-Hublot replica watches opens up to full transparency with its pre-Basel announcement of a sapphire crystal-cased Big Bang in a limited run of 500.
If there’s one accusation regularly levelled at Hublot, it’s over the sheer volume of limited editions it produces, nullifying the idea that a limited edition is that much more exclusive and therefore that much more special. Well, here’s one Hublot limited edition – 500 pieces are being produced worldwide – that really is exclusive: a watch that is virtually see-through. Behold the Replica Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire watches.
Back in 2012 Richard Mille produced the first fake watches for men cased in sapphire crystal – a run of five RM 056 models that were priced at around £1 million, with cases that were reportedly so tough to mill from solid blocks of crystal that they broke several very expensive machines in the process. A few more Richard Mille replica watches have followed since, while in January this year Hublot showed us something rather remarkable – a version of the La Ferrari mega watch with a crystal case, milled into a remarkable and pristine bubble around the frankly insane movement.
But for Basel the brand will be presenting the most extensive run of sapphire-cased watches yet, having worked with a Swiss-based specialist to create the necessary parts. The three parts of the case – bezel, middle and back – are all cut from blocks of sapphire, while the screws, deployant buckle and crown made from titanium, the latter over-moulded with silicon. The lugs are made from a transparent composite resin.
Encased in the silicon is Hublot’s Unico chronograph movement, in a look that gives new meaning to the phrase “open worked”. Though Hublot makes no mention of it in the press release, looking closely at the picture below suggests that even the hands and markings themselves are transparent, and decorated with lume – indeed, the mens Hublot replica watches may well be easier to read in the dark than in daylight.