BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Hublot and Maxime Plescia-Buchi have been working together for well over 6 years now. Three new variations of the Big Bang Sang Bleu II are recently added to the Sang Bleu collection. Those who are unaware, Maxime Plescia-Buchi is a renowned Swiss tattoo artist and as a result, the visual aesthetics of the watch is heavily in-tune with his tattoo art and the creative innovation is evident in the aesthetics of the timepieces. The watches are constructed with materials not normally used in watchmaking, Hublot used Magic Gold and Ceramic for the construction of these watches, best known for their inherent scratch resistance.
Ref 418.MX.1103.RX.MXM22, the Magic Gold variant, is the first watch in the Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II series. Hublot designed and trademarked Magic Gold, the world’s very first scratch-resistant 18-karat gold alloy, and this edition comes in an 18K polished Magic Gold case.
The Green Ceramic version, Ref 418.GX.5207.RX.MXM22, comes next, followed by the Black Magic version, Ref 418.CX.1107.RX.MXM22. The ceramic utilized in the production of this variant is Hublot’s innovative Ceramic material, which is significantly tougher than ordinary ceramic. To put this in context, regular ceramic has a hardness of 1200 Vickers however, the ceramic utilized in this piece has a hardness of 1500 Vickers.
The case size is the same for all three variants which measure 45mm x 16.5mm. Offering the water-resistance of 10 ATM (100 m), the case is satin-finished and polished in all but the Magic Gold variant which is polished but doesn’t feature a satin-finish, at least not on the front.
The skeleton dial and a transparent case back reveal the HUB1240 movement, which is a self-winding movement with a flyback chronograph function and comes with a column wheel. Ticking at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h), it offers an etiquette of 72 hours power reserve.
The Magic Gold and Black Magic variants feature a black rubber strap, while the Green Ceramic variant has a green rubber strap. All of the straps have a black ceramic Sang Bleu deployant buckle clasp. The Magic Gold variant is limited to 100 pieces and with MSRP of 39,900CHF, the Black Magic variant is limited to 250 pieces and priced at 25,900CHF while the Green ceramic variant is limited to 200 pieces and with the retail price of 25,900CHF as well.
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