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Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

One of the new Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 watches for 2015 was the limited edition Italia Independent model. Hublot continues their close partnership with other brands and events with more limited edition watches that hope to attract both lovers of Hulobt and Italia Independent products. What makes these two limited edition Hublot Big Bang Unico models the most unique is the blue and gray color styles, as well as the “Texalium” material used for much of the case and bezel.

Visually, the Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 Italia Independent watches are quite interesting, and at first, although it just looks like a visually aggressive texture, the Texalium material is unique and makes a case for itself. Without a doubt, however, is the fact that they are very much “fashion forward” Hublot Big Bang watches meant for those looking for “it” products to go with “it” pieces of clothing. Nevertheless, if you find yourself connected to these looks, there might very well be a place for this trippy blue or gray Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent timepiece in your life.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

Oh, and if you aren’t familiar with Italia Independent, it is a company that makes mostly eye wear for men and women. Many of their products are known for having traditional or iconic shapes with bold colors or patterns to make them a bit more fashionably interesting. Italia Independent sunglasses aren’t super cheap, but with an average price of $200 – $300, they aren’t the type of product that only people buying luxury watches would know about.

I actually think that Hublot is clever in working with more affordable brands that nevertheless strike a nerve with those looking for very contemporary cool things. By working with a brand like Italia Independent, Hublot is really able to reach a wide audience – many people that may not know much about Hublot or the Hublot brand at all.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

So, what is Texalium? It is actually very close to carbon fiber in terms of how it looks and how it is produced. However, the tightness of the weave and the colors can be controlled a lot more. Popular Texalium colors include red, black, yellow, blue, and silver. You can see that Hublot opted for the blue and silver/gray colors of Texalium for these Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent watches. The pictures of the blue version on the wrist of our own James Stacey (who always looks good in blue) can show you how nice and rich the colors come out.

Texalium is not carbon fiber, but rather, a fiberglass fabric that uses a thin coating of aluminum on its surface. This coating is very thin and reflective, which gives the material its signature look. Hublot compliments the Texalium color and material with a matching color for the hands and markers, as well as denim-style straps – with studs.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

While, on paper, I don’t know if I would have believed strap studs to be necessary, they do look cool either in naked titanium on the blue watch or in black titanium on the gray watch. Say what you will about Hublot, and you certainly don’t have to like these “looks,” but the overall presentation of these watches does fit the Hublot and Italia Independent themes very nicely.

At its core, the watch is the Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 which comes in a range of models and was originally introduced in 2013 by aBlogtoWatch here. We’ve discussed this watch at length, which is a 45mm wide version of the Hublot Big Bang with an in-house made Hublot movement. This is probably the best all-around Hublot Big Bang to date, unless you want to go with the similar Hublot Big Bang Ferrari. The case is 45mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters. I continue to like the details around the chronograph pushers and locking crown system, as well as the quick release for the straps.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Watches In Texalium Hands-On Hands-On

Inside this Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 Italia Independent and most other Hublot Big Bang UNICO 45 watches is the in-house made Hublot caliber HUB 1242 Unico automatic chronograph movement with a 30 minute chronograph and 72 hours of power reserve, operating at 4Hz. The movement can be admired through the open-work dial as well as the exhibition caseback.

While not everyone is a fan of Hublot’s Big Bang watch collection, I am. Some of the early Hublot Big Bang models are not classics, and the more modern 45mm-wide models are proving to be extremely popular, even though they aren’t at all cheap. Hublot continues to keep the collection fresh with limited editions that are much more interesting today than they were several years ago. Hublot is also doing better making sure that each limited edition watch has a specific niche it is targeting, and that is precisely the case with the Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 Italia Independent. The ref. 411.YT.1110.NR.ITI15 in gray and the ref. 411.YL.5190.NR.ITI15 in blue are each limited to 500 pieces at a price of $28,600.



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  • DG Cayse

    We all eagerly await the next Hublot offering featuring a loud klaxon, flashing lights and a clown car complication.

  • “Hublot, because it just goes well with JCB’s cheese”

  • BrJean

    Have to admit that blue version looks impressive.

  • Just when you think Hublot can’t top themselves in the hideous watch department, along comes the blue Texalium horror with the hob nails from who knows whose boots. I don’t find the black Texalium bad as a material but the studs look like something for “her pleasure” (if the strap was a condom). Nasty as they are, they are more legible than a lot of You-Blows so I will give them credit for that (but only in the relative scheme of things). OK I will relent a bit – I’m glad they are innovating with materials even if I don’t care execution for this much. The bleeding of my eyes is tapering off now that the blue one has scrolled off the screen.

  • Ulysses31

    They use so many interesting materials, some of which look pretty nice like this one, and the colour changing is neat.  The one thing that never changes is their butt-ugly design.  I don’t think i’d pay 30K for a watch that looks like it was assembled from Meccano.  Luggage made from this “Texalium” would look cool.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Excellent demonstration how to take unique wonderful materials and turn them into ugly crap for 30k. Being constant luxury crapmakers, Hublot hallow their own traditions.

  • iamcalledryan

    Guys, you aren’t Hublot’s market, don’t surprise yourself with how little you like these. They are designed for people who can afford to treat them as fashion watches, and as far as mechanical fashion watches go they are fantastic.

  • DG Cayse And like early Unico movements, will Hublot watches with the clown complication also be 50% DOA?

  • iamcalledryan I hear ya, but I ever get so stupid and rich (at the same time – I already have stupid covered) and spend $30K for a fashion watch, please just shoot me.

  • DanW94

    The good – The movement, in-house design and made, column wheel, 72 hour power reserve, flyback feature.   The bad – everything else….

  • ryan_o

    MarkCarson iamcalledryan I’ve got your back on this Mark – these things are making a mockery of the industry and a mockery of the stupid individuals that think wearing them holds some sort of gravitas!

  • OnPointFirearms

    I’m a wealthy Arab and this watch would perfectly match my garish blue & purple Lamborghini Aventador SV!  Wait, no I’m not.

  • OnPointFirearms

    MarkCarson iamcalledryan I’ll take you up on that, Mark. 😉  Kidding, of course.

  • Studded strap aside, I really like these. I’ll leave it at that as too not soak up too much bandwidth for all the required hating that comes with a Hublot article.

  • OnPointFirearms MarkCarson iamcalledryan Mind you I’d like to have $30K extra laying around to spend on a watch. But getting a fashion watch (“Ooooh it matches me blue pants”) is not my idea of a $30K purchase. So consider it your sworn obligation to shoot me (and yes I’m kidding, dementia could set in the same time as too much money – you never know). Cheers.

  • BJS314

    I think its really interesting that they can sell the same style of watch for a decade or more, by simply changing the finishes. I find this hideous. But, I also don’t own a $2,000 chanel metal studded belt and $5,000 alligator shoes to match. If I was a white or arab pimp I’d wear this daily i guess.

  • cshepley

    I made a green texalium watch dial for a watch I made. I was waiting to see if it might eventually be used commercially.

  • mgennone

    As much as Hublot is not for me I want to wear one for a week and see reactions, how I take to it etc. I went from pure hatred to curiosity.

  • mgennone

    Hasn’t Rolex done this successfully w even less cosmetic changes?

  • CG

    I’m waiting for Hublot toilet seat to match!

  • Jimxxx

    What?! No red for the Chinese market?!

  • JubJub

    Wow.  I’m not even sure what to say.

    I guess if you’re a mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, steroid-taking, meathead, trust-funder, then these watches are just about perfect for you.

  • JubJub

    mgennone That’s an excellent point.

  • JubJub

    DanW94 You can get all of that except the 72-hour power reserve from a vintage Citizen 8110 for about $200. I’d rather wear the Citizen.

  • IanE

    Huge Blots.

  • DanW94

    JubJub DanW94
    No argument here… I was just trying to point out the positives and from what I’ve read this movement performs pretty well….as you can tell from my post, you know how I feel about the rest of the watch….

  • JubJub

    DanW94 JubJub I hear you, Dan.  I’m just hesitant to give Hublot credit for anything because they consistently produce such perversions.

  • henryus

    The usual Hublot invectives aside, these are very fashion-conscious watches in a good way. Studded strap is uniquely punk. The Texalium gives it nice color and texture. The two parts, strap and the watch, are coherently integrated. And the finishing is impeccable, as expected at this price.  Overall fashion cohesion is best characteristic of the watch. And given its style, it’ll be a unique look among watches and would be really nice to have in a collection for wear.

    The irony is, the people who would look good in these sort of watches, the young, wouldn’t be able to afford them. Instead, I can envision a forty or fifty something sales executives in the fashion industry sporting these to attract the attention of the same young people at fashion events.

  • Shawnnny

    As much as I don’t like Rolex watches. Rolex has a lot of class. Hublot has absolutely zero class.

  • Shawnnny

    Hublot continues to blow chunks!!

  • JubJub Trust fund not required – more likely newly minted baller (sports contract for gazillons).

  • thornwood36

    Wow, no ones got a good thing to say about this brand and in the main I agree with most of the comments. But you cant deny the build quality of these eye sores, That strap is just awful.

  • CG Perhaps like this? Actually makes a very sporty toilet seat. Or do you give a s___?

  • bnabod

    When one thought it could not get any uglier they manage to pull it off. To that I say bravo.

  • Peter Dey

    Beautiful and no doubt pricey for anyone into Horolgy…

  • spiceballs

    MarkCarson CG  couldn’t possible – screws don’t align.

  • DanW94

    MarkCarson CG
    I don’t think I like it, the bezel looks a little small on this one, although I like the porcelain finish…..

  • spiceballs

    Unappealing, except for the strap/deployant – sans studs.

  • iamcalledryan

    MarkCarson CG LOL!

  • iamcalledryan

    MarkCarson OnPointFirearms iamcalledryan You’re just upset because you now know you need to find some pants to match.

  • DG Cayse

    OnPointFirearms Marketing…Marketing…Marketing…know thy [email protected]

  • DanW94 MarkCarson CG Porcelain and Texalium – it’s all about fusion of materials at Hublot.

  • SarthakSharma

    Ah yes, the fine art of “Whoreology” is thriving within Hublot.

  • marioPangestu

    LOL everytime  theres a Hublot watches i can’t wait to see the comments bellow, very amusing! Does hublot management ever see this comment and perhaps reconsider their next move?

  • iamcalledryan

    Probably not, they aren’t the views of their client base. Upsetting watch purists is a minor risk worth taking when you are aiming at the market that they are.

  • Lol – a more groan-worthy comment I’ve maybe not read here all month. Congrats.

  • mgennone

    SuperStrapper How so? Is it not true that Rolex just updates older models ever so slightly ? I like the practice personally and appreciate it in my sub and GMT.

  • I was directing that at the somewhat humorous class vs. No class comment, not yours.

  • Russ Schwenkler

    I like the pushers – replace the rest.

  • Jimxxx

    Or Horrorlogy.

  • markgoodson

    If Lego designed a watch… this would be it.

  • joshgraves

    I haven’t met a Hublot that I like yet…this is no exception.

  • egznyc

    To me, I suspect the material is a colored, compressed, hardened version of what goes inside the toilet. But then, I’m not a materials scientist.

  • egznyc You mean “processed food” I assume. After the human body is a factory for turning delicious food into, well you know…

  • spiceballs MarkCarson CG Are you afraid that the non-aligned screw heads will leave non-aligned imprints on your cheeks?

  • mrbst

    Disco Steve wants his watch back

  • Mike Xu

    check out the limited edition Hublot Big Bang specially commissioned for Singapore’s Birthday.

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