BIG BANG UNICO SAPPHIRE A LIMITED EDITION SAPPHIRE SKELETONIZED FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2016
30,000 - 50,000 USD
BIG BANG UNICO SAPPHIRE
A LIMITED EDITION SAPPHIRE SKELETONIZED FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2016
Caliber: cal. HUB1242 UNICO automatic, 38 jewels
Case: sapphire, sapphire crystal display back secured by six screws
Case Number: No. 214/500; 1'184'804
Closure: titanium Hublot folding clasp
Size: 45 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Hublot presentation box and USB product literature
Case: Case in overall very good condition with some dirt visible on crystal case. The watch is with a clear rubber Hublot strap with some light wear.
Dial: The dial is in overall very good condition.
Movement: Chronograph functions are operational. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Created for the Baselworld in 2016, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire automatic flyback chronograph wristwatch is the watchmaking milestone for its complex and mesmerizing case design.
Hublot created 500 (this is watch number 214) Big Bang Unico Sapphire models cut straight from blocks of sapphire, a material which is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond. It is extremely difficult to machine and many watch brands have only reserved sapphire for one-of-a-kind pieces or very exclusive collections, such as the Richard Mille 56-02 which is only limited to 10 pieces. Nonetheless, Hublot has taken on the challenge and asserted its expertise in sapphire cutting by interpreting it in a "large collection" of 500 pieces. The dial is constructed from transparent resin enabling you to see the caliber Unico HUB1242 flyback chronograph movement.
According to our research, this is only the second time a Big Bang Unico Sapphire being offered in public auction.