In keeping with its “Art of Fusion” philosophy of advanced materials and its bold ultramodern design ethos, Hublot has become a leading innovator in the use of colored high-tech ceramics since 2018. In this rapidly advancing field, not all colors are created equal, and for a long time, vibrant and powerful colors were impossible to attain for watch cases. Creating a vibrant and durable yellow (as well as red and blue) ceramic has proved one of Hublot’s greatest material challenges in the past few years. The brand has cracked the code as part of its 2021 Watches & Wonders lineup, bringing a sunny radiance to one of its cornerstone designs. The new limited-edition Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic offers a vivid, ultra-saturated take on the brand’s signature architecture for one of its most dramatic and eye-catching current offerings.
Naturally, the 42mm multi-part ceramic case is the visual centerpiece of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic. Keeping the angular, layered, integrated bracelet form of the Big Bang line intact, the titular Yellow Magic material adds a dimension of pure, fully saturated gloss yellow in initial images. Hublot claims this new ceramic has been in development for four years, with extensive internal research and development to create a truly bright yellow pigment that does not burn during the ceramic sintering process. The end result not only creates a lasting and truly pure yellow pigment, but the final material is also significantly harder than traditional ceramic case materials, with an overall hardness of 1350 HV (as opposed to the 1200 HV of common case ceramics). When contrasted with the matte black components of the mid-case, crown, pushers, and the Big Bang’s signature bezel screws, this yellow color scheme gives a sporty and defiantly bold edge to this already aggressive design. Hublot rates the case of the Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic at a solid 100 meters of water resistance.
The dial of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic follows the same skeleton pattern as previous Hublot Big Bang Unico models, with an aggressive stenciled theme that carries through both the mix of applied Arabic numerals and indices and the fully exposed date wheel. The subdials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock form a visual anchor for the rest of the floating skeleton assembly, with a nearly complete subdial surface and a clean pared-back outer ring, respectively. Hublot keeps the color scheme as cohesive as possible between the case and the dial through the use of black lume, as well as black finishing for the exposed skeleton bridges. This leaves elements like the date wheel, gear train, and column wheel to pop out from the backdrop, highlighting some of the movement’s mechanical complexity without becoming visually overwhelming.
The in-house HUB1280 automatic flyback chronograph movement inside the Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic is carried over from previous Big Bang Unico models. Performance for this intricately skeletonized movement is robust, with a 72-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Hublot finishes the watch with a matching integrated ridged strap in vibrant yellow and black rubber.
While expanding the rainbow of ceramic colors may seem simple to the uninitiated, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic showcases the cutting-edge of materials design with a bright and aggressive look.
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