Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II Mexico

by Chamath Gamage
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Hublot are well known for creating some unique artistic timepieces for the wrist, and their latest release in collaboration with Sang Bleu is no different. The newest timepiece in Hublot’s long line of mechanical sculptures brings together tattoo art and mysticism along with state-of-the-art technology to create the new limited edition model; Sang Bleu II Mexico. As the name suggests, this model has been specially designed for the Mexican market. 

The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II Mexico was unveiled at the SIAR watch fair and will be produced to a limited run of 50 models. The Sang Bleu II Mexico continues the symbolism Maxime Plescia-Buchi’s work, where this watch reinterprets the ancestral art of tattooing. 

Maxime Plescia-Buchi

Hublot ambassador and Founder of Sang Bleu, Maxime Plescia-Buchi says that “To me, it is mystical worlds and colours that symbolise the incredible country of Mexico. With the engineers at Hublot, I wanted to take this idea and translate it into this new watch.” 

Design:

The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II Mexico features a 45mm frosted green carbon case and bezel. The watch is full of intricate shapes starting from the hexagonal bezel to the interlacing geometric forms criss-cross on the case that leads down to the black rubber strap. The iconic dial of the Big Bang Sang Bleu is retained and adds to the geometric and artistic shapes used throughout the watch. 

Where the reference to the art of tattooing comes in is the green camouflage-like appearance given to the case, bezel and dial. With the watch being mostly dark tones, the green effect manages to still stand out. The watch is also offered in the second choice of green rubber strap provided standard with the watch.

Movement:

The movement used inside is the Hublot in-house calibre HUB1240.MXM Manufacture movement. This movement is a self-winding chronograph fly-back that has sufficient torque to support the weight of the signature hands of the Sang Bleu line. The HUB1240.MXM movement operates at a frequency of 4hz (28, 800 VpH) and comes with a minimum power reserve of approximately 72 hours. The timepiece comes with an open case back in which the movement can be seen, while also having the engraving “SPECIAL EDITION XX/50”.

Green tones have not been used before in the Sang Bleu II line, which certainly makes this piece unique. How the green is interpreted on the watch for the representation of the tattooist work is down to personal choice, but we can’t imagine the limited run of 50 units lasting too long. 

Like Maxime Plescia-Buchi, Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO, is just as ecstatic with this latest creation as he states “Mexico and Hublot have a shared passion. For many years, this market has demonstrated its affinity for our watchmaking expertise. I am delighted that we are able to dedicate this limited edition from the imagination of Sang Bleu to them. A perfect illustration of our Art of Fusion philosophy.”

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