The New Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue

Hublot introduces its new Big Bang Unico Sky Blue – a watch like an ode to travel between air and sea.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue Watch

The new Big Bang Unico Sky Blue introduces its celebration of the sea and the sky, cut from ceramic.

An innovative material which, in addition to recalling all the ardor of the Hublot house and its mastery of the “Art of Fusion”, resists the wear and tear of salt water.

Because the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue watch is above all an invitation to travel. From Mykonos to Ibiza via St-Tropez, the new Big Bang Unico Sky Blue is beautiful and well cut for the voyage in peaceful waters.

From these places so laden with charm and history, Hublot thus creates a watch that infuses time with a light and inspired rhythm… Around its 45 mm diameter case, the Big Bang Unico Sky Blue exudes a very sophisticated relaxation in its colors mixing soft blue and posed white.

Drawing its softness and luxury in particular from the most famous of the Cyclades islands, where the blue waters of the Aegean Sea contrast with the whiteness of its whitewashed houses under a limpid blue sky – the Big Bang Unico Sky Blue is an ode to the travel between air and sea.

Because it is also the bay of St-Tropez which gives it its peaceful allure. Where the blue of the water and the sky unite endlessly!

By thus moving time serenely to the rhythm of the Unico manufacture movement, the new Big Bang Unico Sky Blue is ideal for a season sheltered from the passing of time.

The Classic Hublot Fusion, History of an Icon

The most desired object of the Hublot house, the Classic Fusion is a watch with an elegant aesthetic.

2008, Year Of The Classic Fusion

Cut in a sportier aesthetic, a bit more traditional, the Classic Fusion soon became a watchmaking icon. Like the Big Bang which followed it three years after, the Classic Fusion adopts the Hublot codes to reinvent them.

Visible screws on the crown, stamped with the H Logo, borrows its lines from the first watch designed in 1980 by the Italian Carlo Crocco, founder of the house. With these screws, it gave the appearance of a boat window, the first Hublot watch already combines gold and natural rubber.

Lightweight, ultra resistant, pleasant, it quickly conquered the wrists of the Spanish royal family first, then those of personalities like Princess Diana, and the jet-set.

In 2005, Carlo Crocco called on Jean-Claude Biver to take over the management of the house – the Big Bang born at the same time that the Classic changed its name to become, in 2008, the Classic Fusion!

Jean-Claude Biver will have a considerable impact on the Hublot universe, in particular by opening up the experimentation of the house to other universes. Still with the “Art of Fusion” concept at the heart of creation, it will open new doors for watchmaking.

With the Richard Orlinski version , the one for Juventus , and more recently with the Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League It helps to celebrate exceptional works and places – in line with the values ​​of the Hublot house. Audacity, innovation and admirable timepieces, the original pieces exude all of the Hublot aura.

The Big Bang Hublot, A Cult Watch

From 1980, Carlo Crocco defied all conventions in watchmaking with Hublot – the first icon was the Big Bang.

The Big Bang, Admirable Watch

Gone are the rules of the genre, the Hublot house introduced with the Big Bang the first black natural rubber strap. Each new Hublot watch becomes an opportunity to push the boundaries of watchmaking aesthetics a little further.

The perfect incarnation of the fusion concept dear to Hublot, the iconic design of the Big Bang – which has won many awards and is now a watchmaking icon – was imagined in 2005.

The name, Big Bang, is a reference to the fortuitous formation of the universe, it is because the Hublot house wanted to name it according to the very principle of its watchmaking work. The essential idea behind each Hublot creation is in fact the art of fusion. In other words, the association of objects and materials which are never found together in the natural state of things.

The rubber and gold, which, by virtue of their differences, together make the Big Bang special. The Big Bang combined these elements in a striking contrast which gives a strong impression on the eye. Very quickly became an icon of watchmaking, the watch is also the ideal canvas for the house’s experiments.

The Big Bang, An Inspired Watch

If it takes up the lines of the first watch imagined by Carlo Crocco from a ship’s window, the Big Bang is very quickly reinvented.

Carbon and gold, ceramic and steel, jeans fabric and diamonds. Hublot never ceases to amaze with the use of surprising materials.

Still, in the Big Bang, the audacity of these associations is visible in a case composed like a triptych comprising a number of components. With its 70 or so elements, the Big Bang embodies another idea of ​​luxury – that of a watch distinguished by a wide range of subtle refinements.

In 2015, the First Big Bang Unico Fine Jewelry from Hublot presented itself in an excepti

onal production. The production of these pieces required three very complex crimping techniques: invisible crimping, clou de Paris crimping, and rail crimping.

This without speaking here of the José Mourinho or Calaveras versions . The Big Bang Alps or the one imagined in collaboration with the Ferrari house for the Big Bang Unico Ferrari in 2016, nor the one in collaboration with the Depeche Mode group – these marvels have a decidedly strong aesthetic signature!

Kylian Mbappé, Hublot Ambassador

The first luxury house to be associated with football, Hublot made Kilian Mbappé its ambassador in 2018.

Hublot, Football And Mbappé

Since 2008, Hublot has declared its love for football with “Hublot loves Football”. The official timekeeper of international competitions was indeed the first luxury house to join forces with this emotional universe.

Since becoming the benchmark watch with, again recently, the launch of a very limited edition of the Classic Fusion icon, the Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League – Hublot has found in exceptional players ambassadors worthy of its innovations.

In the Hublot family, we call the giant Pelé and Kylian Mbappé! “Hublot embodies this fusion of innovation, new technologies and materials that I like. They unconditionally support my sport and are associated with my best football moments so I am proud to become the first active footballer, muse of the brand!” Kylian Mbappé is an ambassador with an exceptional aura. Champion of France at 18, world champion at 19, he is already considered one of the best footballers in the world.

In the words of Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of the house, “Kylian Mbappé carries a powerful message: the fusion of time, the power of dreams and passion, the magic of a sport, an athlete and values ​​they inspire.” Values ​​already distilled in Hublot timepieces which, from the Big Bang to Moonphase watches, are true technical masterpieces!

Omega Celebrates the Anniversary of the First Caliber on the Moon

On July 21, 1969, the Omega house accompanied the first steps of man to the Moon – a human revolution, accompanied by the iconic caliber 321 of the Moonwatch watch.

The Omega Moonwatch Caliber 321: First Caliber On The Moon

On July 21, 1969, the whole world clings to their television sets to follow man’s first steps on the moon live. This event is so significant, because the Apollo 11 mission was on the verge of achieving a dream as old as humanity.

The Omega watch on an astronaut’s wrist during a spacewalk

It was Omega that was chosen to accompany them on this eminently daring journey. Chosen, or rather after a battery of Olympian tests, the watch presented by the house of Omega is the only one to withstand the demands of NASA.

The story of the Speedmaster turned Moonwatch on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist is told more fully here, this time Omega celebrates the very heart of its craftsmanship. The caliber 321 Omega.

Without this caliber, the Moonwatch would not have been able to accompany the first men on the Moon. Tuesday July 21, the house has decided to celebrate this little piece of watchmaking history – at the same time as this big step for the history of humanity!

This year, Omega has therefore carefully recreated the caliber 321 _ 2nd generation to make it into an even more exceptional timepiece. Called Speedmaster Moonwatch 321, the watch, cut in stainless steel, is here a real anchor in the history of the conquest of space!

The Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 watch deploys all of Omega’s expertise around a 39.70 mm case. Still, it is the heritage of this house that is reflected in this case, since it is inspired by the 3rd generation model – namely, the model worn during the first American spacewalk in 1965!

Other nods to Omega’s commitment to NASA, the timepiece features a polished black ceramic [ZrO2] bezel fitted with a white enamel tachymeter scale. Its black dial with degrees features iconic hands of the Moonwatch – adorned with a vintage Omega logo.

Obviously fascinating, the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 offers an optimal view of its caliber 321, thanks to its sapphire crystal caseback. A technical feat made possible, again, by the perseverance of the Omega workshops. And we understand this better when we question the founding vision of Louis Brandt, the man behind this more than a century old house.

Two years of reconstruction and in-depth research were necessary to bring this movement back to life. By relying on tomography (a digital scanner technology), the company was able to study the interior of the real Omega Speedmaster carried by the astronaut Eugene Cernan, known as Gene Cernan, during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

The result in 2020 is simply stunning!

The Cartier Fine Jewelry Collection

Named (Sur) Naturel, the Cartier Fine Jewelry collection introduces, in 2020, an organic ode to nature – between abstraction and figuration, thanks to its exceptional craftsmanship!

The 2020 Cartier Fine Jewelry Collection

We know of the Cartier house due to its extraordinary talent for transfiguring the common into unparalleled jewel. Juste un Clou or the panther of Cartier are all jewelry figuration of a universe where joke is mixed with technical prowess.

But this time, the Cartier fine jewelry collection is aiming for something else. What makes the modernity of a piece of High Jewelry in 2020? It is no longer to oppose the representation of reality to its most extreme stylization. An abstract pattern like stripes becomes figurative by evoking the nature of a zebra. This is the story of (Sur) Naturel explains Pierre Rainero, director of Cartier image and heritage.

Seeking the poetry of the jewel more than its realism, Cartier ends up with new jewelry pieces, which manage to go beyond the limits of realism. Subtle and surprising, the new Cartier jewels are based on the colors and lines of eminently precious stones to create evocations rather than representations.

We can guess all the heritage of the “king of jewelers and jeweler of kings” in the ethereal use of gold, emeralds, coral or even diamonds and onyx. The spotted gold here evokes the iconic Cartier panther. 

A transfiguration which stylizes fire, water, fauna and flora in magical volumes because they are grandiloquent. It is for example the Sinopé necklace which undulates like a stream – cut around diamonds and lapis lazuli, studded with five oval sapphires of Madagascar of 39.22 carats. Inventive and quasi-organic splendors thus revive all this new Cartier Fine Jewelry collection. 

The New Pieces for Omega’s Constellation for Men

The Omega Constellation collection combines elegance and precision, here it is completed with new stellar models, dedicated to men.

New Omega Constellation Men’s Pieces

From its foundation, the Omega watchmaker has always sought to look on the side of the impossible. It is by demand, and incredible craftsmanship, that the house succeeded in equipping the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission.

The Omega Moonwatch was the first watch to walk on the Moon. It is a safe bet that without it, the Omega Constellation collection would not be as inspired as it is!

Today, the new Omega Constellation men’s pieces retain all the panache and lunar elegance that is specific to this collection plus innovation.

We read the aesthetic codes of the Constellation collection in the emblematic claws and the half-moon facets on either side of the case, mm are enhanced with cutting-edge materials; the most refined used in the world of watchmaking.

Cut in stainless steel, in 18K gold, or in these two materials, the new watches in the Constellation collection are above all an echo of another iconic model.

We find the effect of the shimmering sapphire crystal of the original Constellation Manhattan in 1982. This is because almost all of the glasses are made of polished ceramic.

More refined than the previous models, these new watches are also and above all enhanced by beveled angles on the case and claws, and a subtly reworked crown.

With new indexes inspired by Manhattan skyscrapers, including the triangular facets of the Freedom Tower; Roman numerals cast in CeragoldTM or LiquidmetalTM Omega. These new models especially designed for men, create stellar sophistication!

A sophistication which once again links precision, performance and magnetic resistance. All with a sapphire crystal caseback that offers a breathtaking view of the Omega Master Co-Axial 8900/8901 caliber.

Omega: The Ambition of Its Founder

When Louis Brandt founded Omega in 1848, his ambition was to make the most precise watches in the world. A successful goal, in particular thanks to the iconic calibers of the house!

Louis Brandt, The Founder of Omega

1848. Louis Brandt founded the company in La Chaux de Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel, which in 1894 took the name Omega. But in the middle of the 19th century, we were talking more about the Louis Brandt establishment counter – a house whose goal was to manufacture the most precise watches in the world.

The master watchmaker would go on to understand the operation of timepieces in search of the secret of precision. On his death in 1879, he bequeathed his sons Louis-Paul and César Brandt his trading post, and his goals.

From 1879, the two sons of Louis Brandt threw themselves into the industrialization of the manufacture of watches. Renamed Louis Brandt & Fils, the house moved to Biel, in the canton of Bern. In a short time, and knowing how to take advantage of the city’s dynamism in terms of logistics, they were going to launch two innovations that would overturn the world of watchmaking.

First, it is the first caliber of the house to be mass produced. Labrador – a technological innovation that facilitates chronometric performance. Revolutionary for its time!

Then, it is the invention of the iconic caliber of the house. A caliber that sketched the Omega legend. In 1894, the Brandt brothers launched the Omega caliber 19 lines. Mass produced using new technologies, the movement revolutionized the precision of watches.

The Omega 19-line caliber largely redefined the standards which then naturally applied to other watchmaking houses. It was this invention that gave the name to the Omega house.

Iconic Omega Calibers, Watchmaking Revolutions

The caliber that launched the Brandt brothers’ house is the one that gave its name to the Omega house. A mechanism which, in addition to being a great novelty for the time, inaugurated a system still used today.

The First, The Omega Caliber 19 Lines

The revolution of the Omega 19-line caliber is first and foremost a technical revolution. With the use of this caliber, each piece becomes easily replaceable by any watchmaker. Caliber 19 also makes it possible to combine the functions of winding and setting the time at the crown and stem. This system is still in force today!

When the Brandt house imagined the Omega caliber 19 lines on the basis of Labrador- 19 lines indicating its 43 mm diameter, it innovates in a spectacular way. Its manual mechanism allowed the time to be set by the winding stem. This winding stem inspired, for example, sunglasses, in 2020.

Named Omega, in reference to the last letter of the Greek alphabet, the caliber embodies the accomplishment of the two brothers. An accomplishment which, two years later, in 1896, allowed the house to obtain its first recognition of the trade. The gold medal at the Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva. Imposing thereby this manufacturing system on almost all Swiss watchmaking houses.

This caliber has therefore raised the house to the rank of a key player in the watchmaking world. A success such as in 1903, the house was renamed Louis Brandt & Frère – Omega Watch & Co.

So much so that at the beginning of the 20th century, the Omega house produced around 100,000 watches per year. Enough to make it one of the most important watch manufacturers in the world. The legend can now be written.

Omega Calibers, Revolutions throughout history

Omega is behind many firsts – the first minute repeater wristwatch in 1892, the first full calendar watches with large dates in 1893, and the Carillion repeater system in 1894. The first marine watch, too.

But in 1931, the house set a new milestone in the world of watchmaking. The first automatic movement using two oscillating masses. Result? This innovation allowed a bidirectional winding of the movement, and improvement of its efficiency.

In the same year, Omega won first place in the six categories of the competition organized by the Geneva Observatory. To uphold the values ​​that have earned it this honor, the house adopted this mantra in its advertising campaigns – “Omega – Exact time of life”.

We can read the whole legacy of the founder’s primary ambition.

In 2019, Omega celebrated its caliber 19. “Today, we are very proud to represent this symbolic name. Omega is the only watchmaker to bear the name of one of its movements, proof of its unfailing commitment to the art of precision. This name has also become famous in many other fields, from space exploration to that of the oceans, including the Olympic Games and cinema, with the James Bond saga. We could not miss this anniversary” explained the CEO of Omega, Raynald Aeschlimann.

The Omega house can definitely boast about having launched a number of innovations thereafter, like the Liquid Metal technology and the silicon balance-spring. This is the Co-Axial escapement initiated by George Daniels constituted the most recent demonstration.

Presented in the 2000’s on an Omega, the Co-Axial escapement, in fact, makes it possible to resolve one of the oldest concerns in watchmaking – the problems of balance swing and lubrication.

As we can see, the Omega house has been able to realize the ambition of its founder through the creation of exceptional calibers. An ambition which aimed to manufacture the most precise watches in the world. And indeed, what could be more precise than the watch which accompanied the footsteps of the first men on the Moon, the Moonwatch.

Rolex Presents Its ‘Explore’ Icon At The Bon Marché

Until August 14, 2020, Rolex will present “A watch born for exploration” – an event exhibition that traces the thread of one of the most iconic watches in its repertoire. The Rolex Explorer.

Rolex, Everest And The Explorer Watch

Rolex quickly knew how to put their watchmaking craft at the service of human exploration. Real tool watches whose function goes beyond that of reading the time.

Rolex And The Conquest Of Mount Everest

No matter the human exploits aimed at exploring the highest peaks on earth or probing the seabed – Rolex was very often involved!

As in 1953…

An expedition, led by Sir John Hunt, with Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, sought out to conquer Mount Everest. And they get to the top! Raised at more than 8,848 meters above sea level, they broke down a new frontier for humans. “By tenacity and concentration, we accomplish much more than what we felt capable of” Sir John Hunt.

At the same time, they tested the limits of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. By -50 ° C and a suspicious magnetism. The watch stood up to this feat, since it allowed them to move forward, without ever failing. “The Oysters have worked wonderfully and we have come to regard them as an important part of high mountain equipment”, explained the house.

From then on Rolex intended to make watches for these explorers. These are the Rolex Explorer. With a reinforced case and an even more readable dial, these watches accompany today’s adventurers with cutting-edge technologies. Like the polar explorer Alain Hubert and his Explorer II.

In 1971, the Explorer II was indeed expressly designed for speleologists, volcanologists and explorers of extremes.

Rolex At Bon Marché, The Iconic Explorer Exhibits

And for the first time in France, Rolex exhibits the evolution of its Explorer icon. It is at Bon Marché that Rolex celebrates these watches born for exploration.

The very title of this exhibition, which will run until August 14, 2020, says the same thing. Entitled ‘A watch born for exploration’, the exhibition retraces, around video and photographic archives, the epic Explorer. And the exploits made it possible!

An exhibition to see for all watch enthusiasts – and especially those who adore the technological prowess of beautiful Rolex watches!

The BR 0392 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross completed the iconic BR 0392 DIVER collection with the BR 0392 Diver Full Lum. A technical watch, coupled with a powerful and elegant graphic!

The BR 0392 Diver from Bell & Ross, Diving Icon

You can recognize a Bell & Ross watch at a glance – it’s the aesthetic power that made it, from the 90s, an iconic house!

This time, the house completed its line of watches for explorers of the seabed. Since 1997 and the introduction of the first Bell & Ross diving watch, the Hydromax watch waterproof to 11,100 meters, the house has endeavored to respond to the challenges of the abyss with watches cut for their exploration, obscure and demanding.

Rich in this heritage, it is in 2007 that the house set a new milestone in its history with the BR 02 collection. At the heart of it is the BR 0392 Diver watch that marked the world of diving with its emblematic square case.

Strong marker of the identity of Bell & Ross, the square shape is this time subject to the intransigence of the maritime domain. Professional and incredibly aesthetic underwater instruments, here is the formula that today leads Bell & Ross to complete the BR 02 line with the new BR 0392 Diver Full Lum.

The New BR 0392 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross

The new BR 0392 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross is an innovative and prodigious watch.

Prodigious by what it offers, around these 42mm in diameter, optimal readability. Bell & Ross has adapted its Lum concept to its diving collection, overturning the traditional principles of legibility day and night by playing with inverted contrasts. Thanks to the Superluminova!

It must be said that Bell & Ross expertise in maritime exploration is the result of a collective experience – bringing together the knowledge of its designers, master watchmakers and divers.

Thus the BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross meets the vital requirements of divers. A craft guaranteed by the name “Diving watches”, which is protected by the international standard ISO 6425.

As beautiful as it is technical, the BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum is therefore presented in matt black ceramic. Its unidirectional rotating bezel, graduated 60 minutes, also in ceramic, is covered with a luminescent green painted in Superluminova®.

Indexes and metallic hands are visible through skeletonized appliques, filled with Superluminova®, too. Take a good look, the BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross can be the kind of object of desire to inspire vocations!