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Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer

Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

In case you’ve ever wondered what an Hublot watch would look like on a 104 year old man, this is it. This chap is famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and he has been fortunate to not only live a very long time, but also have a very accomplished career behind him. For us Americans, he most notably architected the United Nations building in New York City.

Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

Hublot now honors him with a watch. See a video that Hublot made presenting the watch to him here. Actually, Hublot has a dual reason for making this watch. The piece is also in honor of Brazil – a country Hublot has been keen to keep popularity high with. And why Brazil now? Well the FIFA World Cup for 2014 is coming to Brasilia, Brazil and Hublot also happens to have a relationship the kings of soccer.

Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

My interest is more with Niemeyer however. I still think it is very interesting to see him wearing a futuristic Big Bang Aero Bang watch in tantalum with a dial in black accented with the yellow and green colors of the Brazilian flag. Jean-Claude Biver of Hublot is very open with the type of advertising and marketing that he is willing to experiment with. Most brands would probably not do this, but I applaud Hublot for doing so. I have a feeling Oscar never saw this coming. 30 years ago I am sure he would have been thrilled to get a limited edition watch in his honor. Today I am happy he is still alive. I think all very senior citizens should get cool looking futuristic watches. Timex, get some special modern versions of the Easy Reader out there OK?

Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

On the back of the limited edition Aero Bang 44mm Oscar Niemeyer is an engraving of the Brazilian National Congress – a building that Niemeyer designed. Looking at his designs I think I know who designed Mos Eisely on Tatooine for Star Wars. Seriously right? That and the Space Mountain ride building at Disneyland. Niemeyer’s interesting sense of shapes, light colors and mid 20th century futurism are easy to appreciate today. Looks like the majority of his buildings are in Brazil and Spain.

Limited to 104 pieces the Hublot Niemeyer watch is in tantalum (don’t ask why the caseback says “tantalum” as well as “titanium”). In the Aero Bang collection, it has a skeletonized dial and overall black/gray style. I do really like the “lemon and lime” colors of the hands and hour markers. Good for Brazil, or 7-Up.


Hublot Big Bang Watch For Architect Oscar Niemeyer Watch Releases

Tech specs from Hublot:

Reference 311.AI.1149.HR.NIE11

Series Limited to 104 pieces numbered from 01/104 to 104/104
Case 44.5 mm Big Bang, in micro-blasted tantalum
Bezel Micro-blasted tantalum
6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lugs Black composite
Lateral inserts Black composite
Crown Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces Black PVD titanium, rectangular, with black rubber inserts
Case-back Open tantalum, with circular satin finish
Case-back crystal Transfer of the Square of Three Powers, one of Oscar Niemeyer’s legendary works in Brasilia
Water resistance 10 Atm, i.e. approx 100 metres
Dial Matt black openworked skeleton.
Green varnished indexes, with yellow SuperLuminova™
Hands Polished black nickel, with yellow SuperLuminova™
Chronograph hand with H counterweight
Movement HUB4214 – Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Components 252
Jewels 27
Bridges Satin-finished, bevelled & polished
Screws Black PVD titanium
Calendar Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating weight Openworked and coated in black PVD, tungsten segment
Main plate Micro-blasted black chromium
Barrel Reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power reserve Approximately 42 hours
Strap Adjustable black rubber and black Crocodile Porosus Hornback strap, with grey stitching
Clasp Big Bang black PVD deployant buckle, titanium screws and satin-finished tantalum plate

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  • shinytoys

    Mr. Neimeyer’s architecture is world renowned and magnificent.

    I also want one of those watches…

  • Russ Schwenkler

    Gosh, another obscure Hublot LE – Shocked… Where’s the Ariel Adams LE, The Blue and Yellow WalMart LE, the soot grey, Gary Indiana LE…?

  • JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

    Grandpa looks to be in need of some apple sauce..

  • Neil C

    This is the first Hublot I like the look of!

    I know some people don’t like their Tie-in with Ferrari, especially since most Ferrari merchandise is cheap and tacky, but I’m more amused by their Tie-in with Manchester United! Go the Gunners!

    The one Football Club branded watch I do like is Seiko’s F.C. Barcelona Chronograph, a sweet looking piece.

  • Neil C

    I vote for an Ariel Adams LE timepiece too – you have connections, make it so!

    • What would that look like?

  • Pete24

    It wouldn’t be a blog to read without a big bang staring you in the face every other day

    • So I shouldn’t rename the site to “”

  • rafael

    Dear Ariel and readers,

    I like Hublot watches but now they exaggerate, that’s just ridiculous, I know Oscar he was a fried of my grandparent, and he can hardly see a door in front of him, using his image is just taking advantage of an old man, really ridiculous that….

    If Hublot want to an homage for the great architect that Oscar is it’s ok, but they should not uses him, this time they make it to far…..



  • Kris C

    My Hublot has a first name, its O-S-C-A-R….