Let´s look back… This was the first decade of Hublot All Black timepieces.

Hublot Big Bang ‘All Black’
Hublot Big Bang ‘All Black’

Ten years ago Hublot presented its very first so called All Black timepiece. The iconic Hublot Big Bang All Black first was strongly criticized by prominent members of the watch-industry and then shamelessly copied. 10 years … 10 watches to discover …

 

When presented in 2006 it appeared to be a real-life scandal in Switzerland. How could a Swiss watch manufacturer dare to present a watch one could not read the time?

Swiss newspapers addressed the topic and asked Jean-Claude Biver: Why? How could he? Biver answered: “There is no need to read the time from this Hublot, I do have a cell phone I can read the time from, but it is absolutely cool to own and wear this Big Bang.”

This was a provocative answer and Biver simply hit the nail on the head.

Yes guys, it was cool, even very cool to own and wear an “All Black” Hublot. The first 250 pieces were sold out in only a view days … 

This by the way was the official announcement done by Hublot in 2006:

“The Hublot Big Bang ‘All Black’ is in keeping with the same visionary spirit, reaching even further beyond the use of new materials with a new extreme design. With its assertive character and powerful aesthetics, the new Big Bang ‘All Black’ is about to set the watchmaking world ablaze with its invisible take on time-telling. A genuine ‘must have’ produced in a Limited Edition of 250 individually numbered pieces.”

 

I have put together for you ten “All Black” Hublot on three pages that represent the first decade of “All Black” timepieces …

 

2006 Hublot Big Bang All Black

 

Hublot Big Bang ‘All Black’
Hublot Big Bang All Black

 

Hublot Big Bang ‘All Black’
Hublot Big Bang All Black

 

Hublot Big Bang ‘All Black’
Hublot Big Bang All Black

 

 

BIG BANG ALL BLACK TECHNICAL DATA SHEET

Case: “Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm. in polished and brushed black ceramic

Bezel: Matt black ceramic with 6 H-shaped titanium screws, sunken, polished and blocked

Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment

Dial: Matt black with black nickel applique numerals and indices

Hand: Faceted in black nickel, black chronograph hand

Logo: Glossy black

Hour circle: Glossy black

Lug disc: Black composite resin

Side inserts: Black composite resin

Back: Titanium with sapphire crystal

Movement: Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding

Hublot calibre HUB44 developed in conjunction with La Joux-Perret

No. of components:   252

Bottom plate: Sanded rhodium-plated

Bridges: Satin-finish chamfered polished

Barrel: With reinforced spring

Screws: Black PVD

Escapement: Glucydur balance spring

Power reserve : 42 hours

Calendar: Trapezoid aperture at 4.30, anthracite back, glossy black numeral

Oscillating weight: Tungsten carbide with dimpled surface treated in black PVD

Crown: With natural black rubber insert

Push-pieces: Rectangular with natural black rubber insert

Water-resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM

Strap: Adjustable natural smooth black rubber with engraved Hublot logo

Clasp: New deployant clasp in black PVD coated steel

Limited Edition: 250 individually numbered pieces

Price: 14.900 CHF in 2006

 

 

 

2007 Hublot Bigger Bang All Black

This was the 48 mm monochrome Column-Wheel Chronograph with Tourbillon (Calibre HUB 1400T) presented in 2007 limited to only 50 pieces and sold for 220.000 CHF at the time being.

In 2007 Hublot´s communication department wrote: “Invisible visibility does exist. Hublot invented it with its Big Bang All Black, which sparked a unanimous acclaim that continues to this day. This year, the watchmaking brand has succeeded in creating invisible transparency with its new Tourbillon, the Bigger Bang All Black. The Chronograph Column Wheel Tourbillon is front of stage again, draped in an invisible black cloak. An extraordinary model and a superb piece of sleight of hand, which illustrates Hublot’s tendency to strip away preconceptions, while remaining true to traditional watchmaking and at the cutting edge of new technology challenges.”

 

Hublot Bigger Bang All Black
Hublot Bigger Bang All Black

 

Hublot Bigger Bang All Black
Hublot Bigger Bang All Black

 

 

 

2008 Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black

 

Only one year later Hublot started the “Aero”-style. The movement was visible through the skeleton-like cut-out dial, and intrigued the wearer while giving the chronograph a new depth. In matching tones, this mono-material 100% ceramic timepiece, broke new ground from the inside while keeping its profile, combining in an unusual design both sharp and round angles.

 

TECHNICAL DATA SHEET

Case “Big Bang” 44.5 mm diameter in black Ceramic polished and satin

Lunette Black Ceramic satin

Crystal Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection interior treatment

Bezel lug Black composite resin

Lateral inserts Black composite resin

Fond Open in black polished ceramic

Crown Satin-finished steel with black rubber insert

Push-pieces Satin-finished steel, rectangular with black rubber insert

Screws Titanium

Water-resistance 100 m or 10 ATM

Dial Black microblasted skeleton-like cut-out with satin-finished black nickel

Hands Black nickel plated, diamond cut chronograph hand with H-shaped counterpoise

Movement Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding

Hublot HUB 4200

Components 252

Rubies 27

Bridges Microblasted, polished with chamfered edges

Screws Black PVD

Oscillating weight Tungsten carbide with dimpled surface, coated with black PVD

Bottom plate Sand-blasted rhodium plated

Barrel With reinforced spring

Escapement Glucydur balance spring

Power reserve 42 hours

 Strap Adjustable smooth black rubber with Hublot logo

Clasp Black PVD steel

Limited Edition 01/500 à 500/500

Price 18.900 CHF in 2008

 

Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black
Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black

 

Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black
Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black

 

 

 

>>> Discover the Hublot All Black timepieces from the year 2009, 2010 and 2011 on page 2

 

 

 

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