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New Limited Editions of Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Released

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The Hublot Sang Bleu II was first released in late 2019 and now in early 2020 we have new limited editions released.

  • 2016 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu released
  • 2019 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II released
  • 2020 New Sang Bleu II limited editions released

What and who is Sang Bleu?

In 2014, Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi opened his London based tattoo studio, Sang Bleu. The direct translation of Sang Bleu is “blue blood” and Maxime chose this as a fitting name for a business that mixes blood, colour and ink.

Aside from the name’s subliminal hint to tattooing, Sang Bleu, “blue blood” refers to nobility—its origins based on the medieval belief that the blood of the noble class was indeed blue. While talking to a popular digital magazine, Maxime elaborated on the name choice, “I just wanted to show together all the things I thought were noble and beautiful with disregard for the usual cultural and social categories of what is glorified as fine or frowned upon as underground or marginal cultures.”

Maxime Plescia Buchi in Los Angeles with Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II
Maxime Plescia-Büchi founder of Sang Bleu Agency. Credit: Hublot

Hublot Sang Bleu history

Back In 2016, Maxime’s first collaboration with Hublot was to create the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu.

More recently in September 2019, Maxime headed to Los Angeles to exhibit another new Hublot watch he had designed, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II. The new Big Bang Sang Bleu II was designed to be the horological expression of a tattoo, set in motion with timeless precision, unifying materials and crafts through geometry by Sang Bleu’s founder.

Touted as more ambitious than the original Big Bang Sang Bleu launched in 2016, the 2019 Big Bang Sang Bleu II features a case with more finely chiselled lines conveyed in three dimensions and molded onto the interchangeable bracelet. The hands – two elongated diamonds and an arrow – are stylized fragments of tattoos, set above a hypnotic chronographic movement. This edition saw the watch featured a matt black dial and black rubber strap.

The design of the original Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu
The first design or the original Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu. Credit: Hublot
The design of the newer Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II
The design of the newer Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II. Credit: Hublot
maxime plescia-buchi designs the hublot big bang sang bleu II watch
Maxime Plescia-Buchi designs the Sang Bleu II watch. Credit: Hublot

A couple of months later in November, Maxime headed to Russia where he launched a super exclusive new ladies version of Big Bang Sang Bleu. Limited to just 50 examples, the watch was produced to only be available for purchase in Russia and named the Big Bang One Click Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise.

Its turquoise blue dial is framed with a hexagonal bezel set with 48 diamonds while the interwoven geometric shapes extend from the dial and along the 39 mm diameter steel case. The watch is also paired with a turquoise blue calfskin leather strap from Schedoni, which also features lines traced by Maxime Plescia-Büchi. The strap features the One Click system, a patented attachment system that makes it easy to make bold style statements by simplifying strap changes.

The design of the exclusive Russia only Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise
The Russia only, ladies edition, Hublot Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise. Credit: Hublot

Latest limited editions

Now in 2020 a new limited edition of the Sang Bleu II has been released. These latest versions fully embrace the interpretation of “Blue Blood” and are predominantly blue, just like the ink used by Maxime’s tattoo studio. A new matt blue colour appears on the dials (previously black) with the option to pair the case with the traditional black or new blue strap, embellished by a web of geometric lines that also criss-cross the hands, bezel and case. The watch is available in titanium or King Gold, with or without stone setting and boasting a generous diameter of 45 mm. The case houses a Unico manufacture movement, the HUB1240 automatic chronograph, and offers a 72-hour power reserve.

The design of the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu with blue dials
The latest limited editions feature a matt blue dial with optional blue strap. Credit: Hublot

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Gift Idea for Porsche Fans: The Luft Book Volume 2

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The perfect gift for Porsche fans, The Luft Book V2 is the second volume that celebrates the unique vintage air-cooled Porsche gathering known as Luftgekühlt.
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The new Luft Book Volume 2. Credit: Luftgekühlt

The perfect gift for Porsche fans, Luft Book V2 is the second edition that celebrates the unique vintage air-cooled Porsche gathering known as Luftgekühlt (or Luft for short) in all of its colorful glory.

With over 248 pages of outstanding photography from the likes of Larry Chen, Nevin Pontius, and Vince Perraud, The Luft Book V2 captures magical moments from Luft 4 through to the latest Luft 6 and the story behind them.

The Luft Book V2 Luftgekuhlt Bicester
Capturing the moments of Luft 4 through to Luft 6. Credit: Luftgekühlt

Founded by Porsche factory driver and two-time Le Mans winner Patrick Long, Luftgekühlt is a living art gallery of sorts that first began as a casual gathering of 12 vintage air-cooled Porsche enthusiasts and fast took on a life of its own with the latest Luft 6 being held at Universal Studios and being attended by almost 400 vehicles.

The Luft Book V2 Luftgekuhlt
Celebrating all that’s great about air-cooled vintage Porsche’s. Credit: Luftgekühlt

Taking the time to precisely place participants air-cooled Porsche’s in the most visually pleasing locations; annual Luft events regularly attract visitors both young and old. It’s not unlikely to see the likes of fellow Porsche fans comedian Jerry Seinfeld or actor Patrick Dempsey browsing the cars on show.

The Luft Book V2 Page
Designed, produced and printed in California. Credit: Luftgekühlt

Having now made the jump across the pond to Great Britain and Germany, Luft has become a well-loved global treat for Porsche lovers, and this book seeks to do justice in visual form.

The Luft Book Volume 2
– Designed, produced and printed in California
– Complete with sleeve and stylized box.
– Limited first print run available.
– Intro by: Patrick Long
– Photography by: Larry Chen, Nevin Pontious, Vince Perraud, and more…
– Book Design by: Jeff Zwart and Ralph Hermens
– Words by: Joshy Robots

The Luft Book V2 is US$140 and includes free standard ground shipping in continental US for all orders placed at https://shop.luftgekuhlt.com before December 11 2020.

The Luft Book V2 Aerial View
Limited edition with sleeve and stylized box. Credit: Luftgekühlt

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Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 Physical Event Canceled Due to COVID-19

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Watches & Wonders Geneva have announced the 2021 physical event will be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but will still host an online digital event April 7-13, 2021.
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Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 will be a digital-only event once again. Credit: W&W

For the second time this year, event organizers of the newly launched Watches & Wonders show have contended with the ramifications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have now announced the cancellation of the Watches & Wonders 2021 event in Geneva, Switzerland.

The inaugural Watches & Wonders Geneva was originally set to launch in April this year but was rescheduled to 2021 as travel, and governmental restrictions made it unfeasible to continue with plans for a live event. As an alternative, Watches & Wonders organizers Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie pivoted to a digital event and instead hosted the online launches for the participating watch houses.

Hopeful the pandemic would have eased, and participants could soon travel and gather again, Watches & Wonders was rescheduled to 2021. Unfortunately, organizers have now announced the 2021 event has also befallen the same fate and will now be a digital-only event.

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Watches & Wonders promises to return bigger than ever in 2022. Credit: W&W

“In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Exhibitor Committee has decided to cancel the physical Salon that would have been held at Palexpo from April 7 to 13, 2021. The decision, taken in close consultation with the principal stakeholders, is seen as the most responsible course of action, given the current health crisis and uncertainties as to how the situation may evolve.”

While the 2021 digital event will still offer plenty of new releases from watch brands and a range of interactive activities for media, retailers, and exhibiting brand’s clients, Watches & Wonders organizers have promised the 2022 edition will be the largest watch event ever held in Geneva and are looking forward to welcoming everyone in person.

The newly-formed “HourUniverse” by the same organizers of the collapsed BaselWorld was also scheduled to be held in Geneva simultaneously with Watches & Wonders, so it remains to be seen how this impacts their decision on holding a live event in 2021.

Participating Watch Brands for Watches & Wonders 2021 Digital Event

A. LANGE & SÖHNE
ARMIN STROM
ARNOLD & SON
BAUME & MERCIER
BOVET
CARTIER
CHANEL
CHOPARD
FABERGÉ
FERDINAND BERTHOUD
GIRARD-PERREGAUX
GRÖNEFELD
H. MOSER & CIE.
HERMES
HYT
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN
JAEGER-LECOULTRE
LAURENT FERRIER
MB&F
MONTBLANC
PANERAI
PARMIGIANI
PATEK PHILIPPE
PIAGET
PURNELL
REBELLION TIMEPIECES
RESSENCE
ROLEX
ROGER DUBUIS
RUDIS SYLVA
SPEAKE-MARIN
TUDOR
ULYSSE NARDIN
VACHERON CONSTANTIN

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MB&F FrogX Reimagines 10th Anniversary of HM3 Frog Watch

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Initially launched in 2010, the new MB&F FrogX watch celebrates the 10th anniversary of the brand’s most popular model.
MB&F HM3 FrogX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition. Credit: MB&F
MB&F HM3 FrogX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition. Credit: MB&F

Ten years ago, MB&F introduced the amphibious inspired HM3 Frog in all its bug-eyed glory. It was one of the brand’s best sellers throughout its five-year run. Featuring two large “eyes” that rotated to display the hours and minutes and a broad grinning “smile,” MB&F’s Frog pushed the boundaries of design and looked ready to jump at a moment.

The turquoise edition with white alligator strap. Credit: MB&F
The turquoise edition with white alligator strap. Credit: MB&F

Now to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its creation, MB&F has created a special limited edition FrogX in three different colors with a new sapphire crystal case and a “secret that appears only under the right light”.

The amphibious "horological machine" in Purple. Credit: MB&F
The amphibious “horological machine” in Purple. Credit: MB&F

Like the previous Frog edition, two paper-thin domes milled out of light-weight black anodized aluminum indicate the hours and minutes and are housed under two sapphire crystal domes. What is different with the new FrogX model is that the entire case has now been crafted out of sapphire crystal (instead of only the domes combined with a metal case).

MB&F Frog X Purple 10th Anniversary Front Back
The FrogX case is made entirely out of sapphire crystal. Credit: MB&F

On both editions of the Frog, the curvature of the domed “eyes” has to be exactly right and the thickness of the crystal strictly controlled throughout so as not to distort the time display. With the new FrogX, however, the two sapphire domes are fused to the sapphire crystal upper case body, creating an additional level of difficulty.

MB&F Frog X Turquoise 10th Anniversary Front Back

Machining and polishing each case of HM3 FrogX requires weeks of intensive and meticulous work, a time-frame that would be significantly multiplied if not for MB&F’s experience in sapphire crystal design dating back to 2005.

Incorporating the distinctive HM3 engine built by watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, the FrogX still offers the wearer an uninterrupted view of the 22K gold and titanium winding rotor and the oscillations of the balance wheel but has forgone the date display to ensure the MegaWind rotor and domes are given enough real-estate on the dial.

Black line markers indicate the correct hour and minutes. Credit: MB&F
Black line markers indicate the correct hour and minutes. Credit: MB&F

To make it easier to read the time at night, the dome numbers are coated with Super-Luminova and appear like two glowing eyes of a wild tree frog peering out of the darkness in the Amazon.

MB&F Frog X Purple 10th Anniversary Night
Super-LumiNova coated numbers to assist with telling the time at night. Credit: MB&F

Another unique attribute of the FrogX is the secret MB&F battle-axe “signal” that appears at just the right angle thanks to some clever light-sculpting techniques by Swiss company Rayform.

MB&F Frog X 10th Anniversary Blue Lifestyle
The secret battle-axe signal that appears at the right angle. Credit: MB&F

Using the FrogX’s crown (usually engraved with MB&F’s iconic battle-axe insignia), the smoothly polished crown has instead been sculpted at microscopic levels that allow light to be reflected in a highly specific way. By micro-forming a metal surface at levels nearly imperceptible to the human eye, Rayform’s technology allows direct incident light beams to be reflected in the battle-axe shape that can be viewed on any relatively uniform surface.

If you look closely you can see the battle-axe signal underneath. Credit: MB&F
If you look closely you can see the battle-axe signal underneath. Credit: MB&F

Limited to 10 pieces of each of the three versions (blue, purple or turquoise), the HM3 FrogX 10th anniversary limited editions are priced at CHF 138,000 each (approx USD$150,000) and available through retailers and MB&F directly.

MB&F Frog X 10th Anniversary Trio

MB&F HM3 FrogX Details

Variants

  • Sapphire Crystal case with blue dial plate
  • Sapphire Crystal case with purple dial plate
  • Sapphire Crystal case with turquoise dial plate

Engine

  • 3D Horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/ Agenhor on Girard-Perregaux GP03300 base
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Balance frequency: 4Hz / 28,800 bph
  • Number of components: 277
  • Number of jewels: 36

Functions / Indications

  • Hours on one dome and minutes on second dome
  • “Secret message” crown that reflects light rays to project MB&F battle-axe icon

Case

  • Material: Sapphire Crystal
  • Dimensions: 48.3 mm x 52.7 mm x 17.5 mm
  • Number of components: 70
  • Water resistance: 90ft / 30m / 3 ATM

Strap & Buckle

  • Hand-stitched alligator strap with titanium folding buckle

Price

  • MB&F HM3 FrogX Price: CHF 149,000 + VAT / USD$152,000 + tax / EUR 138,000 + tax

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