The tourbillon is one of the many marvels of horological masterwork, an answer to a problem faced when a timepiece would spend much of its time in a pocket and therefore endured uneven stresses and gravitational forces. With the invention of the wristwatch, that particular issue became a thing of the past, but our love of the tourbillon complication persists.
A Study in Contrasts
With the Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon 5-day Power Reserve Carbon White, Hublot brings their distinctive flair for modern materials and style to their Big Bang Tourbillon concept. In this iteration, they are playing with contrasts — white and black, old and new, curve and angle.
The colorway is starkly black and white, reminiscent of the grainy photographs of early pioneers in watchmaking. The 42-mm case is carbon fiber with white micro-glass fibers that creates an almost abstract frame to the sharply technical mechanicals behind the dial. The bezel is a soft rectangle, clean and modern, with only the speckled white fibers and the signature H-shaped screws for decoration.
The minimalist, tonneau-shaped case illustrates the curves and sweeps of the dial and visible mechanicals. The dial itself is a playful arrangement of overlapping circles that shines within the subdued case and bezel. The main timekeeping is offset and interlocks with a 5-day power reserve indicator and the tourbillon cage as it performs its one rotation every minute. There is a joyful contradiction between the clean angles of the case and the spiral of constant movement in the dial.
Beneath the imaginative surface lies the HUB6020 manufacture movement, the high-spirited aesthetics giving way to the technical prowess found in all of Hublot’s watches. The in-house, hand-wound movement is a skeleton tourbillon with an impressive 115-hour power reserve. This movement was designed specifically to fit within the tonneau-shaped case of the Spirit in order to maximize the exuberant aesthetic.
The watch is paired with a white rubber strap that has two lateral, structured black seams to highlight the black-and-white contrasting color scheme. The strap closes with a black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployment buckle clasp. This watch does feature Hublot’s patented “One-Click” system for fast and easy interchangeability of straps. In literally a single click, the strap can be swapped out for daily reinvention.
The Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon 5-day Power Reserve Carbon White is a limited release of only 100 pieces.
HUB6020 Manufacture Manual winding Skeleton Tourbillon Movement. Frequency 3 Hz (21’600 A/h) with approximately 115 hours of Power reserve.
Case and Dial
42mm carbon fiber case with white micro-glass fibers. “One-Click” System. 30m water resistant. Sapphire dial.
Black and White Structured Lined Rubber Strap
Pricing and Availability
100-piece edition. CHF 90’000/EUR 93’500/USD 94’700/GBP 78’400