Hublot And Berluti Unveil The Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio
The fifth edition is limited to 100 pieces: the two Houses explore the shades of gray in a uniquely creative way
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Five years ago they managed to blend fashion and watchmaking, leather and titanium, matter and form. The partnership between Berluti, the historic fashion house, famous for its "made-to-measure" men's footwear founded in Paris in 1895 by the master shoemaker Alessandro Berluti - and the most disruptive watch brand there is today unveils a new interpretation of the Big Bang Unico. The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio capitalizes on this common know-how to propose a sober, elegant, monochromatic, and timeless model. It's a Big Bang for the collector esthete. This edition will be limited to 100 pieces, as is the case with every collaboration between Hublot and Berluti.HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO BERLUTI ALUMINIO: CHARACTERISTICS
The emblematic Venezia patinated leather is found in the heart of the polished titanium bezel and on the dial, where the indices and the word “Swiss Made” embossed on the skin stand out. The leather is squeezed between two sapphire crystal surfaces, the cut of which reveals the mechanism of the Unico movement, a true test of technical savoir-faire. In collaboration with Berluti, a technique has been developed for inserting natural colors into the skin that crystallizes them over time: a way of restoring its beauty and making it immutable in its authenticity. The strap symbolizes the perfect fusion of the two worlds and is available in two versions. One with an aluminum-coated Venezia leather strap and the other with Aluminum coated Venezia leather strap and Scritto motif, exclusively for Giappo.
Aluminum is one of the most emblematic patinas of the Berluti Maison. It perfectly reflects the light on the different tones of the Venezia skin. For this model, Hublot has taken over on its own the new design of the bezel, made in two parts. The first part, in leather about 1 mm thick, is inserted with an adhesive and rigid resin on the second part, in gray titanium, then screwed onto the watch case. The bezel can therefore continue to develop a patina over time, as is the case with the strap.
To harmonize the patinated Venezia Aluminum leather with the mechanics, the Hublot manufacture drew on the wide range of materials it knows how to master: titanium for the 44 mm case and the folding clasp, resin for the central horn, tungsten for the oscillating weight and satin rhodium for the hands. After more than 40 years of more innovative developments, Hublot now masters the entire range of watchmaking materials and has thus managed to create a Big Bang perfectly matched to the nuances of Berluti patina leather. Hublot Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio also shows part of its beating heart. On the dial, the leather is inserted between two sapphire crystal surfaces, the cut of which allows you to admire the operation of the Unico movement, an authentic in-house Flyback automatic chronograph, which boasts a power reserve of three full days. A rare and contemporary piece, the Big Bang Unico Berluti Aluminio will be delivered in a special box with a travel case and a Berluti shoehorn keychain.
By: Olivia J. - Zexron