- Micro-blasted black ceramic cases
- Black ceramic bezels
- Anti-reflective sapphire glass
- Black rubber strap
Hublot's Pitch Black Models
The Swiss manufacturer Hublot
is known for their distinctive porthole design
with a wide, screw-down bezel. The Black Magic is no exception. The Black Magic is not a collection itself, but rather a style found in several Hublot collections.
Big Bang 44 mm
The flagship watch from Hublot is the Big Bang
, a large polygonal watch following in the steps of the Royal Oak Offshore
from Audemars Piguet. The Hublot watch first premiered in 2005 and quickly won many awards. The Big Bang Black Magic
is an all-black variant of the Big Bang. There have been many different versions over the years. One of the most common versions has the reference number 301.CI.1770.RX and is a chronograph
with three subdials in a tricompax layout.
The 44-mm case has a thickness of 14.5 mm. It's made of black ceramic, just like the bezel
. The case is held in place with visible screws. The hands and indices are filled with a white luminous material, making them the brightest components of this otherwise dark watch. It has a black rubber strap as well, which is quite typical of Hublot. Hublot has received a lot of attention for combining rubber straps
and unusual case materials, a trend Carlo Crocco began in 1980. The Black Magic watches continue this tradition.
The Unico Black Magic
(reference number 411.CI.1170.RX) is part of the successful Big Bang series. Like the other Black Magic watches, it's completely black. It is powered by an automatic chronograph movement with a flyback function
. The in-house caliber
HUB1242 is visible through the skeletonized dial. The Unico Black Magic has a 45-mm case and the bezel is also made of matte black ceramic. The watch is held on your wrist by a lined black rubber strap.
The Classic Fusion
is a more conservative timepiece than the Big Bang and also has a Black Magic version as well. It's available in sizes ranging from 33 mm to 45 mm, suitable for both men and women. Black ceramic
is also used for the case and bezel, which is attached to the case by six visible titanium screws. The 45-mm version has the reference number 511.CM.1771.RX and is powered by the automatic caliber HUB1112. It has a date display at three o'clock and a 42-hour power reserve.
The Classic Fusion Black Magic's matte dial is made of carbon and the use of appliques creates a diagonal chessboard pattern. The black lined rubber strap is finer than that of the Unico Black Magic. One version of the black Classic Fusion Black Magic has an 18-karat red gold bezel. The gold gives the watch (reference number 511.CO.1780.RX) a much different look. The hands and indices are also made of red gold. The chronograph version is powered by the caliber HUB1143 and also features red gold push-pieces.
Despite its name, the Aerofusion is not actually a pilot's watch. Rather, its name refers to its design. The timepiece belongs to the Classic Fusion collection. The dial is skeletonized, and the visible graphite gray and black movement parts follow the style of the Black Magic line. The Aerofusion is available with complications such as a chronograph (reference number 525.CM.0170.RX and caliber HUB1155) and a moon phase display (517.CX.0170.LR and caliber HUB1131). Both have 45-mm cases and are made of black ceramic.
With a 48-mm case, the King Power is one of Hublot's largest men's watches. The Black Magic version of the King Power is available with a rather rare complication. It has a foudroyante at nine o'clock, a subdial with a hand that makes a complete rotation every second. It's a part of the watch's chronograph function and allows you to time 1/8ths of seconds. The movement vibrates at a frequency of 28,800 A/h (4 Hz).
Big Bang King
There's also a Black Magic version of the Big Bang King, the diving watch in the Big Bang series. Hublot has stopped producing the Big Bang King, but it's still easy to acquire, even new. The King is waterproof to 300 m and has a unidirectional rotatable bezel. Wide, luminous hour and minute hands as well as a red second hand put the finishing touches on this timepiece, which you can find under the reference number 312.CM.1120.RX.
Spirit of Big Bang
The Spirit of Big Bang catches your attention with its tonneau case. Hublot has been producing it since 2014 and gave it its own collection. The manufacturer also offers a Black Magic version with a skeletonized dial and chronograph movement. Its reference number is 601.CI.0173.RX.
How much do Black Magic watches cost?
||Three-hand watch with date display
|Big Bang King
|Big Bang 44 mm
|Big Bang Unico
|Spirit of Big Bang
|Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar
If the Black Magic watches are calling to you, then the Classic Fusion would be a good entry watch. Prices for the relatively simple three-hand model with a date display start around 6,000 euros new, while the chronograph version costs about 1,500 euros more. You should be prepared to spend around 9,000 euros for the version with red gold accents.
Prices for a pre-owned Big Bang King start around 7,000 euros. New, they can cost over 10,000 euros.
If you can spend around 11,000 euros on a Black Magic, then you have the choice between the Aerofusion and the 44-mm Big Bang. Both are chronographs, although the Aerofusion has a skeletonized dial. If you want to watch your movement in action, then this timepiece is perfect for you. The 44-mm Big Bang, on the other hand, is more legible than the Aerofusion and more practical.
Prices for the King Power Black Magic range from 15,000 to 20,000 euros depending on the version. The unusual foudroyante chronographs are at the upper end of this price range.
Do you prefer tonneau watches? A new black Spirit of Big Bang costs around 18,000 euros.
Intricate complications drive up the prices of luxury watches. A Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar
Black Magic costs around 40,000 euros
new. It's the most expensive Black Magic watch and has the reference number 406.CI.0170.RX. A Unico with a flyback chronograph movement costs around 14,000 euros.
Pitch Black: The All Black
However, the Black Magic line should not be mistaken for Hublot's All Black watches. The All Black models have shaped the image of this Genevan manufacturer even more, as they use the color black much more consistently. Some versions don't only have a black case, bezel, and dial, but black hands and indices as well, sending legibility to the back burner.