The team called it the Big Bang, and the idea was to use materials that wouldn’t ordinarily appear together, such as gold and rubber, ceramic and steel, and even magnesium and titanium.Every iconic timepiece tells a story. Ten years ago, Jean-Claude Biver, now the President of Hublot, came up with an idea for a watch based around his ‘Fusion’ concept.
Today, the Big Bang has become Hublot’s flagship collection.The project was an overnight success. When Hublot unveiled the first Big Bang model, the Big Bang Gold Ceramic, at Baselworld in April 2005, orders increased three-fold compared with the previous year.
The Hublot Design Prize, launched in Paris earlier this week, will see a number of young designers submit work from their chosen field to a panel of judges, with the hope of scooping Hublot’s exclusive award and gaining public recognition.On the occasion of the Big Bang’s 10th anniversary, Hublot has launched a competition to unearth a new talented independent designer.
To do so, they’ll have to impress a panel of judges. Pierre Keller, Lapo Elkann, Ronan Bouroullec, Marva Griffin Wilshire and Professor Dr Peter Zec are all world-renowned experts in their fields of contemporary design, and it’ll be up to them to choose their favourite designer in June. The prize of €100,000 will be awarded to the winner during Tokyo Design Week in October.
At Watches of Switzerland, we’re long-time Hublot partners and stock a selection of Big Bang timepieces aimed at ladies and gents. For the latter, the Big Bang Aero Bang Steel brings together a steel 44mm case with a black ceramic bezel. Its matte black dial is skeletonised to reveal Hublot’s automatic chronograph movement. Like all Big Bang models, the watch features the brand’s signature porthole design (Hublot translates as ‘porthole’ from French). Yours for ￡13,700.
At 38mm, Hublot’s Big Bang Steel White Diamonds is for ladies who like to make a statement. Cast in polished and satin-finished stainless steel and set with no fewer than 126 diamonds, this is a dazzling automatic ladies’ timepiece. A white rubber strap and water-resistance to 100m complete its sporty credentials. It’s ￡7,600.