Today, after almost 40 years of the launch of Hublot, the brand still strives to be the beacon of innovation and is redolent with technological advancements. Hublot launched a bunch of watches at the LVMH Watch Week 2020 organized at Dubai, UAE. Among these timepieces, one was the Big Bang Sang Bleu II in an all-new avatar. Brands these days are always in a witch hunt for exclusivity and originality. The Sang Bleu II is, in many ways, the definition of contemporary cool. Check out the marvel of these creations in all their glory.
The watch follows in the footsteps of the original Sang Bleu collection launched by Hublot in 2016 and the second generation of the timepiece released in 2019 with a chronograph feature. The new third-generation Sang Bleu emphasizes the playfulness of geometry and angles in watchmaking.
- Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ref. 418.OX.5108.RX.1604.MXM20
- Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ref. 418.NX.5107.RX.MXM20
- Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ref. 418.NX.5107.RX.1604.MXM20
- Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ref. 418.OX.5108.RX.MXM20
The Unico Sang Bleu II
As many would know, this watch is not just a flagship for Hublot but a benchmark for the entire luxury watch fraternity. Two of the new additions in the collection only have a different dial and strap colour to show for in the name of change. However, the other two are what resonate with the watchmaker’s peculiar idiosyncrasy. These are the Unico Sang Bleu II Pave available in Hublot’s very own King Gold as well as titanium. The 45 mm watches display an undeniable penchant for allure with their 220 diamonds studded bezels and HUB 1240 MXM self-winding Unico movement.
The case of the watch abandons the usual hexagonal structure that Hublot usually puts to use. The case has a central metal lip that seems to extend to the very end and meet the rubber strap at the extremities. The 6 H-shaped titanium screws are present and so are the two additional ones on the case appendages that extend to the rubber strap. The overall case design relies heavily on geometric shapes with alternating satin-brushed and polished finishes. The black rubber-coated crown is a nice touch to an overall exceptional timepiece.
When talking about the grandiose of watches, the dial plays an important role. In the case of the Sang Bleu II, the watch displays a skeletonized dial that employs multiple layers of three-dimensional geometric patterns to create a sense of depth. The complexity involved in the time reading process would surely take some amount of practice to get used to but it will all be worth it in the end. Comprehending the time on the sub-dials is a real challenge though and it might prove to be the ultimate test for any watch enthusiast.
The watch is obviously not designed as a high-precision chronograph. However, it does offer a great deal of functionality in the form of a chronograph. The second’s hand is central in nature and spans across the whole dial. Hours, as well as minutes, are displayed by arrow-shaped hands that are positioned on a kite-like structure. Coming to the earlier mentioned sub-dials, there are two. These are elegantly placed at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. The former displays elapsed minutes while the latter does a great job at featuring small seconds. The date display box is quite cleverly placed between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock.
The movement put inside the Big Bang Sang Bleu II 2020 is the Unico HUB 1240.MXM. The Hublot Manufacturer is an automatic Flyback chronograph calibre. The movement sprints at a 4 Hz or 28,800 VPH frequency and musters up a power reserve of up to 72 hours. The movement can also be seen through the dial as the hour and minute hands move along their routine course.
The titanium timepiece is launched as a 200-piece limited edition, whilst the King Gold variant is made available in a 100-piece limited edition.