• cal. HUB 1400CT twin spring barrel movement, manual wind movement, 33 jewels, one-minute flying fifths tourbillon, compensation balance • skeletonized dial, outer black tracking, eccentric subsidiary dials for 60-second chronograph indication 30-minute register, arch-form 5-day power reserve indication, tourbillon carriage visible at 6 o'clock • black ceramic bezel and case, single rectangular chronograph pusher, sapphire crystal display back secured by six screws • case, dial and movement signed • stainless steel Hublot deployant clasp • box, packaging
The brand Hublot was founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco. His concept was to design a watch that would break with the traditional watchmaking of the past and create a modern classic using diverse materials. For 25 years Hublot's production would remain faithful to this design throughout all of its different collections.
In 2004 Jean-Claude Biver, who had made a name for himself at the helm of Blancpain, succeeded Crocco as the CEO of Hublot. He surprised the luxury watch industry with this move by joining a firm considered by some to be of a lesser caliber. For him it was a perfect fit, as Hublot would offer him the opportunity to realize his vision of a watch that incorporated the fusion of various high-tech metals and materials, which would become the company's trademark.
In a 2006 interview with WatchTime Magazine, Biver stated that his goal was not only to use fusion in the aesthetics of the case and band design, but to go deeper and create new forms of 'mechanical watch technology.... Fusion would be synonymous with the tradition of the future.'
Hublot introduced the 'Bigger Bang' tourbillon in 2006. Three series were made in total: one with a platinum case and black ceramic bezel, another with 18k 'red' gold case with black ceramic bezel (such as the following lot), and a third with black ceramic case and bezel (such as the present lot). Each was produced in a limited series of 18 pieces.
The flying tourbillon carriage with three lightning-bolt-style arms measures 13¼ mm. It functions without ball bearings and is raised 2.80 mm above the bottom base plate, creating the impression that it is suspended in mid air.
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