Hublot Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent


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Hublot and Italia Independent have once again joined forces to create a new collaborative watch – the Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent (ref. 411.OQ.1189.NR.ITI18). Limited to 100 pieces, this special edition pays tribute to Lapo Elkann, the founder of the fashion brand, and his passion and love for the sea. As a kid, Lapo was introduced to this wonderful world by his grandfather Gianni Agnelli. The legendary Italian industrialist was very passionate about sailing, contributing to the creation of Azzura – the first Italian yacht racing team to challenge for the America’s Cup. During his life he owned several super yachts. Many of them were groundbreaking at the time, featuring such innovative materials like Kevlar and carbon fiber. The latter two would go on to have a significant influence on Lapo Elkann’s work as a designer.

With its latest timepiece, Hublot is taking the partnership with Lapo Elkann and his brand Italia Independent on a new emotional, creative and technical level. While discussing how the watch will look, Lapo and Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe realized the connection between the world of sailing and Hublot’s highly innovative watchmaking expertise. Just like a modern yacht, the new Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent combines cutting edge and traditional materials. The case and push-pieces are made of King Gold, a unique alloy of gold and platinum developed by the Swiss manufacturer. On the other hand we have a bezel made of teak, an exclusive wood used for decorating decks of the finest sailing ships. A perfect match between technology and tradition, the Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent is a great example of Hublot’s Art of Fusion philosophy.

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The bezel is made of teak, a type of wood used for the decks of the finest sailing ships

 

Based on the Big Bang Unico chronograph, the new Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent takes its design inspiration from some of the yachts of the late Gianni Agnelli, including Agneta, Stealth, Azzurra and particularly the Tiketitoo, whose hull featured a soft, warm golden color. The watch is housed in a large 45mm case and water resistant to 100 meters. On the back there is a sapphire case back engraved with limited edition number. On the front we have a mat black skeleton dial with satin-finished gold plated hands, numerals and hour markers, each filled with an orange luminous material. Inside the timepiece is Hublot’s in-house developed and manufactured caliber HUB1242 with 38 jewels. This automatic chronograph flyback movement oscillates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 72 hours.

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The watch uses the style codes of the yachts of the late Gianni Agnelli

 

The new Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent is available with two straps. The first option is inspired by the world of sailing and cut out of a real boat sail in Kevlar carbon with a rubber base. The second is made entirely of rubber and features a black and orange coloring. Thanks to Hublot’s innovative One Click system, the wearer can easily swap the straps. The timepiece is delivered in a special presentation box containing a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses whose frames uses the same teak wood as the bezel of the watch.

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Each of the 100 pieces comes with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses

 

 

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