Hublot Partners with Depeche Mode for the Spirit of Big Bang “Memento Mori”

Celebrating the return of the pioneering English band.

The English electronic music band Depeche Mode has had a longstanding partnership with Hublot, coming together to create limited edition watches sold to support various good causes, including raising public awareness and funds for environmental and humanitarian efforts. Their collaboration began 14 years ago with a series of watches featuring unique dials reflecting the band’s albums. 

 

Now, as Depeche Mode releases its latest album, this classic collaboration is making a return. The latest offering from Hublot is the Spirit of the Big Bang Depeche Mode, featuring a skull motif in homage to the band’s latest album, Memento Mori.

An interesting moonphase

While the skull motif is a common theme in watches, the Big Bang Depeche Mode manages to distinguish itself with a more genuine backstory. The band had previously taken a hiatus, but they broke their silence last year with the release of the new album “Memento Mori” and a tour, partly in honor of the passing of one of its members. The band had already planned the album “Memento Mori,” and the tragic incident solidified their determination to bring the album to fruition as a reminder for people to live life to the fullest.

Putting the backstory aside, objectively speaking about the watch’s inherent quality, there is one commendable feature: the collaboration is executed in a thoughtful manner with good continuity. Fourteen years ago, the very first collaborative edition was also based on an album, with the themes of the album depicted on the dial. The skull on the latest watch follows this tradition. Furthermore, the watch features black studs on the bezel, which is also a motif found repeatedly in earlier collaborative editions, such as the Big Bang Depeche Mode with a chronograph.

 

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect is the execution of the dial, which is creatively done with pyramid-shaped markers echoing the hobnail bezel. More importantly, the skull features mini beads that flow within as you move your wrist.

All-black ceramic

Another notable feature of this watch is its all-black palette. However, Hublot’s all-black aesthetic feels particularly special compared to other brands’ offerings because it was one of the original brands to make such a palette popular. The Big Bang All Black was a massive hit when it was released in 2006 and had a significant impact on the market.

 

But more importantly, the latest Depeche Mode edition’s case isn’t just another black PVD-coated steel case; it’s a genuine black ceramic case. This means the color won’t fade with scratches. The adoption of ceramic as the case material also sets it apart from many other all-black watches on the market.

Despite the ceramic material, the case retains a significant amount of detail such as faceted surfaces and bevels, done in contrasting finishes such as polished and sandblasted. This is notable since ceramic is more challenging to finish. Additionally, the buckle is also ceramic, which is unusual as most ceramic watches opt for a PVD-coated metal buckle.

Powered by Zenith

Inside the watch is a movement made by Zenith, a sister company of Hublot, as both belong to the LVMH luxury conglomerate. The HUB1710 is actually based on the Zenith Elite 670, which is a reliable workhorse that powers a range of watches, including many Urwerk models.

Hublot Spirit of the Big Bang Depeche Mode

Movement: HUB1710; automatic; 50 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Case: 42 mm x 13.8 mm; black ceramic; water resistant to 100 m
Strap: Black rubber strap with ceramic pin buckle and an additional black fabric strap

Limited edition: 100 pieces
Price: USD 34,100

Price: USD 3,345

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