Hublot unveiled the Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire that features a new integral bracelet and case custom-made from sapphire.
For such an exceptional creation, we opted for the new Automatic Tourbillon calibre with its sapphire bridges, the transparency of which creates a stunning spectacle. The act of creating an integrated case and bracelet from sapphire was, however, deemed impossible. But we were the first brand to gain perfect mastery of sapphire, industrialising it and making it reproducible in series production. It took us five years to bring our first sapphire cases to life – and almost as long for the bracelet. Producing both from sapphire and integrating them together is the pinnacle of the in-depth work undertaken by all of Hublot’s teams. We are proud to be the ones writing the first lines in this new chapter in the history of materials. – Ricardo Guadalupe, HUBLOT CEO
The case of the new Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire has been reconstructed to incorporate the Automatic Tourbillon movement. In this way the watchmaker wanted to get rid of almost all of the visible screws, overhaul the general geometry of the case to integrate it with the sapphire bracelet, develop a new case profile to house the sapphire bracelet, and rework the bridges and main plates to make them appear suspended in space. The case is thus composed of 37 components, five of which are made solely from sapphire.
The bracelet comprises 165 components, 22 of which are made from sapphire. Each component had its own industrial process. A third of these were specially designed to offer flexibility. The titanium inserts were ultra-reduced to ensure they do not protrude either side of each bracelet link.
The watch is powered by the HUB6035 automatic manufacture calibre, entirely designed and manufactured in-house. It displays a perfect balance between the micro-rotor at 12 o’clock and the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and also with its three transparent sapphire bridges, exclusive to this new Big Bang. For the first time, light enters the movement of the watch from all directions.