At the upcoming Baselworld 2018 we’ll get to see the first red ceramic watch, courtesy of Hublot and their materials workshop. One more timepiece to integrate the “Big Bang” collection, this time with a touch of “Red Magic”.
So, why is this a first of any sorts?… Well it turns out that ceramic material doesn’t render satisfying results in all color hues. We’ve all seen many black or white toned ceramic watches, but not many from the rest of the color spectrum. Colors such as blue and brown have been finding their way to the market, we currently have the limited edition “Hublot Big Bang Blue Ceramic” (Ref#: 301.EI.5190.RB) in stock here.
But, red had provened to be a color that was particularly too light to be utilized satisfactorily in traditional ceramic case-baking processes, due to resulting in discolored and blotchy finishes. Although it seems Hublot has managed to overcome this “red” challenge, via various trial and error experiments at their materials lab in Switzerland. Hublot actually released a one-of-a-kind unique piece for the “Only Watch” charity auction, which featured a red ceramic bezel, the “Hublot Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon” (Ref#: 505.CI.0140.LR.OWM13) back in 2013.
The 45mm case is made of the novel aforementioned red ceramic with a polished finish and “magic gold”. Hublot Research & Development department developed “magic gold”, which is 300 vickers harder than standard zirconium dioxide ceramic materials. Their Metallurgy & Materials laboratory invented and patented the magic formula to create these vibrant color ceramics.This newly developed ceramic is quite dense, boasting a hardness of 1500 HVI compared to the HV2 of conventional ceramics, which is an extremely resilient material.
Mounted to the case is a red ceramic bezel secured by exposed titanium screws. Also comes equipped with two black colored push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions with a setting-crown in between them. Topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with keeping water-resistance on this watch able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a skeletonized matte red dial with a mixture of red applique Arabic numerals and hour index markers. An inner red flange ring has black printed minute index markers with Arabic numerals for every five-minute increment. There are also two sub-dials: a 60-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. Also includes a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position, cutting into the sub-dial with the calendar ring of numerals being visible via the spaces of the skeletonized dial all around.
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic Ceramic
This “Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic Ceramic” (Ref#: 411.CF.8513.RX) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber HUB 1242 with 38 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Equipped with a flyback chronograph with a column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black and red rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a quick-removable titanium deployant clasp. This is a limited edition watch with only 500 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Hublot website here.
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