Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch Watch Releases

It is mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and Hublot is bringing the beach party with two new boutiques in the glitzy French coastal towns of Cannes and Saint-Tropez along the famously glamorous French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur. You already see where this is going, right? The new boutiques have been outfitted with a beachy and nautical design featuring azure blue facades - and the new, simply named Hublot Big Bang Blue limited edition watch in a blue ceramic case thematically follows suit.

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch Watch Releases

Blue continues to be a popular color for watches, and the Hublot Big Bang Blue is one of the bluest watches out there. It comes in a familiar 45mm Big Bang case made out of mostly blue ceramic with polished sides and micro-blasted top surfaces. And it also features white composite resin inserts on the sides. Like the case, the bezel is also blue ceramic polished on the sides and micro-blasted on the top to create a matte kind of look and finish. The bezel is held in place with polished titanium H-shaped screws. The crown and pushers are all made out satin-finished titanium. Water-resistance is 100m and the watch will come with two strap choices: white and blue rubber or white rubber with blue alligator leather.

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch Watch Releases

The dial is skeletonized and features the usual dial configuration of other Hublot Big Bang watches: running seconds at 9 o’clock and 60-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. The hands and applied hour indexes are rhodium-plated and satin-finished and filled with white luminescent material for legibility in low-light conditions. There’s an inconspicuous date window at 3 o’clock and surrounding the dial is a blue flange marked with the minutes.

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch Watch Releases

To be honest, looking at the press photos here, it looks like the Hublot Big Bang Blue's brushed hands against its skeletonized dial might not be the strongest for legibility - even though Hublot has often been known to get this right. But as they say, telling the time on a lifestyle statement watch like this is probably only a secondary consideration. Additionally, what you lose in legibility you gain in being able to see the inner workings of the watch. The skeletonized dial means some of the going train is visible and so is the column-wheel, and seeing those things in action, especially when you activate the chronograph, is pretty cool.

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch Watch Releases

The movement is Hublot’s trusty HUB1242, which is used in many other Hublot Big Bang watches. It is in-house-made and is a self-winding chronograph movement with a flyback mechanism. It consists of 330 components, beats at 4Hz, and has a respectable power reserve of 72 hours. The movement is visible through the watch’s sapphire display case back.

Hublot Big Bang Blue Watch Watch Releases

While blue dials have been popular for a while now, fully blue watches like the Hublot Big Bang Blue are naturally less common. And despite its name, the Hublot Big Bang Blue is not the first blue limited edition Big Bang watch - some of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent watches (hands-on here), for instance were pretty blue as well. The Hublot Big Bang Blue is limited to just 100 pieces, priced at $21,500, and will initially be available at Hublot's "summer boutiques." hublot.com

What do you think?
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  • SuperStrapper

    I just say quickly before the slavering hate starts that it looks well designed and quite striking. I like the ceramic case, although I assume I would like it more if the white ceramic elements were replaced with steel. All the blue is great, and a unique shade.

  • Mikita

    Won’t be original today. It looks like a watch from a box of cereal.

  • awildermode

    I have always liked the way Hublot treats their date ‘windows’. Seeing the entire ring of numbers and using a small ‘background’ to ‘highlight’ the date is quite unique.

  • Moonraker

    I think it would look good on a black strap but I guess that undermines the point, and you could always switch to one later.

  • I like it! Looks better then the RM from a few days ago, and at 1/7th the price.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    A blue watch in Glasgow,…………..that’s crazy talk.

    • Moonraker

      I thought you lived on the Isle of Men.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Read the comment ! The Isle of MAN is 190 miles away from Glasgow.Just of west coast. ……………oh, i get it, you’r winding me up , right ?

        • Moonraker

          So then where is Henley-on-Thames? Near Goa?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I can’t see the relevance to your question, but i will answer it.
            4093 miles ( 7580 kil )from Henley. From Glasgow 4253 miles Won’t be in Goa till the end of the year.

      • DanW94

        Ray doesn’t swing that way, he prefers to visit Isla Mujeres…..

  • BNABOD
    • But do they come with authentic “composite resin inserts on the sides”? If so, then Hublot might have some serious competition with Buzz and Woody.

      • Pete Pete

        there’s a lot more serious competition. unfortunately my posts on that topic somehow just disappear.

  • Pete Pete

    any particular reason why my posts keep getting deleted kenny?

    • Moonraker

      Yeah, what’s up with that? I’ve seen a few of yours pop up then disappear.

    • Mikita

      I had same problem in LV article.

  • Phil leavell

    I’m flabbergasted. I’m not fond of skeletal face watches or Hublot, but I really don’t mind this it’s legible I like the face layout and Design. You still have to excuse me I’m going to go to the clinic now!

  • TrevorXM

    Not bad. A lot better than the typical Hublot. Looks plastic in photos, but probably gives a different impression in real life. Hate the strap, though. It would look pretty good with a medium brown leather that worked with the blue.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Brown and blue ? Are you colour blind : ))

      • SuperStrapper

        Brown strap blue stitching is an excellent and eye catching choice for a blue dialled watch.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Don’t have the software to mock that up but ……it……..sounds……….awful…………(IMO)

  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t assume any of these photos were taken by blog staff? I notice that what looks like official press images show a gummy gator strap (which are awesome) and then the more catalogue looking images show it on a 2 tone full rubber atrapbwith texture. The colours look to be equal on both, but I bet in a side-by-side comparison that the full rubber would have a much sportier appearance. I wonder if it is an official model option, or if the design changed gears as some point.

  • Ranchracer

    Hey another cheap Invicta! Oh wait, sorry, it’s another twenty-thousand-dollar ridiculous Hublot. Easy to get them confused.

    • commentator bob

      The way to tell is in 20 years when the 7750 in an Invicta chrono is still running.

      • Ranchracer

        LOL!!

    • Yan Fin

      Invicta is more tasteful.

    • Bert Kanne

      Invicta must be secretly doing their designs…

    • R.O. Ferrer

      nailed it. i was wondering what it looked like.

  • Now I understand the preceding Rolex Blingmaster review – it’s there to make this Hublot seem very conservative, tasteful and reasonable in comparison.

    And for over $21K, I wouldn’t want “white composite resin inserts on the sides” – I’d require white ceramic inserts.

    • R.O. Ferrer

      i think is fear factor weekend on ABTW- the rolex was the bull testicle. anything that comes after that- seems fine by comparison. “now here’s a hublot pig’s intestine- lovely!”

  • Simon_Hell

    Blue is in, and I dig it. But a blue watch usually means steel case with navy or deeper blue ‘elements’. How stupid and clueless do you have to be, that when they ask you to make a ‘blue’ model you come up with this half plastic abomination that looks like an alien vomit. I mean are pedophiles on Thailand crusie ships the target audience here?

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Now, if anything needs removed, that does, Sorry Simon.

      • Moonraker

        Is it offensive to aliens or pedophiles?

        • IG

          To cruise ships.

    • Pete Pete

      the design is cleary for boys between 6 and 12 years, so that question seems (disgusting but) reasonable.

  • Yan Fin

    Is in genuine rubber?

  • DanW94

    One of the few skeleton big bangs I like. It’s not exactly restrained, after all it is a big blue Hublot, but it’s a tad more subtle than some others like the Texalium or Sapphire big bang models. I’d rock it on a Sunday in the Hamptons. Okay, more realistically on a Wednesday evening at Clancy’s in Jaywick.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Jaywick in southend on sea ?

  • Mark1884

    Nice but…… I need more blue.

  • R.O. Ferrer

    if blue is your thing, get the superior pelagos.

  • Sevenmack

    It’s no Classic Fusion. But Hublot has done worse than this. You’re going to have some misses when you live up to your reputation for combining traditional and nontraditional materials and designs.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Hublot ~ Buboe

  • Nice G Shock!

  • Mikita
    • Larry Holmack

      I was going to say the Hublot was stealing Invicta’s designs!!!

  • thecouchguy

    Another well engineered ugly watch from Hublot.

  • Marius

    What I would like to know is where all the Hublots are at. I mean, I keep reading about how successful the Biver is, and how he transformed Hublot into a super successful brand which is more successful than success itself. Yet, in real life, I have never ever seen a Hublot. Côte d`Azur this, Côte d`Azur that, I happen to be a Monte Carlo resident, and I have yet to see a person actually wear a Hublot. The watches that I see the most are Rolex (super popular), Audemars Piguet (also popular), and a few JLC, Omega, and Vacheron. No Hublot. The only time I thought I saw a Hublot was last year in Menton, but it turned out the tourist was Hungarian, but working in Jaywick, near Clacton-On-Sea, so I immediately knew that the watch was a fake.

    Of course, I understand that Hublot is not such a high volume manufacturer such as Rolex and Omega, but still, for a brand that is being heralded as the epitome of success, I would expect to see at least a few of their watches around.

    • Valery Starky

      When I was expatriate in Moscow I saw a lot of them.. Now in middle east I see some from time to time, more on women.

    • commentator bob

      You have to find out where watch bloggers hang out with their loaners.

    • Rupert Muller

      I watched Wimbledon Finals with GOAT Roger Federer yesterday. While the camera was zooming into the audience during breaks, you could see quite a few “fans” wearing Hublows.
      And a couple of football managers and players wear them too.

    • W Normandie

      You may never have seen one, but owning one i can assure you that this is an incredible piece. The quality is there and the feel is outstanding. The apparent unico movement participate to the magnificent and unique dial. I love it much more than my rolex (that i really love too, don’t get me wrong!).

      • Ryan Thong

        I agree with you. I really like Big Bangs with Unico movement.
        I love the skeletonized dial.
        The older Big Bang models with 7750 movements though… those are crap. If you see someone with those on their wrist, they are most likely fakes.

  • SwissMatic

    I couldn’t make this watch work in a conversation. “Hey what kind of watch is that?” “Oh, it’s a Hublot Blig Blang Blue Watch.” Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

  • Waiting for its release, surely an addition to my wardrobe.

  • Jonathan Fisk

    For $21,500 I would expect the screws on the case to line up!

  • Howie Boyd

    You wrote: “…60-minute chronograph counter at 6 o’clock”
    You meant to write: “…60-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock”

  • Ulysses31

    I’ve always liked blue watches – until now. Throw some red in there and sell it as the “Optimus Prime” edition. Wealthy morons will flock to it.

  • Word Merchant

    Can I haz teh bloo?