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The $348,000 Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Edition Revealed

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Hublot’s latest rainbow watch is the Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold edition, featuring 290 baguette-cut gemstones set in Hublot’s 18ct “King Gold”.
The US$348,000 Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Edition. Credit: Hublot
The US$348,000 Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Edition. Credit: Hublot

Hublot has revealed their new $348,000 Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold edition and it’s an even more colorful upgrade of last years model, made possible by the full use of baguette-cut gemstones across the entire case and dial.

Featuring 290 precious gemstones invisibly set into a Hublot’s “King Gold” (a pink gold alloy created using 18ct gold and platinum), the rainbow shades of the latest edition are achieved through the careful selection of rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, tsavorites and orange and yellow sapphires. The brilliant rainbow colors also extend to the alligator and rubber strap, finished with an equally dazzling embellished gemstone buckle.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Closeup
Created with 290 baguette-cut gemstones. Credit: Hublot

“It requires meticulousness, expertise and dexterity to obtain this harmonious gradation of the gemstones and create a perfect connection between the emotion they arouse and the watchmaking technique,” shared Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. “Draughtsmen, gemologists, and setters worked together to achieve this setting in which pink gold is present only to gently emphasize the contours. The Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow condenses the purity and precision of these incredible professions.”

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Black

For the curious that don’t have the time (or inclination) to count the gemstones themselves, the 290 baguette-cut jewels are distributed across the watch in the following way:

  • 100 gemstones are set into the 45mm case.
  • 112 gems surround the bezel.
  • 48 gems are used to create the dial and indexes 
  • 30 jewels are found on the buckle clasp.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Buckle
The gem-encrusted buckle clasp of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold watch. Credit: Hublot

Powered by the UNICO HUB1242 caliber, Hublot’s own automatic flyback chronograph mechanism developed and manufactured in-house, the Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold watch has a frequency of 4hz/28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Side Bezel
Featuring Hublot’s “King Gold” made from 18K gold and platinum. Credit: Hublot

Priced at USD$348,000, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold edition is considerably more expensive than the average Big Bang Unico watch. Although it has not been launched as a limited edition, it’s safe to say the colorful timepiece will still be a rarity in anyone’s collection. 

For more information, visit www.hublot.com

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates 90th Anniversary of the Reverso Watch

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Luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has celebrated 90 years of the Reverso watch with a special 90th-anniversary edition and a luxury coffee table book from Assouline.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano celebrates 90 years of the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano celebrates 90 years of the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Initially created at the height of the Art Deco period, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso watch was created in 1931 for “sporting gentlemen” (specifically polo players) and designed with a reversible case to protect the glass face from physical contact.

Now 90 years on and well over 50 different calibers and hundreds of dials later, Jaeger-Coultre are celebrating the watches 90th anniversary with a special anniversary edition and a luxury coffee table book produced in collaboration with luxury publisher Assouline.

New Assouline luxury coffee table book pays tribute to the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
New Assouline luxury coffee table book pays tribute to the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Detailing the colorful history of one of the world’s most recognizable watches, horological historian Nicholas Foulkes tells the fascinating story of the founders of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Reverso’s evolution over the last nine decades, and explores the stories of over a dozen Reverso owners.

Reverso Assouline Book Turning Book
Reverso Assouline Book Turning Book Jewels

For watch owners wanting to join the celebrations, the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 90th-anniversary edition watch features a burgundy-red dial on one side (inspired by the early use of color in Reverso’s) and a silver-colored circular design with Clous de Paris guilloche on the reverse, all housed in a with and pink gold case with an original strap designed by Casa Fagliano, the world-famous Argentinian maker of polo boots.

Dual-time zone with burgundy-red and white guilloche engraved faces. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Dual-time zone with burgundy-red and white guilloche engraved faces. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Combining the dual-time zone complication of the Duoface with the simplicity of the Tribute collection, the new timepiece is powered by the hand-wound Calibre 854A/2 and has a power reserve of 42 hours.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Strap
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is limited to 190 watches. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is limited to 190 pieces, priced at US$23,900 and available through boutiques only.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre: Reverso coffee table book by Assouline is priced at US$195 and will be available from the February 1st.

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H Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Edition Limited to 20 Pieces

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The new limited edition H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon in Titanium features an Electric Blue dial and costs CHF 330,000.
H M Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Watch
H Moser & Cie Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon in Titanium with Electric Blue dial. Credit: H Moser & Cie

H.Moser & Cie’s latest watch is a refreshing update of their minimalistic Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon watch first released at Baselworld 2019, only this time, it’s gained a bright Electric Blue dial and a lightweight titanium case.

By completely removing all logo’s and markings from the Electric Blue sunburst dial, the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon follows in the footsteps of previous “Concept” designs and first draws focus to the spinning tourbillon located at 6 o’clock. Visible behind a skeletonized bridge, the flying tourbillon is fitted to a ball bearing that improves the accuracy and chronometry, making it appear as if it is floating effortlessly above the Electric Blue dial.

H M Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Watch Hands
“A feast for not only the eyes but the ears as well”. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Described by H. Moser & Cie as a “feast for not only the eyes, but the ears as well”, the aforementioned focus on the tourbillon of the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon is interrupted only by the chiming of the hours, quarter hours and minutes by the two hammers and gongs located on the dial side. This is a rather unusual placing (as they are more often located on the movement side) and one requiring a certain level of finesse to achieve so as not to interfere with the flying tourbillon.

The new titanium 33mm case ensures it is not only lightweight, but that the durable metal is not stressed by the regular ringing on the hours, quarter-hours and minutes created by the two gongs, continuing to produce a beautiful tone with each chime.

H M Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Watch Vertical
The striking and simplified “Concept” dial. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Powered by the hand-wound HMC 903 calibre with a power reserve of 90 hours, the watch is finished with a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with red lining.

H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon in Titanium with Electric Blue dial is priced at CHF 330,000 (approx. US$370,000) and limited to 20 pieces.

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Jacob & Co Releases Four New Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon Watch Editions

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Jacob & Co have released four new editions of the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch featuring sapphire crystal, 18ct Rose Gold, 18ct White Gold, and baguette-cut diamonds.
Updated Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon New Collection
New Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch releases. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti

Earlier this year, New York-based jeweler Jacob & Co collaborated with the French car manufacturer Bugatti to create a Chiron supercar inspired watch. Now to coincide with the holiday season, four new editions of the Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch designs have been created using entirely new materials.

Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – Sapphire Crystal

The new sapphire crystal edition is created from a solid block of sapphire crystal and is secured on a blue or white rubber strap with a titanium buckle. The case back is also sapphire crystal, along with sapphire crystal crowns and pushers.

Sapphire crystal edition with white strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Sapphire crystal edition with white strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Sapphire crystal edition with blue strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Sapphire crystal edition with blue strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – 18ct Rose Gold

Limited to 72 pieces, the new Rose Gold edition features an 18ct Rose Gold case on a black rubber strap. It also features a special anti-reflective sapphire crystal and an 18ct Rose Gold open case back with black DLC titanium crowns and pushers embossed with the Bugatti logo.

The 18ct Rose Gold edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
The 18ct Rose Gold edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – 18ct Rose Gold & White Baguette-Cut White Diamonds

Limited to 52 pieces, the 18ct Rose Gold & Baguette-Cut White Diamond edition is an option that features sparkling white diamonds and is secured on a rubber strap with an 18ct rose gold buckle clasp. The case back, crowns and pushers are also made of 18ct rose gold and set with baguette-cut white diamonds – embellished with an embossed Bugatti logo.

The 18ct Rose Gold with baguette-cut white diamonds edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
The 18ct Rose Gold with baguette-cut white diamonds edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – 18ct White Gold & White/Black Baguette-Cut Diamonds

The final version has been created using 18ct White Gold, and the case is set with 291 black and white diamonds (approximately 20 carats in total). The 18ct White Gold version also features another 18 white diamonds (approximately 1.76 carats) on the crowns, pushers, and white gold buckle clasp.

Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon with 18ct White Gold and White/Black Diamonds. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon with 18ct White Gold and baguette-cut white/black diamonds. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti

Carrying on with the same case shape and tiny animated replica of Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine beating at the heart of the Tourbillon, the timepiece features a stunning movement in all versions of the watch, comprised of 578 components and is powered by a flying tourbillon movement, inclined at 30 degrees.

The miniature Bugatti “engine” comes to life once the right-hand crown of the timepiece is pushed. Just like the engine in the hyper sports car would come to life, the ‘crankshaft’ in the watch – one of the smallest and most complicated watch parts ever manufactured, made out of solid steel – turns and the ‘pistons’ pump up and down, mounted at varying angles to add to the complexity.

The movement is held in place in four places by miniature Chiron-style shock absorbers, appearing as though floating inside the case and can be observed moving slightly up and down. This suspension detail created an additional challenge for the watch designers, who had to develop and patent a unique automotive-inspired transverse system to ensure the movement in the case doesn’t damage the crown posts.

The crowns are found at the bottom of the case. The left crown sets the time, the middle crown winds the movement and animation for 60 hours of power reserve, while the push of the right-hand crown starts the animation. The power reserve for the animation and timekeeping are separate, yet both are wound through the winding crown – clockwise for the movement (60 hours), counterclockwise for the engine animation (approximately three activations). The power reserve for the movement even features the universal gas pump symbol on the side of the gauge.

Although no prices were announced as part of the release, if the previous release was anything to go by, it will be well above the $280,000 asking price of the previous non-diamond encrusted versions.

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