Big Bang Sang Bleu Ii Blue Ceramic 45 Mm

This may have happened khổng lồ you: You tell someone you"re passionate about watches & find endless beauty in these little anachronistic mechanical wrist machines. You wax poetic about the movement, and you might even casually use reference numbers as if the listener is supposed to lớn know what exactly you"re talking about. When you finish extolling the virtues of horology and watchmaking in a soliloquy that sounds more like a last-ditch effort lớn inject a semblance of momentum into the conversation, the listener promptly tells you they simply don"t get it, và furthermore, they bởi vì not care to lớn get it. For them, it"s just outside the scope of anything worth trying lớn understand. You either have it or you don"t, as they say.

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While I often find myself waxing poetic about watches, if someone were to vị the same to me about abstract art, I"d identify closely with the listener in the above scenario.

The Hublot lịch sự Bleu II limited edition chronograph brings together the world of haute horology & abstract art. It is the result of a relationship between Hublot & Maxime Plescia-Büchi, a self-described "tattooist" from Switzerland. His studio & creative agency, sang Bleu, includes a magazine that explores fine art, fashion, sociology, kink culture, & tattoo culture. On top of that, the studio even dabbles in typeface. They"ve also worked on logos for fashion house Balenciaga and even the city of Stockholm, but perhaps a touchpoint familiar to lớn American audiences is that Maxime Plescia-Büchi has tattooed Kanye West with the birthdays of his daughter và mother. 

This is the second watch in a series of collaborations with Plescia-Büchi. Arthur Touchot covered the first release here, concluding that Hublot had certainly been challenged by Maxime"s asks, like creating a new bezel & time display quality to this watch, but the result was "Hublot at its best." 


Admittedly, I don"t have much background in the world of sang trọng Bleu. Fashion can sometimes be a bit of a hurdle (readers have noted that I should have the fashion police called on me). I"ve only taken introductory classes on sociology in college, và I don"t read much about kink or tattoo culture, either. But like Arthur, I find the watch charming as an exercise in stepping away from conventional thinking when it comes to lớn watch design. The brand Hublot was built from an attitude of defiance, but the current hàng hóa lineup has such a strong thematic visual identity throughout, & many models reference the same pronounced kiến thiết features. For Hublot to lớn hand over the reins lớn a third tiệc nhỏ is noteworthy.

One doesn"t necessarily need to have a full sleeve or a whip in the closet to lớn appreciate what went into the sang trọng Bleu II. Imagine the sang Bleu II side by side with a standard Big Bang, và the details start to jump out. Firstly, the 45mm case has been treated lớn a transformation featuring bevels, angles, and alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces. The watch comes in two materials: titanium và King Gold. King Gold is Hublot"s proprietary formula that"s a tad richer than standard gold. There"s a bit of red in it, and it takes khổng lồ polishing quite well. There will be 200 made in titanium và 100 made in King Gold.

The main màu sắc featured on the watch is the very blue associated with quý phái Bleu. In a năm nhâm thìn interview with Something Curated, Plescia-Büchi explained the concept behind the tone of blue.

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"Sang Bleu, meaning "blue blood" in French, was really born from the idea of exposing this intersection of cultures in a way I thought made sense. Xanh blood is symbolic of nobility, & the word play with blue ink và blood is almost accidental. The idea of referencing nobility was really a statement about contemporary culture. A culture where traditional values such as "high" or "noble" & then "sub" or "vile" or "popular" don"t apply anymore. Young people have a transversal và holistic perception of culture."

The only other watch that I"ve seen that compares in terms of dial màu sắc is the Sinn U1 B, và while the màu sắc is very similar, it"s perceived very differently on the wrist. With its angular case shape & geometrically adorned dial, it feels much more like a mystical talisman offering protection from evil spirits or a piece of giải pháp công nghệ from a civilization far into the future or past than a modern watch. 

The latticework hands are the defining feature of the watch"s aesthetic. They"re an interesting exercise in geometry và design, and they"re derived from a lịch sự Bleu tattoo design. The triangular motif appears throughout the tattoo work the studio in London has done. Pushing the large hands around the dial is Hublot"s Unico HUB1240.

Remember those geometric puzzles from long ago that ask how many triangles are displayed? You can play that trò chơi with the quý phái Bleu II"s hands, too. 

Material is removed from portions of the dial so that the chronograph hands appear to lớn be floating above the exposed bits of the chronograph module placed on đứng đầu of the HUB1240 – but the "hands" are more lượt thích latticework discs that mirror the motif established with the hands and case. Even the rotor follows this theme. Again, there are triangles laden with lume on the chronograph discs that serve as a visual indicator.

There"s a lot of depth to lớn take in with this watch. Complex elements exist on different planes, and it"s 16.5mm tall, which makes peering down khổng lồ the exposed elements of the movement a visual journey. To me, this is the essence of the watch. Being able khổng lồ find new details every time it"s observed. 

With the quý phái Bleu II, I didn"t kết thúc any closer to lớn being able to speak the language of abstract art, but I did over up with an appreciation for what happens when the work of Plescia-Büchi meets mechanical watchmaking. Much like art itself, certain things aren"t for everyone, as illustrated by folks that don"t seem to understand mechanical watchmaking. But one thing"s for sure, my short time with the sang Bleu II brought me one step closer khổng lồ appreciating—at least when it comes khổng lồ watches—abstract art. 

The Hublot lịch sự Bleu II utilizes a HUB1240 automatic chronograph caliber with a 72-hour power reserve. Both King Gold and Titanium models come in a 45mm case. The King Gold is limited lớn 100 pieces và it"s priced at $47,300. The Titanium version will see 200 examples và is priced at $25,200. For more, visit Hublot.