Presented right in time for the holiday shopping season, the new Hublot Big Bang Gold Full Pave-Set collection of women watches comprises three versions. Each member of the family features rose gold bodies, but is equipped with Big Bang’s signature resin inserts of different colors. To my taste, the most appealing among them is the model in white (Ref. 361.PE.9010.RW.1704): the brown and black resin parts just don’t do justice to almost seven hundred clear cut diamonds that adorn the dial, the bezel and the lugs of this beautiful timekeeper.
Just like the sporty Big Bang FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Winners (Ref. 361.SE.2090.RW.1104.NAS11) limited edition timepiece that was presented early this year, the new Gold Full Pave-Set features an oversized body (at least, for a timekeeper, which is designed for a lady that takes care of herself and is always in good shape) 38 millimeters in diameter.
Quite predictably, it is also powered by the same HUB2900 quartz movement. Sporting seven synthetic rubies and offering around two years of power reserve, the movement is as simple as truth, but is also quite dependable, since the most reliable part is the one that is not there, you know. Of course, it would be nice to see an in-house mechanical caliber beating inside this beauty, but at least the quartz mechanism requires much less attention to itself, which is usually limited to a battery change every other year or so.
As it is common for many watchmakers, Hublot doesn’t want to divulge information as to what caliber exactly did they use for to animate the watch (I mean, you probably understand there are just a handful of conglomerates that can afford to make quartz movements and Hublot is not one of them,) but, judging by the movement’s specs, I can assume that this is probably the good old ETA Normflatline 980.106 quartz movement.
The watch features the usual for the Big Bang series set of features, those including resin inserts in the lugs and crown, H-shaped screws in the bezel, partly open-worked hour and minute hands and facetted Arabic numerals and hour markers.
Quite surprisingly, the Gold Full Pave-Set doesn’t arouse that familiar feeling of rejection as the other members of the family. The combination of gold, diamonds and the white resin makes the watch feel lighter and doesn’t scream that usual “I am richer than you, suck it up!” that Hublot watches are so famous for. Also, the choice of materials just feels balanced enough not to raise any
eyebrows negative emotions.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Hublot Big Bang Gold Full Pave-Set (Ref. 361.PE.9010.RW.1704) quartz ladies watch specification
Price: $40,100 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Caliber HUB2900, 43 parts, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 7
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: Approx. 24 months
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case material: Rose gold, 18-carat
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case, with white rubber insert
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 38.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Paved with 261 diamonds (1.68 carats)
Numerals: Arabic, rose gold, facetted
Hour markers: Rose gold
Hands: Rose gold, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: White rubber strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid, engraved