Hublot Channels Its Inner Alchemist With Spirit Of Big Bang Gold Crystal
With its art of fusion, Hublot never had a problem channeling its inner alchemist. This is an intricate part of their DNA, and it becomes particularly apparent with watches like the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal, which the brand launched last year. The all-black watch was decorated on the dial with gold crystals, offering a bold and irresistible contrast. Today Hublot is launching the next chapter, incorporating the gold crystal in the Spirit of Big Bang.
Thanks to a unique process, Hublot has been able to recreate the natural crystallization process in great detail. It starts with pure, 24-carat gold, which they heat to the point that it is evaporating at a scorching 1064.18 degrees Celcius. The gold has now become a vapor, which Hublot brings back into its solid state by suddenly and rapidly cooling it down. This results in the gold particles crystalizing and interlock with each other in an angular structure. As this is always at random, no two crystals is alike. Hublot is hand-selecting the most fitting and perfect, with less than 20% of all crystals making the cut, to incorporate those on the dial of the Spirit of Big Bang. They are applied by an expert craftsman to the black dial of the watch and then coated with twenty (!) layers of transparent lacquer to create a smooth and uniform dial.
Saying that the rest of the watch serves as a canvas for the gold crystals is not doing justice to this Spirit of Big Bang. Hublot went again for an all-black watch, which makes this model look very understated. The tonneau-shaped case is made from ceramic and is available in both 39mm as well as 42mm diameter. Inside ticks Caliber HUB1710, which is based on the Zenith Elite 670, one of the most outstanding automatic movements available. The finishing touch is provided by a black alligator strap stitched on a rubber lining for optimum wearing comfort.