HIGHLY COMMENDED: Showstopper of the Year, Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire

Hublot caught the watch world’s attention with the unveiling of its MP05 LaFerrari Sapphire project in 2015, which housed its engine-inspired movement inside an oversized all sapphire case.

The project was really about demonstrating the company’s ability to work with sapphire, a skill that is now put to work in the creation of 500 Big Bang Unico Sapphire models cut straight from the gemstone.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, says it is a technical and creative marvel. “A transparent case that reveals the soul of the watch—the Unico movement – and an absolute transparency extending to the strap. The Big Bang is laying itself bare. It has nothing to hide and everything to show,” he says.

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The greatest achievement is managing to ramp up production of the all-sapphire 45mm cases to 500 units, the first time that sapphire has been cut on such a large scale.

The cases house a HUB 1242 UNICO Automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side.

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