To reinterpret its signature Large Bang, Hublot turned to a shocking supply of inspiration: tattoos.
The luxurious watchmaker teamed with its Swiss compatriot Maxime Plescia-Büchi and his multi-disciplinary artistic company, Sang Bleau, to create a timepiece that pulls as a lot on summary physique artwork because it does on conventional horology. Plescia-Büchi is a revered tattoo artist, who’s labored on the likes of Kanye West, and a artistic director who developed an aesthetic hallmark primarily based on intricate––and infrequently geometric––linework. Collectively they created the limited-edition Large Bang Sang Bleu II with each factor an intentional nod to Plescia-Büchi’s earlier work.
“The work of Maxime Plescia-Büchi assumes its full symbolic significance on this piece, with the brand new editions bearing the colours of Sang Bleu,” mentioned Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot’s CEO, in a press launch. “This transposition of his geometric artwork, virtually architectural in its construction, onto a watch illustrates the easiest of the Artwork of Fusion”
Accessible in both 18K King gold or titanium, the 45mm case is 16.5mm thick and waterproof as much as 100 meters, which can be shocking given its delicate look. Flip it over and the satin-finished case again additionally incorporates a sapphire crystal window so viewers can acquire a glimpse of its nice inside workings. However that doesn’t make the skeleton arms tracing their method throughout the entrance dial any much less spectacular. And all of it’s powered by an in-house 1240.MXM self-winding chronograph flyback motion with 38 jewels and a 72-hour energy reserve.
The matte dial, identical to the sleek rubber strap, is a deep shade of blue. Whereas that will initially appear to be a conservative selection made for its versatility, it’s truly a reference to the darkish lapis-colored ink Plescia-Büchi makes use of within the majority of his tattooing work. And it appears simply as lovely translated right here.
Head over to the model’s website to buy certainly one of your individual. The 18K gold version sells for $47,300 whereas the titanium model sells for $25,200. Each can be found with diamond settings at an extra value.