Hublot Has Released Two New Watches that Showcase a Full Spectrum of Colors
In partnership with The Hour Glass, the Big Bang collection welcomes two gem-set watches that are decorated with a rainbow of hues, not shying away from the bling. While it’s not uncommon to see a range of colored gemstones in women’s jewelry watches, it wasn’t until Rolex introduced a rainbow-hued, sapphire-studded bezel on its Cosmograph Daytona in 2012 that the trend truly took off among serious watch collectors. Since then, the industry has been buzzing with joyous palettes, with brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Ulysse Nardin, H Moser, and more offering rainbow-inspired designs in 2022 alone.
Hublot, in particular, has become a master of the trend. The brand has used rainbow hues on almost every part of their watches, including leather straps, bezels, gold cases, carbon fiber cases, numerals, subdials, whole dials, and even on moving parts. In 2021, the brand extended the use of rainbow stones to the bracelet with the Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Rainbow, which was incredibly popular. This year, the brand has released two new watches in the Big Bang collection, the Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow and Big Bang Integrated Time Only Rainbow, which were first unveiled at LVMH Watch Week.
Both watches are adorned with an array of precious stones, including rubies, amethysts, blue topazes, tsavorites, as well as pink, orange, blue, and yellow sapphires, and are set in the bezel, case, and bracelet in large quantities – 942 for the Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow and 924 for the Big Bang Integrated Time Only Rainbow, to be exact. Unlike the Integrated Tourbillon Rainbow, which used only baguette-cut stones, these two models feature a combination of baguette and round-cut stones for a slightly more subtle effect, allowing more of Hublot’s King Gold to shine through.
Crafting these watches is no easy feat, as it requires painstaking attention to detail to set all the stones at the exact same height and angle, and to carefully source the stones for their color and size to achieve a smooth gradation from the bezel to the lugs and each individual link. The indexes are colored to match the bezel, while the hands remain white for legibility against the black, open-worked movements. The Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow is powered by the Unico MHUB1280 self-winding column wheel chronograph movement with a power reserve of three days, while the Big Bang Integrated Time Only Rainbow is powered by the automatic MHUB1710 and offers a date display at 6 o’clock, despite the watch name. It has a power reserve of 50 hours, water resistance of 100m, and a surprisingly slim profile of 9.25mm.
While Hublot only joined in on the rainbow fun in 2017, the brand certainly knows how to make bold statements, and these new watches are no exception. With either of these dazzling watches on your wrist, you can make a statement that’s as colorful as it is stylish.
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