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Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

 

 

Fifteen years after the introduction of the Big Bang, Hublot just introduced the Big Bang Integral, which adds an integrated bracelet model to the collection. The Integral debuts in three variations: Titanium, as seen in this article; King Gold; and an all-black ceramic. Though the Big Bang so far hasn’t exclusively come on a strap (see this bracelet model from a few years back), we are living in the era of integrated bracelet proliferation. In fact, I’m pretty surprised it took this long for Hublot to pull a “reverse-Offshore” with the Big Bang. Fortunately, Hublot didn’t only add an integrated bracelet to the 42mm Big Bang case (arguably the most wearable one, by the way), but they also refreshed and redesigned the case. 

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

The good? The result is a good-looking and reasonably sized watch from a collection that has long eluded a substantial group of luxury sport-watch buyers. 

The bad? Expect sticker shock. The titanium model you see in this article is the most affordable of the three, priced at just north of $20,000. 

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

That said, the in-house UNICO movement stands higher than a lot people give it credit for and I encourage everyone to read our David Bredan’s review of the strap version of the 42mm Big Bang for more background information and insight. Long story short, it’s an undeniably technically impressive movement that puts many of its peers to shame. Brief stats of the HUB1280 UNICO column-wheel chronograph movement include a three-day power reserve, modular escapement, a reworked oscillating double-clutch, and flyback function.

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Above: the Hublot Big Bang 42mm on rubber strap and older case

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Actually, keep that link from David’s review open so you have an easy reference for comparison. Hublot made some changes to the 42mm Big Bang case and dial with the Integral that are an overall marked improvement, in my opinion. The one change on the dial switches out Arabic numerals with simple indices, which I absolutely prefer. On the case, the pushers are changed back to the style from the original 2005 model. In fact, Hublot states that these rectangular pushers were the design inspiration for the bracelet through the chamfering, angles, and the alternating polished and satin finishing. 

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Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Water resistant to 100M, the sandwich-style case is changed a little bit, with the resin composite switched out for a complete titanium (or King Gold or ceramic) construction. There is black composite resin used on parts of the bezel and rubber is used around the crown. This change to the case cleans the whole design up a little, while the more sparse usage of black resin composite and rubber accentuate the aesthetic idiosyncrasies without being overbearing. 

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Above: the older Hublot Big Bang bracelet from 2015

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Take a look at the bracelet used on the previous iteration of the UNICO Big Bang from 2015, and this new Integral reveals an obviously stark difference in quality and finish. The chamfering and attention to detail are clearly apparent, and I applaud Hublot on creating a bracelet that looks good and is finished to a high degree while also being really comfortable to wear. 

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

On the wrist, the Big Bang Integral is a comfortable wear that is super-lightweight in titanium. Measuring 42mm-wide and 13.45mm-thick, it’s got a lug-to-lug that’s just around 52mm. As I’ve said before, this is probably the most wearable Hublot Big Bang watch and a size that I’d like to see them expand on even more. The sleeker new case and less cluttered dial go a long way in striking a balance in attitude, something that Hublot has struggled with in the past. 

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

Hands-On: Hublot Big Bang Integral 42mm Watch With New Integrated Bracelet Hands-On

The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Integral shows a brand that understands the taste of contemporary buyers more than almost any of their recent offerings. Paring down some of their more divisive and aggressive aesthetic touches just 20% or so and adding such a fantastic bracelet goes a long way. Price for the Hublot Big Bang Integral in titanium is $20,900, while the all-black ceramic comes in at $23,100, and the King Gold at $52,500. You can learn more at hublot.com.

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  • Alex A

    This might be my favourite Hublot

    • Bilal Khan

      Same.

  • Gadgety

    I’ve just realized that I’d like ABTW to include information on the weight of the watches, and even more so for watch bracelet combinations. The visual aspects I can gather from the text, and even more from the great photography. However feel is a different matter and influenced by weight.

    • Ariel Adams

      We’d have to carry around a little scale for that purpose since brands typically don’t have such information as part of their printed technical spec materials.

  • SuperStrapper

    The new bracelet is amazing but the new case is not. It’s got too much mall watch personality for the level of credibility is has, the previous 42mm case with fusion materials is far more attractive.
    I would say this is a #metoo watch but I guess Hublot still doesn’t have an integrated steel watch.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Hublot did get pretty abused and a lot of vitriol but mostly rightly so not quite a #metoo contender.

  • Agnar Sidhu

    The bracelet is a clear improvement, but the case sides and open dial I don’t really like…

  • The date wheels are quite interesting…

  • PR

    I think it’s a killer start, hoping they release a mixed material version with a closed dial soon. That bracelet looks incredibly comfy and well made. Too bad about the price.

  • hatster

    …just a little too much exposed metal for my taste. But of all their watches, I like this one the best. Perhaps finding an alternative way for presenting the logo might improve it a little more. I am sure this will be popular, even at that price…….

  • egznyc

    I cannot believe I’m saying this but I could actually imagine wearing this watch. I’m not about to BUY one, however … ;-).

    • Berndt Norten

      Talk to me
      Tell me your sign
      You switching over from your Panerai?
      Hublot lit a fuse in your heart
      And it burns. Yeah baby.

      Big Bang! Big Bang!
      O baby how you move, you move
      Your movement is so very fine
      I gots to let my backbone slide

      I’m wasted by the way it moves
      No Hublot ever looked so fine
      It reminds me that a CEO only got one thing on his mind

      • DanW94

        Well you’re priced like a car
        You’ve got a HUBLOT diamond star bezel
        You’re priced like a car, oh yeah
        Well you’re an entitled youth
        That’s the truth with a pocket full of gold eagles
        You’re douchy, lame and you’re a fool
        Big Bang a gong, put it on
        Big Bang a gong, put it on

    • Berndt Norten

      I have a friend with a Hublot. They get a lot of ridicule on this site but some of them are attractive. My only gripe is the price, but what else is new?

  • NaJo

    Another brick watch… not a cup of my tea…

  • Mark B

    My prediction. In ten years, all watches will look like Royal Oak.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Better than an Oyster I suppose.

      Shame they don’t aspire to AL&S or Laurent Ferrier…

  • Pedro Lambareiro

    At least is titanium, which can take a beating in a brushed iteration.

  • spice

    Nice improvement but not convinced about the longevity of resin parts in a 20K+ watch.

    • Berndt Norten

      You really do own that Hublot.
      You’re just looking after it for yourself ?

  • Ulysses31

    It’s definitely an improvement. I don’t like superfluous details that much. Gone are some of the more unnecessary screws. The pointless “ears” have been pinned back and are less stupid-looking. The goofy sci-fi bracelet release button is gone, for obvious reasons. Curiously, the bezel screws are all aligned in this model. Perhaps not perfectly, but still; certain people will probably be pleased by that. I’d say this is a good move and has the potential to give rise to a whole line of Porthole watches I might actually find desirable.

  • Piero

    Thanks to the integrated bracelet this is the less ugly Hublot.

  • Nateb123

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb403822e1739ec2cf01687fea1b183c8e876a93835c3324d3eecc0cadb68343.jpg I love the bracelet but that’s probably because it’s an extremely faithful reproduction of the JB Champion one that got affixed to a ton of funky stuff in the 70s. The later Zenith Big Blues, Zodiac Olympos SST (with blue resin centre links), and the Longines (Super)Compressors that recently got re-released all come to mind. Plus I think the bracelet looks better on this Hublot which has a hefty enough watch head to balance out all that metal on the wrist.

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