The Spirit of Big Bang: Hublot's Tonneau Watch
The Spirit of Big Bang holds a special place in Hublot's portfolio: It is the only collection to feature tonneau cases. A skeletonized dial gives this timepiece its touch of Hublot extravagance. Some models even feature a moon phase display.
5 Reasons to Buy a Spirit of Big Bang
- The only tonneau-shaped Hublot series
- Modified version of the famous El Primero chronograph caliber
- Cases in titanium, ceramic, King Gold, or Magic Gold
- Skeletonized dial
- Models with moon phase displays
An Independent Collection with a Famous Design
The Big Bang series from Swiss manufacturer Hublot has been in production since 2005 and exclusively features round watches. In 2014, Hublot came out with the Spirit of Big Bang. This collection of barrel-shaped watches retains the spirit of the round Big Bang. This should come as no surprise, as the Big Bang has been the cornerstone of Hublot's success.
Hublot presented the Spirit of Big Bang as its own, independent collection. It's not a sub-series of the Big Bang, the dominating series in Hublot's portfolio. However, the similarities between the two are clear: Visible screws keep the bezel in place in both series, and the slots in the screws are designed and arranged so that they form an H for Hublot. The two screws that attach the lugs also resemble an H. This distinctive bezel and the design of the screws play an important role in defining the look of the Big Bang, so Hublot used these features in the Spirit of Big Bang to create a clear connection between the two series. This applies to the hands and crown as well.
The Nyon-based manufacturer offers the Spirit of Big Bang in several unique materials. It's available in titanium, black or white ceramic, their in-house red gold alloy, King Gold, or the ceramic and gold alloy, Magic Gold.Hublot offers the case in two sizes, 45 mm and 42 mm. The 45-mm version is a stately watch in size and design. The case is slightly bowed so that it fits better on your wrist. It's water resistant to a depth of 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft), meaning it can also be worn while swimming.
The straps are made of rubber or leather and come in a number of different colors.
Prices for a Spirit of Big Bang
|Reference number||Price (new)||Case material||Moon phase indicator|
|Ref. 601.NX.0173.LR||17,500 USD||Titanium||−|
|Ref. 647.NX.7371.LR.1233||19,900 USD||Titanium||✓|
|Ref. 641.CI.0110.RX (All Black)||22,200 USD||Ceramic||−|
|Ref. 601.CI.0173.RX (Black Magic)||22,200 USD||Ceramic||−|
|Ref. 647.OX.1138.RX||32,800 USD||King Gold||✓|
|Ref. 601.MX.0138.RX||35,100 USD||Magic Gold||−|
How much does a Spirit of Big Bang cost?
The Spirit of Big Bang has an extravagant design: The skeletonized dial and movement allow you to watch the gears, spring, and other components at work. Since this is a relatively new series, there are very few older, pre-owned watches on the market. You should set aside around 17,500 USD for a new titanium Spirit of Big Bang. Titanium is relatively lightweight and a good choice for this large watch, as it will feel less cumbersome on your wrist.
Classic versions usually feature dials dominated by silver-colored elements, underscoring their technology-inspired aesthetic. The Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase , however, comes with transparent dials in various colors, such as blue, orange, purple, and pink. Matching gemstones ornament the bezels of these timepieces, making them hard to ignore. In terms of price, a pink model goes for around 19,900 USD, for example.
Red gold increases the price of the watch significantly. You should prepare to spend at least 32,800 USD for a new Spirit of Big Bang in Hublot's in-house alloy King Gold. When diamonds are added to the mix, the price of a Spirit of Big Bang can rise to over 46,800 USD.
Magic Gold models sit in a similar price range, coming in at around 35,100 USD. This alloy is especially scratch resistant thanks to its combination of liquid gold and ceramic.
If you're looking for a solid black Hublot, you might enjoy the Spirit of Big Bang All Black , which starts around 22,200 USD. This chronograph has a 42-mm case made of black ceramic. Splashes of color, including a red minute scale, red second hand, and silver-colored line indices, help lighten up the 45-mm Spirit of Big Bang Black Magic. These models cost about as much as All Black watches.
Modified El Primero Chronograph Movement
Caliber enthusiasts will be pleased to find a modified El Primero chronograph movement powering some models of the Spirit of Big Bang. The El Primero is one of the most famous movements in the history of watchmaking. This caliber was originally used in a Zenith watch of the same name. The El Primero was introduced in 1969 and was one of the first and best automatic chronograph calibers. Hublot slightly modified the El Primero and renamed it HUB4700. The movement beats at 36,000 alternations per hour (A/h), equal to 5 Hz. Most mechanical watches beat at 28,800 A/h (4 Hz) or 21,600 A/h (3 Hz). The faster a movement beats, the more precisely it should run. It's not surprising that the El Primero powers Spirit of Big Bang watches, as both Zenith and Hublot belong to the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE.
Both the HUB4700 and the HUB1770 have a 50-hour power reserve. The HUB1770 also features a moon phase complication and large date display.
Detailed Price Information
|Balance frequency||36,000 A/h (5 Hz)||28,800 A/h (4 Hz)|
|Date display||Yes||Yes (big date)|
|Moon phase indicator||No||Yes|
|Power reserve||50 hours||50 hours|
In High Demand Since 2005
Hublot is a relatively young Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. The company was founded in 1980 by Italian watch designer Carlo Crocco. Eighteen years later, he sold his shares of the company to the LVMH Group. Crocco developed the fusion concept that Hublot watches are so well known for. This concept involves using special, unique materials together in a single watch, such as a natural rubber strap paired with a gold case. In 2004, Jean-Claude Biver left Omega after 10 years and became the new CEO of Hublot. Under his leadership, Hublot became even more successful. The launch of the Big Bang model series in 2005 greatly contributed to the increase in demand.
Collaborations with Scuderia Ferrari and soccer teams like Juventus FC and Chelsea FC have also helped boost the company's success. Ricardo Guadalupe has since taken over the role of CEO, and Biver now serves as the President of the Board of Directors.