bigger Bang”

The First Tourbillon Column-Wheel Chronograph

The Watch Quote™ - May 15th, 2006

The “Bigger Bang” is the first Tourbillon Column-Wheel Chronograph with direct coupling on a flying tourbillon cage, the latest brainchild to emerge from the master watchmakers’ workshop at Hublot. The chronograph mechanism and column-wheel are for the first time directly visible via the dial at 12.00 o’clock. The wearer can admire the fine execution of each component, observe the chronograph being activated by pressing the first push-piece, and see the operation of the column-wheel mechanism, the heart that beats at the centre of the system. Using the same push-piece to reset to zero causes the mechanism to stop, due to the rotary movement of the coupling wheel engaging with the Tourbillon system.

The remarkable construction of the “Bigger Bang”, aside from the dial-side Column-Wheel Chronograph (in itself already a spectacular first), also features a Flying Tourbillon measuring 13 ¼ lines (diameter 30 mm) housed in a 13mm diameter cage without ball bearings and raised 2.80 mm above the base of the bottom plate. This amazing feat of watchmaking engineering comprising 262 components, assembled, adjusted and regulated with the utmost precision, creates the impression of a tourbillon suspended in mid-air, hence the term ‘Flying’, thereby enabling it to be admired from every angle. It also comprises a Gyromax type balance and offers a power reserve of 5 days. It is fitted with 33 rubies, a circular-grained right bottom plate decorated in black gold, topped by some extremely unique bridgework, echoing the two-wheel gear in shape, and a black skeleton dial with sunray motif.

A traditional tourbillon with a futuristic appearance, the “Bigger Bang” came into being after many long months of the most advanced technological research. Now sought after by major watch collectors all over the world, Hublot’s master watchmakers are justly proud of this incredible innovation in the technical and mechanical watchmaking world.

The ‘Bigger Bang’ Tourbillon Column-Wheel Chronograph is available in three different versions, each part of an exclusive limited edition of 18 individually numbered pieces:
Platinum case PT 950 with black ceramic bezel/18K Red gold case with black ceramic bezel/black ceramic case and bezel.

The ‘Bigger Bang’ adheres to Hublot’s Fusion concept in the traditional art of watchmaking, by exploring the fusion of brand new materials and movements at the cutting edge of the very latest technologies. It combines Swiss Tradition with the visionary art of 21st century watchmaking, while preserving the unique design and timelessness of the Hublot design.

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Technical data

Hublot “Bigger Bang”

Case:“Big Bang” 44.5 mm Platinum 950 with matt black ceramic bezel (available in black ceramic or 18K red gold black ceramic)
Bezel:Black ceramic with 6 titanium screws with ‘H’-shaped slots
Calibre:HUB1400CT - Tourbillon with chronograph with manual winding and direct coupling on cage
Lines:13 ¼
Vibrations:21600 v/h (3Hz)
Depth:7.80 mm
Balance spring:Gyromax regulating inertia-block
No. of components:262
Power reserve:120 hours with chronograph stopped
Diameter of cage:13.00 mm
Type of Tourbillon:Flying Tourbillon with chronograph in a cage without ball bearings raised 2.80 mm above the base of the bottom plate
Bridges:Circular satin-finish bridges in black gold or rhodium-plated, chamfered steels, polished or satin-finish surface, polished or black gold screws, echoing the two-wheel gear in shape.
Dial:Black skeleton sunray motif, rhodium-plated appliques
Crystal:Double-faced sapphire with anti-reflection treatment
Back:Transparent sapphire with anti-reflection treatment
Crown:18K white gold/Platinum – 18K Red Gold/Red gold – Steel/black ceramic
Water-resistance:50 m.
Strap:Natural structured adjustable black rubber
Clasp:Deployant type in platinum PT950/Black PVD steel (Platinum)
18K Red Gold/Black PVD steel (Red gold)
Black PVD steel (Ceramic)
Limited Edition:18 pieces with case in Platinum PT950 and black ceramic bezel
18 pieces with case in 18K red gold and black ceramic bezel
18 pieces with black ceramic case and bezel

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