Hublot is going to sell 100 pieces of its special numbered edition Hublot Big Bang amfAR BANG (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.AMF11) automatic chronograph watch donating some part of the revenue to the US-based amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) nonprofit organization.
Although I (as well as a great deal of other bloggers and journalists who happen to write about watches) grow more and more tired of Hublot’s design language, which seems to degenerate into recombining the same couple of vowels and consonants over and over again, it is always a pleasure to write about a corporate monster doing a good thing.
Whether it is a restoration of an old plane or a move to support the dwindling rainforests of Malaysia, the act is always generous, always welcomed not only by its beneficiaries, but by general public as well.
The watch that Hublot decided to re-issue as a limited edition model belongs to their well-known (even signature, perhaps) Big Bang collection.
Its only difference from the rest of the family is that the timepiece features amfAR’s blue-and-orange color scheme.
On the dial, the partially skeletonized hour and minute hands, all three small hands and even the facetted applied indexes are generously covered with bright blue Superluminova.
The minute track, as well as the small chapter rings on the chronograph totalizers and the usual “cross-hairs” on the small seconds sub-dial is printed in orange. The same color was used to paint the central chronograph hand.
As you may have already noticed, one of the hour markers here is removed and substituted with the blue and orange amfAR logo at 5 o’clock.
The other pieces of the watch have also received their share of blue and orange touches.
The stainless steel setting crown, as well as the chronograph push-pieces feature blue composite resin inserts, while the alligator gummy and black rubber strap also features contrast blue-orange stitching.
The watch, presented in a not so big (by Hublot’s current standards) 44.5 Big Bang case, is powered by their HUB 4100 automatic chronograph movement that we have recently seen in a number of their new chronographs, those including the Hublot F1 King Power Ceramic, and Hublot F1 King Power India.
The watch is going to be limited to only 100 individually numbered pieces and is on sale right now.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Hublot Big Bang Black Magic amfAR BANG Limited Edition (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.AMF11) automatic chronograph wrist watch specification
Price: $18,700 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber HUB 4100, 28,800 vph, 252 components, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Bridges: Satin-finished, bevelled & polished; Oscillating weight: Tungsten with black PVD treated dimpled surface; Main plate: Sandblasted & rhodium-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel material: Micro-blasted black ceramic
Crown material: Steel with blue rubber insert
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.5 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Black with blue Superluminova and orange-colored minute track
Hands: Satin-finished rhodium-plated, with blue SuperLuminova; Yellow-colored central chronograph hand with the signature “H” counterpoise
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Adjustable alligator gummy and black rubber strap, with blue and yellow stitching. Big Bang deployant buckle in black PVD steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire