When colours are combined, they lose their singularity. The Essential Grey collection was born of this premise: a single colour, a single model, once a year, through a single channel. It’s an approach that appeals both to the most discerning collectors, who make all the vintages their own, one after the other, to form a collection that’s as consistent as it is complete, and to the more occasional fans of the ‘Essential Grey’ line, who are aware of its recurrence and patiently await the arrival of the model that suits them perfectly.
This year, it’s Spirit of Big Bang’s turn to be part of the Essential Grey line. This historic collection, the only one in Hublot’s barrel shape, is made from 100% titanium, including the case, bezel, screws, crown, push-pieces, case-back and folding clasp. The idea is to use the chromatic properties of titanium, the soft, radiant grey that the Manufacturer wished to sandblast and grind, as a natural and obvious base for the Essential Grey version.
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For the occasion, the rubber strap has been matched, lined with black thread on the outer edge to mark the vanishing line. When it comes to the movement, Hublot has carefully treated all the components in the same way.
However, to preserve the timepiece’s legibility, the Manufacture has introduced very subtle variations to this Essential Grey, notably on the date disc (window at half-past four), on the chronograph counters (minutes at 3 o’clock, hours at 6 o’clock), while playing with the multiple finishes like mirror polished, drawn lines, graining, luminescent hour markers, rhodium-plated hands, and a play on the different levels of depth.
This approach ensures that all the indications on the dial are perfectly legible while enhancing the skeleton architecture of the HUB4700 Calibre. This automatic chronograph movement is cadenced at a high frequency of 5 Hz, or 36,000 vibrations per hour. It has a 50-hour power reserve. In this new iteration, the 42-mm case offers the Spirit of the Big Bang a vast field of expression.
The watch retains its two lateral push-pieces, and its crown provides water-resistance to 100 meters (10 ATM). And, as usual, the Spirit of Big Bang Essential Grey features the One-Click system. This allows you to change bracelets in a fraction of a second, without any tools. Available in two variations, grey grooved rubber and grey with a Velcro buckle and ceramic.
This model is online exclusive and only available via hublot.com.