The men’s fashion house Berluti and Swiss watchmaker Hublot have teamed up once again to present a new interpretation of the Big Bang Unico. They have combined fashion and watchmaking, leather and titanium, form and substance to create the new Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio. As with every collaboration between Hublot and Berluti, this edition will be limited to 100 models.
The polished titanium bezel of the new Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio features patinated Venezia leather. The same material dominates the dial, where the indices and words “Swiss Made” are gauffered directly on the surface. The leather is held between two pieces of sapphire glass, whose cut reveals the parts of the Unico movement. A special method was developed to encapsulate natural leather colors and crystallize them in time. The strap of the timepiece is available in two versions: one in burnished Aluminio Venezia leather; another in patinated Aluminio Venezia leather with the Scritto motif, exclusively for Japan.
One of Berluti’s signature patinas, aluminio transcribes the light onto the different tones of the Venezia leather.
For this model, Hublot created the new, two-part bezel design. With the help of a sticky, rigid resin, the first piece of the bezel, which is covered in leather and about 1 mm thick, is inserted onto the second piece, in grey titanium, and then screwed onto the case of the watch. This will allow the bezel to be patinated time, just like the strap.
The 44-mm case and the deployant clasp of the watch are made in titanium, the central horn is crafted using resin, tungsten was used for the oscillating weight, and satin-finished rhodium for the hands. The gears of the Unico movement, an authentic manufacture self-winding Flyback chronograph with three full days of power reserve, can be admired thanks to the cut of the two pieces of sapphire glass that hold the leather on the dial-side.
The Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio will be delivered in a special case with a travel pouch, and a shoehorn key ring with the Berluti logo.