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New Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II Draws Attention to Rhino Conservation

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The new Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI solidifies the partnership between Save Our Rhino Africa India and draws attention to the ongoing need for rhino conservation.

The new Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II is the second time Kevin Pieterson of SORAI (Save Our Rhino Africa India) and Hublot have partnered to raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation.

Limited to 100 pieces in total, a portion of each Hublot Big Bang Unico will be donated to Care for Wild – the largest rhino sanctuary in the world – which SORAI supports.

Hublot Big Bang Sorai II Save Our Rhinos Africa India Edition
The new Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II edition. Credit: Hublot

Currently, poaching remains the single largest threat to the rhino’s existence in Africa. Over two-thirds of the rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger Park have been killed by poachers over the last ten years alone.

Unfortunately, the events of COVID-19 only exacerbated the incidence of poaching as prior to the South African border closing to international travel; day-to-day foreign visitors kept poachers at bay.

Hublot Big Bang Sorai II Green Duo
Part of the proceeds will be donated to SORAI – Save Our Rhino Africa/India. Credit: Hublot

Now, due to a severe shortage of rangers, poachers are free to move around undetected. This interruption of a source of national revenue underlines the extent to which wildlife protection organizations rely on private financial donors and on collaborative and coordinated efforts between local, international, public, and private stakeholders.

Left on their own, an orphaned baby rhinoceros whose parents have been killed by poachers has almost no chance of survival. Care for Wild, the largest rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world, rescues these rhinos and ensures their protection, growth in a secure environment equipped with 24-hour video surveillance monitored by trained security to protect against poachers.

Once the orphans are raised and rehabilitated, Care for Wild releases the rhinos back into their natural habitat, where their development can be monitored.

Choice of two different looking quick-change straps. Credit: Hublot
Choice of two different looking quick-change straps. Credit: Hublot

“On the ground, every day is a battle, a race against time by the teams of dedicated specialists who rescue, rehabilitate, and release these rhinos back into the wild,” shares Kevin Pietersen, Founder of SORAI. We don’t want to lose one of the Big Five, not for us but for our children’s children!”

Hublot Big Bang Sorai II Green Black Straps
45mm Green Ceramic case of the Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II. Credit: Hublot

Following on from the 2019 release of the Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI, which featured a beige/tan color scheme representing the South African bush in winter, this time, the new Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II is inspired by the lush green colors of the South African bush in the summertime, reflected in the shades used on the 45mm matte ceramic case, skeletonized dial and green, and camouflage quick-change straps.

Geometric rhino at the 9 o'clock mark. Credit: Hublot
Geometric rhino at the 9 o’clock mark. Credit: Hublot

A unique geometric rhino found on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock is also a subtle reminder of the purpose of the watch and the need to protect this majestic endangered species for generations to come.

The new Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II is limited to 100 pieces priced at USD$24,100 each and is available from hublot.com.

Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI Technical Specifications

Watch Model

  • Reference 441.GX.5220.NR.SOA21: Big Bang Unico SORAI Limited to 100 pieces

Case

  • Green Ceramic
  • Diameter: 45 mm
  • Height: 15.45 mm
  • Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Dial/Functions/Indications

  • Matt green skeleton dial with geometric gray rhino applique at 9 o’clock

Movement

  • Hublot caliber MHUB1242 UNICO 60-minute chronograph flyback movement
  • Power reserve minimum 72 hours
  • Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)

Strap

  • Camo rubber and green fabric quick-change strap

Price

  • Price of the Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI II Watch: USD$24,100

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IWC Unveils New Portofino 39 Chronograph Trio

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The IWC Shaffhausen Portofino family has expanded with the addition of the new 39 Chronograph edition in three new colors.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Watch Trio
The new IWC Portofino 39 Chronograph watch trio. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen

For over 30 years, IWC’s classic Portofino Collection has represented the laid-back lifestyle of the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its classic round case and uncluttered dial of the “pocket-watch-style wristwatch.”

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph White Detail
Silvered dial with gold hands and markers. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen

Now IWC Shaffhausen has released the Portofino as a 39mm chronograph edition with three new colors: a silver-plated dial with gold hands and markers on a black alligator strap, a green dial with a green alligator strap and a black dial, and gold hands/markers on a brown alligator strap.

Enclosed in a polished stainless steel 39mm case, the Portofino 39 features an elegantly clean dial with delicate leaf-shaped hands and two smaller chronograph sub-dials displaying a 30 minute counter and a seconds subdial.

Along with the chronograph stopwatch functions, the Portofino 39s hacking seconds function also gives the wearer the ability to stop the second’s hand when the crown is pulled out to help synchronize time with a second watch.

Powering the Portofino 39 Chronograph is IWC’s 79350 self-winding movement (based on the modified Valjoux 7750) which offers a 44-hour power reserve.

The all-new IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Collection is currently available online with prices starting at $5,900.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Black Detail
Black dial with gold hands and markers. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Brown Strap

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Hublot Makes a Splash With New Big Bang Unico Summer

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Hublot is making a splash with the new turquoise New Big Bang Unico Summer edition available in select Mediterranean retail stores this Summer.
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The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer edition limited to 200 pieces. Credit: Hublot

Hublot is celebrating the warmer weather with the creation of a new turquoise-colored unisex Big Bang Unico Summer edition.

Made with a 42mm aluminum case, the lightweight Big Bang Summer uses anodized satin-finished and polished aluminum to create a modern colored material that guarantees longevity and protects it from scratches.

The lagoon colored Big Bang Unico Summer on the rubber strap. Credit: Hublot
The lagoon colored Big Bang Unico Summer on the rubber strap. Credit: Hublot

Powered by the UNICO caliber HUB1280 offering a 72-hour power reserve, the new Big Bang Unico Summer features an oscillating seconds clutch, a chronograph friction system with ball-bearing adjustment, and a column wheel that is visible through the dial.

Equipped with Hublot’s patented interchangeable “One Click” attachment system, the Big Bang Unico Summer comes with two turquoise-colored straps: a Velcro strap with matching stitching and matching sports buckle and a natural rubber strap with deployant clasp made with turquoise anodized aluminum with an engraved logo.

Anodized satin-polished case and buckle are hard-wearing and scratch resistant. Credit: Hublot
Anodized satin-polished case and buckle are hard-wearing and scratch resistant. Credit: Hublot

Sharing on the inspiration for the new Big Bang Unico Summer, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe says, “What I love most when traveling is the amazement of the return, wrote Stendhal. This enchantment of the journey that we bring back with us transforms us a little, for the better… And even if daily life has not really changed on our return, our eyes being open to other horizons is enough to lend it new colour.”

“Right from its beginnings, Hublot has adopted a future-focused approach to watchmaking, sparking trends through the many patents it has filed for its innovations. The Big Bang Unico Summer embodies the beauty of our summer experiences. We wanted to give you another shade for this year, to let you relive these magic moments any time you want.”

Priced at US$20,900, the new unisex Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer is limited to 200 pieces and will be available online at hublot.com and in the Mediterranean boutiques in Capri, Forte dei Marmi, Mykonos, Ibiza, Bodrum, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco.

Hublot Big Bang Summer 441 UB 5120 Front

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H. Moser $110,000 Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Revealed

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H. Moser & Cie introduces the $100,000 Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue as the latest limited edition Heritage Collection timepiece.
H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Watch
The limited edition H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

The new H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel timepiece joins the Heritage Centre Seconds and Heritage Tourbillon as the third watch in the Heritage Collection, a line that aims to the past and present can coexist together in watchmaking.

H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Lifestyle
Powered by the HMC800 movement. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

Paying tribute to its perpetual calendar wristwatches conceived by Heinrich Moser in the early 1920s, the Heritage timepieces combine classic elements like the rounded case inspired by pocket watches from a bygone era with modern “know-how” as demonstrated in Moser’s modern fumé dials and high-end movements.

Encased in a 42mm white gold round case with blue “cloisonné” enameling, guilloche engraving, the new timepiece also introduces a new shade of Grand Feu enamel fumé dial – Midnight Blue – and is complemented by elegant Roman numerals in white, swallow-tail hands, and a fine line railroad minute track encircling the dial.

H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Front & Back
White gold case and Grand Feu enamel fumé dial in Midnight Blue. Credit: H. Moser & Cie

Rather than crowd the dial with windows, the H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar uses a small arrow and the 12 indices to represent the month. Additionally, the Perpetual Calendar can be adjusted forwards or backward at any time of the day without risk to the movement. Thanks to the “Flash Calendar” system, the date changes instantaneously at midnight (taking into account months with 30 or 31 days and leap years).

H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Side Detail
Limited to 20 pieces in total. Credit: H. Moser & Cie

Turning the watch over, H. Moser & Cie’s hand-wound HMC 800 movement is visible through the sapphire case-back and provides a guaranteed power reserve of 7 days, and is water-resistant to 3ATM.

The H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel is limited to 20 pieces, priced at USD$110,000 and available from www.h-moser.com.

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