The development of the Big Bang was a turning point in the history of Hublot. Every aspect of the model represents founder Carlo Crocco's unique and unwavering vision for a breath of fresh air in the world of watch design. The Big Bang is instantly recognizable for the iconic porthole-shaped case that gives the brand its name, and its inventive rubber strap that’s become a trademark of the brand. Buying a Hublot Big Bang watch means owning an avant-garde and important piece of watchmaking history. Explore our unique selection of exceptional used Hublot Big Bang watches for sale.
When Carlo Crocco first began conceptualizing the Hublot brand in the 1970’s, he had a clear and distinct vision—from the iconic porthole-shaped case for which the brand is named to the inventive rubber strap that has become a hallmark of the brand. In 2004, Jean-Claude Biver joined the brand with a mission to take it to the next level by returning to the 1970’s roots on which Hublot was founded. A year later, the Big Bang was born, and a whole new world opened up for Hublot.
The Big Bang is the modern embodiment of those characteristics that first defined Hublot—the porthole-shaped case and the rubber strap—but reimagined in a bold yet comforting way. The Big Bang was a breath of fresh air for the brand while still being recognizably Hublot.
After the debut of the Big Bang, Hublot was thrust to the forefront of the industry. The watch received the coveted award for Best Design at the famous Grand Prix d’Horologerie de Genève. Biver knew Hublot needed to ride the momentum and elevate the brand even further, so he expanded the Big Bang collection by offering new materials and complications.
As the Big Bang collection flourished, Hublot continued to push the limits of the “art of fusion” concept, which is simply the combination of unlikely materials. By abandoning the classic watch materials, like gold, platinum, and stainless steel, Hublot opened up new possibilities for the Big Bang, like exciting color combinations from “Black Lemon” to “Tutti Frutti.”
In 2015, Hublot celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Big Bang with the addition of three new models. These included the Unico Full Magic Gold, the Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator Full Magic Gold, and the Unico 10 Years Haute Joaillerie. The Unico Full Magic Gold features the in-house Unico movement and the brand’s unique scratch resistant 18-karat gold. The Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator Full Magic Gold is the first tourbillon in the new generation Big Bang line. Lastly, the Unico 10 Years Haute Joaillerie collection includes ten watches in four different versions: black, white, blue, and ruby. They feature 653 precious stones in the corresponding colors, totaling to over 40-carats per watch. Each model retailed for a whopping $1 million.
A year later in 2016, Hublot built on the Unico variations of the Big Bang with the Big Bang Unico Sapphire. As the name suggests, the model houses the brand’s prestigious Unico movement. However, what really sets this model apart is its innovative construction. It features a three-part case, bezel, and caseback composed entirely of sapphire crystal, which marks an industry first.
2018 brought about several new iterations of the Big Bang. Hublot continued the sapphire concept with the Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire. In addition, they released the Big Bang Unico red, the very first watch with a red ceramic case. Lastly, they launched the Big Bang Unico Golf in partnership with pro-golfer Dustin Johnson. The model debuts a new complication that helps the wearer keep score of a game of golf.
Hublot continues to build on their avant-garde and one-of-a-kind concepts today. In 2020, they introduced the Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic. The model features the brand’s coveted HUB 9011 14-day movement, encased in red ceramic for the first time. Also in 2020, they debuted the Big Bang Integral, showcasing an all-new integrated bracelet design.
Now, for over fifteen years, the Big Bang has been a revolution in watchmaking. In the years to come one thing is certain: the Big Bang will continue to evolve in a way no watch has before.
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