The Hublot 500 Big Bang Unico Sapphire has been cut straight from sapphire but without losing the unique characteristics of the gem. In all, it’s a stunning watch.
Following on from the MP05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire project, Hublot is capitalizing on the challenge encountered on that project met and is using its expertise in sapphire cutting to create a series of 500 pieces, which in itself is a first.The case middle, bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are cut from blocks of sapphire, a material which is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond—9 on the Mohs scale as opposed to 10 for diamond.
Only a few components of the watch are made from titanium: the screws, the crown, which is over-molded with silicon, and the deployant buckle. The skeleton dial is made from transparent resin, and reveals all the gears of the proprietary Unico HUB1242 movement and its finishes.Complementing its ethereal silhouette, its strap is also transparent so that it appears invisible when worn. Available as a 500-piece limited edition, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire is water-resistant to 50 meters.