Hublot & Maxime Plescia-Büchi doing another artistic collaboration with Hublot’s Big Bang Unico as a canvas. Hublot’s All Black concept has been etched in black ink like a blackout tattoo, consisting of covering parts of the body with black ink. Dubbed as Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II All Black, this watch comes with full three-dimensional geometry.
Its ceramic material was injected with black, polished and satin-finished, angled and faceted, revealing an interplay of light and shade in its relief. An iconic monochrome which is now indelible with the touch of the talented grapho-typo-tattoo-genius.
The “All Black” concept of working with the same black in a tone on tone style, conceived by Hublot in 2006, was a groundbreaking vision set to become an iconic signature: “Invisible visibility”.
Perhaps coincidentally, 2006 was also the very year in which Maxime Plescia-Büchimade black ink his signature medium for expression. In the spirit of blackout tattooing, the abstract geometrical shapes which he would usually draw directly onto the skin are fully black and here cover the body of the watch with a black which is both deep and symbolic.
Just as demanding as this fully black ink, requiring even greater precision and skill on the part of the artist, the monochromatic material used here also demands perfection. On a case measuring 45mm in diameter, cut from black ceramic and black PVD-coated titanium
The master tattooist alternates and superimposes hexagons, diamonds and triangles, measuring the time from the bezel to the HUB1240 Unico manufacture self-winding chronograph movement, visible under a skeletonised dial and an open case back. The HUB1240 UNICO manufacture self-winding chronograph comes with a flyback function with column wheel and has 72 hours of power reserve.
This monochrome watch loses nothing of its dimensional effect, quite the opposite in fact, the play of polygons created by the tattooist is highlighted in the light reflecting directly off the polished and satin-finished material, which is carved and chiselled, angled and faceted.