The luxury watchmaker will introduce the bizarre Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang (ref. 341.CV.7517.VR.1975) ladies watch at the upcoming SIHH 2013 trade show. Available later next year in three limited edition versions, the watch will be presented in rose gold, as well as in white and black ceramic. The latter looks the best. Period.
Inspired by the famous African equids that managed to evolve themselves a nice black and white camouflage, the watch comes in the familiar striped black and white pattern that on closer inspection resembles cocaine stripes on black velvet rather than animal skin. Interesting.
Of course, the black and white motif adorns not only its dial and the calfskin leather strap, but its anodized aluminum bezel, too. As other high-jewelry Big Bang models, the bezel is fixed to the case with six H-shaped screws and is set with 17 irregularly placed clear topazes and 31 black spinels.
To further emphasize the contrast, the polished black ceramic body is equipped with steel setting crown and chronograph push-pieces all of them featuring black rubber inserts.
Quite predictably, the chosen camo-style pattern makes reading time a tad difficult even despite the hands being rhodium-plated and the standard facetted hour markers replaced with eight diamonds totaling some 0.14 carats. Adding insult to injury, Hublot decided to skip on Superluminova, too.
Unlike their recent Hublot Big Bang Gold Full Pave-Set (Ref. 361.PE.9010.RW.1704) model that featured a simple quartz movement, this new Zebra Bang comes powered by a more advanced Caliber HUB4300 automatic chronograph movement that also brings you a simple calendar (you can see the signature trapezoidal aperture between four and five hours) and has a pretty much standard power reserve of 42 hours.
Issued in a massive body around 41 millimeters wide, the watch may be considered too big for some, but it will still look daringly beautiful on almost any wrist.
According to Hublot’s official press release, the watch will be issued in three versions, each one limited to just 250 individually numbered pieces. Price is still to be revealed*.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
See also: Hublot The Baby Million Big Bang 44mm Haute Joaillerie Chronograph Automatic (Ref. 301.WX.1170.WX.9804)
* UPDATE ON PRICE: The watch will retail for approximately $30,500 (will depend on what part of the world you live in.) While certainly far from being affordable, it is at least partially justified by the expensive material the case is fashioned from and the overall build quality. Still, it may be a good idea to wait a little and try to find one of these at a good discount during the inevitable Christmas sales.
Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang Chronograph in Black Ceramic (Ref. 341.CV.7517.VR.1975) Automatic watch specification
Price: $30,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber HUB 4300, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 37
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Black ceramic
Bezel material: Black anodized aluminum, set with 17 colorless topazes and 31 black baguette-cut spinels
Crown material: Stainless steel with black rubber insert
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black and white
Hour markers: Diamonds (total 0.14 carats)
Hands: Rhodium-plated, open-worled
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber with black stitching on black PVD steel deployant buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Titanium, engraved