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While you are doubtless still marvelling at the horological fireworks on display at SIHH 2014, the brands are starting to roll out their pre-Baselworld collections. Alpina will be showing the new Startimer Pilot Blackstar automatic chronograph from its professional pilot series.
The art of openworking (ajourées) is the key theme for Vacheron Constantin at SIHH 2014, and we have covered the immense intricacies of the procedure in earlier posts. This particular series from Vacheron’s Métiers d’Art collection is based on one of the stellar in-house movements, Calibre 4400.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon openworked model combines the tourbillon complication with the art of openworking, both of which were born at the dawn of the 19th century.
In 1912, seeking to make a clean break with the rounded shapes of pocket watches Vacheron Constantin became one of the first watch manufacturers to offer barrel-shaped or ‘tonneau’ cases. This shape was immediately of widely appeal to both men and women. Over the past century, it has come to be associated with the most prestigious horological complications, as notably interpreted in the Maltecollection.
The Métiers d’Art – Fabuleux Ornements watches now invite women to rediscover the beauty of the ornaments of the world, beating to the rhythm of a precious calibre. China and its ancient embroideries, India and its colourfully illustrated manuscripts, the Ottoman Empire and its architecture, France and its famous lace: all are sources of inspiration.
Amidst all the excitement caused by SIHH as well as the new pieces revealed yesterday from Hublot for the Geneva Watch Fair, Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver, the master watch marketing strategist, has snuck in a bit of exciting news of his own which has certainly surprised the industry.
New for 2014 from Hublot is ‘Spirit of Big Bang’, basically, Big Bang but with a tonneau case for those that favour that shape. It features all the key Big Bang design codes with its 6 H-shaped titanium screws through the watch bezel, the lugs on either side, the two strap attachments, Hublot hands, SuperLuminova-filled baton indices and the over-moulded rubber screw-down crown with the letter H adorning its profile.
Totally black, totally matte and totally faithful to Hublot's DNA; this is the new Big Bang UNICO All Black, designed to reflect sport, performance and technology. The 100% in-house manufacture movement and the iconic Big Bang design in the new UNICO All Black version comes in a limited edition of just 500 numbered pieces, in line with all of Hublot's All Black series.
Hublot developed all Black skis with Zai, the carbon racing bike with BMC, the sledge developed with ECAL, the soundboard developed with JMC Lutherie, and the High Fidelity headphones developed with Monster. Hublot is now launching its sunglasses designed and developed with the best to create a product which is different, unique and pioneering.
Hublot have introduced a Big Bang Chronograph using real dark blue denim as a covering on the dial of the 44 mm model. The watch employs a new and complex process which hardens the denim and makes it easier to mould. Made entirely from micro-blasted black ceramic, the model is completed by a strap in denim sewn onto black rubber with orange saddle stitches for comfort, flexibility and strength.