March 3, 2011
by Ariel Adams
Last year Hublot released their first watch with a colored sapphire crystal. The crystal itself was tinted red on the very cool Hublot King Power F1 Monza watch. It was shared with me that more tinted crystals watches would come. Hublot is thus far sticking with red, but more colors will come soon – no doubt. Here for you is the Hublot Big Bang Red Magic collection for 2011 – that sport red tinted sapphire crystals, as well as the Hublot Big Bang All Black Green watches for 2011. I thought it was neat to put the red and green watches together.
Less wild (and expensive) than the F1 Monza watch, the Red Magic models feel like baby versions in the chronograph variants. Hublot will offer 41mm wide and 44mm wide Big Bang Red Magic Chronograph models, as well as a 48mmm wide Big Bang King Red Magic dive watch style case.
Hublot offers the collection in matte ceramic cases which is really neat. So these cases aren’t just colored metal. Metal comes in for the screws (which are titanium) and the pusher which have steel and rubber. I thought it was interesting that even the case backs of the watches were ceramic.
Right now also marks the time when Hublot is still really proud about the opening of their Place de Vendome boutique in Paris. It isn’t easy getting a store open on the prestigious street, and Hublot will be celebrating the fact for a while. If you look closely on the back of the Big Bang King Red Magic watch, you’ll see a special Hublot logo, as well as a “Vendome Collection” label. This might be a model only sold in that store, or is part of Hublot’s larger line of “Vendome Collection” watches that it will be pushing in 2011.
Then there is the Hublot Big Bang All Black Green watches that are pretty nifty. While they don’t have the tinted sapphire crystals, they are sort of the green versions of the Red Magic watches. Like the Red Magic watches, the All Black Green ones will be in black matter ceramic cases. There will be a few versions as well, including a 44mm wide Big Bang Chronograph All Black Green, as well as a 48mm wide Big Bang King Diver All Black Green. What is different is that each of those models will have a jewelry style version where the bezels have either all baguette tsavorite stones or tsavorite and diamonds. Bling bling!
You already pretty much know these watches aside from the colors and materials. Inside are automatic base ETA movements that have been modified by Hublot and have special tungsten carbide automatic rotors. The straps are “alligator gummy” that combine alligator and rubber. I personally like all of these watches a lot. I think they are really fashionable, and I like the statement they make. It is very hard to pull off a green watch, but Hublot was able to do it here by combining the color with matte black ceramic. Look for these pieces soon.