The Hublot Big Bang was the brainchild of savvy marketer Jean-Claude Biver. Launched in 2005, its burly case, extroverted personality and fusion of different materials have consolidated the Big Bang as the brand’s flagship model. Last year, the Big Bang welcomed a sibling known as the Square Bang Unico, with, as you have intuited, a square case. During Watches & Wonders 2023, Hublot unveils three new editions of the Square Bang Unico in black and white ceramic cases and an impressive transparent sapphire crystal case.
Judging by the popularity of the Square Bang, taking the genetic traits of the Big Bang and reallocating them inside a square-shaped case seems to have worked. All the manifest personality quirks of the Big Bang are featured on the Square Bang: the six H-shaped titanium screws in the bezel, the modular sandwich construction of the case with its lateral protective bumpers, rubber-clad chrono pushers and crown, and the mandatory ‘fusion’ of high-tech materials. Although the press pictures don’t reveal this detail, it would seem that the pushers of the sapphire case do have a protective rubber coating, but the crown does not.
The new Square Bang trilogy has slightly smaller dimensions than the 2022 models, and the water-resistance has been decreased from 100m to 50m. With its 41mm diameter and thickness of 12mm (compared to the 42mm x 14.5mm of 2022 models), the ergonomic case is now reworked in three flavours – black ceramic, white ceramic and sapphire crystal. The ceramic cases feature contemporary microblasted surfaces combined with polished bevels, while the contours of the sapphire crystal case are polished.
The openworked dial offers a partial view of the mechanics, including the column wheel in an aperture at 6 o’clock and an entirely exposed date wheel. With a running seconds ring at 9 o’clock and a sapphire disc at 3 o’clock for the 60-min chronograph register (tinted in the two ceramic models), the date window magically materialises beneath the chrono register at the 15-minute position. The indices are applied to a peripheral flange and, like all the hands – except for the central chronograph seconds – are treated with Super-LumiNova. The central chronograph seconds has a Hublot logo-shaped counterweight and a skeletonised oblong tip.
The curved ergonomic caseback reveals Hublot’s HUB1280 Unico manufacture automatic flyback chronograph calibre with a column wheel. With a frequency of 4Hz/28,800vph, the 354-part movement delivers a robust 72-hour power reserve.
The new Hublot Square Bang models are fitted with structured rubber straps and a titanium deployant clasp. Hublot’s simple One Click interchangeable system makes it possible to personalise the watch.
Availability & Price
The Hublot Square Bang Sapphire model is a limited edition of 250 pieces and retails for CHF 90,000. The black ceramic and white ceramic models join Hublot’s Shaped Collection as permanent members and retail for CHF 24,900. More information at Hublot.com.
Technical specifications – Hublot Square Bang Unico
Case: 41mm diameter x 12mm thickness – modular construction in sapphire crystal, black ceramic or white ceramic – 6 H-shaped titanium screws in bezel – rubber-clad chronograph pushers and crown – 50m water-resistance
Dial : openworked – 60-min chronograph counter at 3 o’clock (tinted sapphire for ceramic versions) – running seconds ring at 9 o’clock – date window at 3 o’clock – applied indices on peripheral flange and hands treated with Super-LumiNova – central chronograph seconds hand with open oblong tip and Hublot counterweight
Movement: calibre HUB1280 – in-house, automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel – 354 components, 43 jewels – 28,800vph/4Hz – 72h power reserve – hours, minutes, running seconds, chronograph
Strap: structured rubber straps with One Click interchangeable strap system
References: 821.JX.0120.RT sapphire crystal case
821.HX.0170.RX white ceramic case
821.CI.0170.RX black ceramic case
Availability: sapphire crystal model limited edition of 250 pieces – black and white ceramic models join permanent collection
Price: CHF 90,000 sapphire crystal
CHF 24,900 black or white ceramic