It is the official watch of the next FIFA World Cup. It is also the first Big Bang Chrono Unique Bi-Retrograde, a first for Hublot, which until now had never presented the bi-retrograde function, and in addition with central chronograph, a movement that has been submitted the patent application.
The initial idea of engineers and watchmakers Hublot has been to develop a watch movement specifically for the world of football, in homage to the prestigious FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014TM that Hublot is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch.
As a basis for this development was chosen the likes of Manufacture SOLE, unique in the industry, with its column wheel and dual coupling dial side, which offers here a very current example of its extraordinary flexibility.
After 18 months of research and development, it was born the new manufacture movement HUB1260 automatic, bi-retrograde movement with central chronograph from 385 components (Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations / hour) patent pending. It is also, to date, only one of such movements in the watch industry.
It is the first time that Hublot has a clock display with bi-retrograde (hands return to the starting point in a flash). Here’s how it works in this case: the start of the chronograph, the second hand and minute chronograph moving from left to right on an arc of 45 minutes (the length of time of a football match) , an area of extra time is 15 minutes you can get up to 60. Two buttons on both sides of the crown allow START, STOP and RESET, one at 2 also allows you to specify the time period chosen among the four proposed: 1 th time, half time, 2nd time and after the game, indicated by a small window in the middle at 12 o’clock.
Another challenge for designers of motion: energy. This solution, unusual for an indication, requires an additional force, as the quick clicks of the hands absorb more energy from the movement. This aspect has been optimized in order not to compromise the correct operation of the indication hourly, thanks to an extremely selective choice of materials and functions that presented the lowest possible consumption and a reduced friction coefficient.
Evidently, the time does not stop during an exciting football match. For this reason two lancets in permanent rotation are arranged in a counter at 6 o’clock and then continue to indicate the passing of hours and minutes while the seconds are indicated by a small counter-shaped sector with a lancet with three arms positioned at 9 am which runs continuously and allows to check at a glance the proper functioning of the movement. Power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
On the dial, finally, dominate the yellow and green, the national colors of Brazil in homage to the country hosting the competition.
The set is presented in a box “Big Bang Unique” by as many as 45.5 mm in diameter, with elegant design and mechanical. The bezel is set by the famous 6 screws H whose structure in relief allowing two finishes alternating glossy and matte. The design of the screw-in crown with rubber molding presents a profile decorated with the famous H screw Hublot and two buttons at 2:04.
Remain sharp edges and the intelligent system of the sandwich structure of the fund, with an attack of the strap particularly optimized: was adopted the now famous system “One-click” and you can switch a variety of bracelets to your liking – the watches are supplied with a natural rubber strap and skinned that integrates seamlessly with the rings of the case middle. Water resistant to 100 meters.
Although its official name is the Hublot Replica Big Bang Official Watch of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, he has already earned the nickname “Soccer Bang”. It is available in two versions: the first in 18K King Gold bezel with carbon fiber limited to only 100 copies, and the second black ceramic, also with carbon fiber bezel, in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies.