A brand new material: TexaliumBASELWORLD 2015: Hublot launches the Big Bang Unico Italia Independent
Hublot is launching the new Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent, designed in collaboration with the Italian brand, of whom Lapo Elkann is President and Co-Founder. This collaboration has created a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium®, whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand.
By now well accustomed to carbon fibre cases, Hublot wanted to go even further in its search for this material, to achieve even more colour variations. Texalium® is unique in that it is aluminium-coated carbon fibre; the great advantage of this is that it can be designed in different colours and has a remarkable brilliance, with all the lightness of carbon fibre.
This new Big Bang Unico Italia Independent is available in two colourways – grey or blue – and is guaranteed to electrify the wrist of anyone wearing it. A 500-piece limited edition of each of these two versions will be produced.
Each watch comes in a customised Italia Independent display case, complete with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses as a bonus gift for Big Bang customers; as high-tech as the watch itself, the frame of these stylish sunglasses is also made from Texalium®. Handmade in Switzerland, these sunglasses benefit from the highest level of expertise. They are the fusion of a unique, pure, elegant and contemporary design, exclusive to Hublot, with high-performance adaptable lenses and a high-tech Texalium® frame – a remarkable technical feat.
The strap itself is made from denim fabric with grey or black studs, as typically seen on luxury shoes. The strap benefits from the interchangeable "One Click" system, which enables its wearers to choose from a wide range of straps as they like.
Once again, this Big Bang Unico Italia Independent also features Hublot's manufacture chronograph movement – the UNICO. It is THE house engine. It has been entirely designed, developed, machined and assembled by micro-mechanics, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. The movement is a flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, and which is unique in the watchmaking industry, two push-buttons, with date indicator, and featuring a uniquely positioned mechanism with dual coupling and the famous "column wheel" visible on the dial side.
The power reserve is approximately 72 hours. Watertight to 10 ATM (100 m).