Gold plated or Rhodium plated (depending on the model) skeletonized hands point to gold- or rhodium-plated appliques printed in pink, blue, purple or green. The Hublot logo serves as the counter balance for a long, slim centered chronograph counter. A chronograph is essentially a stopwatch often used in races and other timed sporting events. Once the button above the crown is pushed, the seconds hand will start its revolution around the dial. Every revolution will be recorded as a minute on the 30 minute sub dial. Discretely nestled between the 4 and 5 ‘o’clock is a date aperture.
Purple, blue, pink or green composite resin bezel lugs coordinate in color with the alligator strap stitched to an underlying hypoallergenic rubber strap. The yellow gold models are secured to the wrist by an 18k 3N yellow gold deployant clasp and the stainless steel models bare a stainless steel clasp.
The four models are all automatic chronographs powered by a HUB 4300, which is really a Valjoux 7750 movement tweaked for Hublot. The movement is equipped with a 42 hour power reserve enabling the watch to keep on ticking for almost two days after removing the watch from the wrist. Making this watch collection even more coveted is a limited edition of 200 per model. The number of the watch out of 200 is engraved on the case back.
The Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Collection exudes a confident elegance. Of course, a timepiece has no emotions, but Jean-Claude Biver, former CEO of Hublot, always stresses the emotional response a watch provides to a wearer. If a timepiece triggers an emotion of confidence and well-being, chances of a purchase being made are greatly increased.
The Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Collection is reminiscent of the pop art culture most prolific in the 60’s and 70’s; however, judging from the price tags attached to Andy Warhol’s creations, the enthusiasm for this type of art is reaching a resounding crescendo. Although Andy Warhol passed on in 1987, his creations are coloring the future. This brings to mind one of Andy Warhol’s famous quotes:
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975)
And change things he did.
The Pop Art Collection timepieces is water resistant to 100 meters. The price for the stainless steel models is $25,200 and the price for the rose gold model is $42,900. hublot.com