Hublot are over halfway to completing the rainbow with their latest release as they now produce sapphire cases in no fewer than six colours. Meaning that if you have a favourite, there’s a good chance they’ve got you covered, especially if you like orange, because that’s the new addition to the line-up with the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire.
This is the world’s first ever translucent sapphire in orange and it’s definitely a striking piece to look at. The new colour has been achieved by adding a mixture of titanium and chromium during the complex manufacturing process. Like the majority of Big Bangs, it’s flashy and bright, not the type of watch to sit sedately on your wrist. It also marks the brand as a master at creating sapphires, with transparent, black, yellow, blue and red variants scattered throughout their collections.
The Orange Sapphire isn’t just a brash aesthetic makeover though, it’s actually a serious watch with some impressive credentials. The orange case houses an entirely new self-winding tourbillon movement, called the MHUB6035.
The new movement is visible through an open dial and your eye is instantly drawn to the tourbillon at six o’clock, echoed at the twelve o’clock position by the grey 22-karat gold micro-rotor. Any experts will no doubt have spotted what’s so special about this movement – the micro-rotor sits on the dial side, which required the entire movement to be reconfigured. Another note-worthy fact is that this is an automatic tourbillon; not quite as rare, but just as impressive.
To round out the technical specs, the dial and movement are supported by a trio of sapphire bridges and it has a 72-hour power reserve. All the intricate mechanics have been finished with a range of decoration including bevelling, sunray-brushing and sand-blasting, typical Hublot fare these days. The watch sits at a chunky 45mm by 15.3mm giving lots of surface area for the new case, which is matched by an orange rubber strap with titanium deployment clasp.
Personally, I’m impressed I got through this article without including a single orange themed pun. But in all seriousness, this watch is a peach. It’s bright, light-hearted and fun while also being an advanced piece of kit – exactly what we’ve come to expect from Hublot’s Big Bangs. However, this is definitely not a beginner model with a hefty £140,000 price and extreme limitation to just 50 pieces.
Price & Specs:
Model: Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire
Case/Dial: 45mm diameter x 15.3mm height, polished orange sapphire crystal with sapphire dial
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre MHUB6035, automatic, 26 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 72h (3 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Strap: Orange rubber with titanium deployment buckle clasp
Price/Availability: £140,000, limited to 50 pieces
More details at Hublot.