Hublot is the undisputed king of sapphire cased watches, and for several reasons. First of all, they can create sapphire in different colors, like blue and yellow. Producing sapphire cases, in general, is still not an easy task. The few brands that offer sapphire cased watches usually only make about two dozen of them or so in a limited edition. However, this type of watches is probably the only one where being able to produce them in ‘volume’ is more difficult than making just a few. Hublot also doesn’t do that with just a single watch but offers an entire collection of sapphire cased watches, of which all have shapes that are complex to make. This also goes for the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire, which offers the clear advantage of sapphire, to Hublot’s signature watch.
Hublot‘s watches normally have a tendency of looking very high-tech and avant-garde. The sapphire case of this Big Bang adds to that as it allows you to see the HUB 1242 UNICO manufacture movement not only from the front and the back but also from the sides. One of the things that you immediately notice is the beautiful finishing on all the individual parts. Being a front-runner in the industry, Hublot opted for a more high-tech, dark colored finish opposed to the traditional decorations often found on Swiss watches. This manufacture movement ticks all the boxes connoisseurs want from a high-end chronograph, as it features not only a column wheel and a vertical clutch but a flyback function as well. All this, while offering a generous power reserve of 72 hours.
The beauty of sapphire goes beyond the fact that you can see straight through it. It is also light, very scratch resistant, and heats up to body temperature in an instance. This makes the Hublot Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire very comfortable to wear, especially combined with the black rubber strap. This is also a nice match with the skeleton dial and the dark-colored movement underneath it. Red details add a certain dynamic to the design, but despite this is the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire quite understated for what it is. Even its diameter, which is a generous 45mm, seems smaller because of the case material. All combined has this watch rightfully become a benchmark in the field of sapphire cased watches.