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Hublot at Watches and Wonders 2024: Stunning Materials Meet Even Better Design

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Hublot has gone all out for Watches and Wonders 2024, releasing a remarkable array of timepieces that contain exciting new colours, innovative materials, and movements of such impressively singular design that they couldn’t possibly have come from anyone else. Below, we’ve collected our favourite pieces from Hublot’s showing in Geneva, revealing a brand that continues to forge its own path and producing some of the most intriguing, surprising, and downright stunning watches you’ll see all year. 

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Water blue Sapphire

  • Reference: 911.JL.0129.RX
  • Diameter: 45.00 mm
  • Movement Type: HUB9011 
  • Power Reserve: 14 days
  • Water resistance: 30m
  • Limited Edition: 50 pieces
  • Price: CHF155,000

Six years after it was first introduced, the MP-11 continues to define the place where technical wizardry and visual splendour meet. With this innovative and radiant new variation, Hublot has crafted a timepiece that retains the series’ seven barrels and 14-day power reserve, now encased in an incredible ‘Water Blue’ sapphire for the first time ever. 

This stunning shade is made possible thanks to a new chemical formula, a custom development, and an exclusive transparency index, honed over years of rigorous research and testing. The final result boasts sapphire’s signature properties of brilliance and luminosity, while remaining impressively resistant to knocks and scratches. 

The innovation of the MP-11 is legendary and will remain so — a power reserve of 336 hours will never not be an achievement worth celebrating. Little wonder this watch’s sculptural construction bears the name  “Manufacture Piece”, having well and truly earned its position within Hublot’s esteemed MP collection.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Orange Ceramic

  • Reference: 441.CU.5910.RX
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement Type: HUB1280
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Water resistance: 100m
  • Limited Edition: 250 pieces
  • Price: CHF26,900

When you think of ceramic, there’s a good chance you think of basic shades like black, grey, or white, and that would be reasonable. After all, these have historically been the norm for this particular material. But then Hublot has never been a brand to stick to the norm, which is why it’s been experimenting with bold ceramic colours ever since 2019, when it introduced an incredible red, followed by a stunning yellow piece in 2021. Despite this, nothing could have prepared us for the launch Hublot’s new Big Bang Unico Orange Ceramic, which we’d argue is the brand’s boldest shade yet. 

While we won’t detail the extreme lengths Hublot had to go to in order to deliver a uniform colour of such vibrancy, suffice to say it requires an incredible amount of technical know-how, acquired through a painstaking process of research and development. 

It’s a fitting colour for a timepiece that deserves to be noticed. Limited to just 250 pieces, the Orange Ceramic boasts Hublot’s Unico Chronograph Manufacture calibre, offering a three-day power reserve (72 hours) and sporting everything you could want from a Big Bang Unico: the column wheel at 6 o’clock, a bicompax layout (small seconds at 9 o’clock, 60-minute counter at 3 o’clock with integrated date), silicon escapement, and the visually incredible skeleton architecture. 

Hublot Square Bang Unico Magic Gold & Ceramic Magic Gold

  • Reference: 821.MX.0130.RX / 821.CM.0130.RX
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement Type: UNICO 2 Manufacture Self-winding Chronograph
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Water resistance: 100m
  • Limited Edition: 200 pieces / N/A
  • Price: CHF38,900 / CHF28,900

What do you do when you want to add a touch of luxury (well, maybe more than a touch) to a timepiece that was intended from its inception to stand up to the knocks and scrapes that come with everyday wear? If you’re Hublot, you naturally reach for a pot of Magic Gold. 

This gold in question happens to be a patented and scratch-proof fusion of 24-karat gold and Hublot’s most high-tech ceramic, last deployed on the Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold as worn by Jono Castano. Frankly, before Hublot did the heavy lifting to make it happen, it was widely accepted that a scratch-proof gold was an impossibility. As is often the case, Hublot didn’t like being told what can’t be done. 

Here, the Magic Gold has been deployed to craft a pair of variations on the Square Bang, a timepiece that was initially brought to life with a titanium build. Now it’s been reimagined via these twin references, which retain the iconic signatures of that original vision: a solid square with rounded corners alongside a bezel punctuated with the six signature Big Bang screws. 

While every bit as similar as you would expect twins to be, these timepieces feature a subtle but important difference from one another via their cases; the Ceramic Magic Gold model pairs a case made from micro-blasted black ceramic with a Magic Gold bezel, while the limited-to-200-pieces Magic Gold model’s entire case is crafted from Hublot’s miracle material. Whichever you prefer, you might be onto something magic.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Sang Bleu Sapphire

  • Reference: 648.JX.0102.RT.MXM24
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement Type: HUB4700
  • Power Reserve: 50 hours
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Limited Edition: 100 pieces
  • Price: CHF130,000

A watch for tattoo enthusiasts if ever there was one, the Sang Bleu Sapphire is the culmination of Hublot’s eight-year collaboration with Maxime Plescia-Buchi, a celebrated typographer, tattooist, artist, and founder of the 360-degree design studio and brand consultancy Sang Bleu. Deploying polished sapphire crystal to craft a timepiece like none that’s come before it, this watch yet again sees Hublot blurring the lines between horology and art, the technological and the human.

With a design that’s reminiscent of a 3D tattoo—thanks to an abundance of overlaying hexagons, rhombuses and triangles that redraw forms and volumes—this timepiece is kept humming by the HUB4700 movement, a skeletonised automatic chronograph with a 50-hour power reserve and redesigned oscillating weight that’s redesigned in Sang Bleu’s signature style. While it may look intricately delicate, a process of 3D machining and over 100 hours of work means it’s almost as hard and scratch-resistant as a diamond — it rates a 9 on the Mohs scale, compared to 10 for diamonds. 

Speaking of diamonds, the Sang Bleu also comes in two high jewellery incarnations: White Gold (ref: 648.WX.9010.RX.9904.MXM24) and King Gold (ref: 648.OX.9010.RX.9904.MXM24), each of which boasts 243 stunning baguette-cut diamonds and retails for CHF360,000. Y’know, just in case the stunning sapphire model wasn’t premium enough. 

Hublot Big Bang Integrated Time Only 

  • Reference: Titanium (457.NX.1270.NX), Titanium Blue (457.NX.7170.NX), King Gold (457.OX.1280.OX), King Gold Blue (457.OX.7180.OX), Black Magic (457.CX.1270.CX), Blue Ceramic (457.EX.7170.EX)
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Movement Type: HUB1115
  • Power Reserve: 48 hours
  • Water resistance: 100m
  • Price: Titanium: CHF11,900, King Gold: CHF42,900, Black Magic / Blue Ceramic: CHF13,900

Hublot claims the Big Bang Integrated Time Only range represents the essence of the brand, and if by that it means the watches are finely crafted timepieces with the kind of signature features that make them instantly recognisable, well, we’d have to agree. But there’s more to it than that. By reintroducing an elegant 38mm diameter (down from 40mm), this reimagining of a classic reaffirms Hublot’s commitment to universal watchmaking (i.e. crafting watches that suit everyone). 

Those that embrace this will find a timepiece that reflects Hublot’s attention to the most precise details, including an integrated bracelet, total mastery of materials (titanium, gold, and ceramic), and an upgraded HUB1115 movement, which has seen welcome improvements both technically and aesthetically. While we’ll always have a love for 40mm timepieces, 38mm is really where it’s at right now. And with the new smaller-scale Big Bang Integrated Time Only, Hublot’s timing could not have been better. 

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ice Bang

  • Reference: 441.CK.1140.NR.HEC24
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement Type: HUB1280 
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Water resistance: 100m
  • Limited Edition: 100 pieces
  • Price: CHF21,900

Last but not least, we have the 2024 edition of the Big Bang Unico Ice Bang. With a rugged look that’s highly reminiscent of the original 2006 model, Hublot surely has a crowd-pleasing winner on its hands here. However, the tough-as-nails appearance of this timepiece actually belies an incredibly sophisticated flair for design. 

The superimposed and overlapping mechanics and numerals of the watch create a two-tone effect across the entire piece that’s entirely eye-catching. Under the sapphire crystal sits a matte black dial through which the viewer can see the column wheel of the watch’s HUB1280 Manufacture calibre; a self-winding flyback chronograph movement with a 72-hour power reserve. Plus, the calendar disc is highly visible as it moves beneath the watch’s hour indices, with the date appearing at 3 o’clock in the seconds counter.

With a black case of micro-blasted and polished ceramic that promises maximum comfort thanks to its lightweight, hypoallergenic, and stainless properties, the Big Bang Unico Ice Bang is another example of Hublot’s unquestionable devotion to material mastery, impeccable design, and being willing to take the path less travelled.