Until this year, Hublot had experimented with ceramic as a material for a few crowns, some bezel and possibly a pusher. But this time, the brand, for the first time, has used ceramic in a Minute Repeater, and it’s on the all-new Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater.
Ceramic, as a material, is an extremely hard to machine and finish, hence Hublot being able to pull off creating such a high-complication timepiece is commendable and adds a feather to the brand’s cap. Apart from the manufacturing expertise required in shaping the watch, adding colours to ceramic is not an easy task. It requires an immense amount of exceptional precision in firing to obtain the perfect shade. About the sound offered by the movement and the water resistance of the ceramic case, the timepiece offers exceptional quality, while also marking the Hublot ingenuity in using this material.
“Being the first, different and unique has never been truer than for this Big Bang Integral Minute Repeater Ceramic. The first ceramic minute repeater in the world, the first Integral Big Bang in black ceramic, the first with a tourbillon: Hublot is pushing the limits of fine watch making far, very far. But as always, we do not see it as a zenith: it is a milestone which, in turn, will open up new horizons leading us to other horological explorations,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
The Big Bang Integral Minute Repeater Ceramic comes in a 43mm ceramic case structure available in two versions: black and white. Belonging to the family of the Big Bang Integral, it features the same design DNA. Apart from a minute repeater function, the watch is also home to a tourbillon complication powered by the in-house MHUB801 calibre providing 80 hours of power reserve.
Hublot presents 36 pieces of the Big Bang Integral Minute Repeater Ceramic, that is 18 pieces in black ceramic and 18 in white ceramic.
To know more about the watch, visit the Hublot website here.
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