Hublot just released its new watch, which goes by the name Big Bang UNICO GMT. Its unique mechanism was designed by Hublot’s research and development department. It allows simultaneous reading of a second-time-zone, which can be modified when necessary. After years of waiting, we finally have a simple mechanic watch with two time zones.
GMT—Greenwich Mean Time or double time zone—is one of the most popular functions used by owners of high-end watches. It is then, quite logical for Hublot to introduce it in their new watch and cater to their clients who frequently travel around the world.
Despite the large number of affluent costumers who spend lots of time traveling across the skies and oceans, until recently the GMT functionalities in mechanical watches have been complicated and challenging to read. In response to this drawback, Hublot's team came up with a new patented module that allows the user to read the second time zone with ease and modify it when needed, only by pressing a button.
With a 45 mm case diameter, the main dial of the Big Bang Unico GMT offers an authentic skeleton aesthetic, with visible mechanisms and large numbers spread over the perimeter of the dial and the frame. The classic hour and minute hands—large and with a refractory center—emerge from the middle of the watch; the Hublot second hand is decorated in blue. To these three conventional hands, a fourth is added in the shape of an arrow to indicate the second time zone.
This fourth hand is independent; it has no bearing on the general operation of the watch and is managed from two rectangular-shaped buttons located at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock. These perimeter buttons let you advance and delay—from hour to hour—the arrow that indicates the second time zone.
By setting a full GMT module, Hublot presents a very helpful feature. The fourth needle is assisted by a ring in the center of the dial that indicates day or nighttime, so there is no confusion between the AM and PM schedules. The piece is designed so that the conventional hands show the local time, while the extra hand shows the second time zone chosen by the user.
The Hublot Big Bang UNICO GMT is available in two versions: one in polished titanium and satin texture, and another version made of carbon fiber. They both come with antireflective sapphire crystals and 41-jewel automatic mechanism, 22,800 vph, and a 72-hour reserve.
Priced at $9,900 in its titanium version and $23,100 for the carbon fiber version, the Hublot Big Bang UNICO GMT is the perfect timepiece for those world travelers who love a great mechanical watch and need an elegant piece that will tell them me instantly what time it is at home. ■
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