With deep roots in art and a keen eye on modernity, Hublot has been highly successful in marrying hyper-tech materials with their watchmaking tradition, and they never seem to run out of ideas.
The latest Hublot venture is a collaboration with Italia Independent, the design studio led by creative entrepreneur Lapo Elkann, who is a permanent fixture on international best dressed men’s lists. The partnership has resulted in a Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Blue, and the very fashionable and trendy timepiece has been made possible with the application of Hublot’s Texalium.
The exclusive material is a new composite resulting from the combination of carbon fibre and aluminium, which enables it to be made into any hue you want. Our featured watch is coloured with blue indigo Texalium on the upper layer that accentuates the carbon fibre.
It has a matte, dark blue dial with counters and Arabic numeral and index hour markers in azure blue, a feature that’s repeated on the hands, all coated with luminescent in corresponding colours. This is matched with a designer titanium-studded denim insert on a dark blue rubber strap. The movement inside is a Unico automatic mechanical movement with flyback and column wheel.
Each watch comes with a matching pair of sunglasses.
First published in Esquire Singapore's November 2015 issue.