A Masterclass in Geometry: The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II, Hublot's Second Partnership With Tattoo Artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi
Hublot is known for creating special, one-of-a-kind and exclusive watch designs in limited numbers. Among the numerous limited-edition creations in its stable, the Big Bang Sang Bleu stands out for its artistic and geometry‑inspired cool. While its design is expectedly over the top, the collection, introduced in 2016, has brought to the Big Bang special editions a kind of appeal that made even those who would not usually go for a Hublot watch stop and take notice. In fact, word has it that Hublot has courted new clients, many of whom were previously unfamiliar with the brand, because they were attracted to the artwork on the watch dial.
It is evident that the Big Bang Sang Bleu was a resounding success. Now, three years after its launch, Hublot has followed up with the new Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II, continuing its collaboration with the famed Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi.
For the uninitiated, Plescia-Buchi is world-famous in the realm of tattooing. Known for his graphic style, he has inked celebrities such as Kanye West, Adam Lambert and FKA Twigs. He is also the founder of creative powerhouse Sang Bleu, a multidisciplinary design studio and brand consultancy that shares its name with his high-profile tattoo studios in London and Zurich. The collaboration was an ingenious move—tapping on the brains of a contemporary design icon was a sure-fire way to bring a fresh edge to Hublot.
BODY OF ART
While the Sang Bleu watches are inspired by tattoos, their geometric designs will not immediately reveal their origins unless you are already well-acquainted with Plescia‑Buchi’s unconventional body art creations. The first series referenced Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with octagonal discs that replaced traditional watch hands. The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II, on the other hand, explores polygonal shapes in a different way—two diamond-shaped discs that indicate the hours and minutes are topped by an arrow-shaped seconds hand.
Besides the differences in the design of the time indicators, there is something remarkably three‑dimensional about the Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II’s 45mm-wide case that sets it apart from its predecessor. Study its profile and you can fully admire its superbly executed sculptural form—stacks, clean angles and bevels are combined in alternating brushed and polished finishes to create a dramatic, futuristic-looking case.
There is more to marvel at. Not only is the geometric motif extended all the way onto the interchangeable rubber strap, but also onto the sapphire crystal, via facets carved into its rim that correspond perfectly with the hexagonal detail on the bezel. On the crown are logos of Hublot and Sang Bleu, both stylishly superimposed to signify their union. The level of attention to detail paid to the Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II is nothing less than what one would expect from a multifaceted artist like Plescia-Buchi.
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A partially transparent dial allows glimpses of the movement underneath. The Sang Bleu II features a chronograph movement, the HUB1240 Unico manufacture calibre. The chronograph pushers are unobtrusive and seamlessly “blended” into the case design—in fact, it takes some effort to discern them on the side of the watch. At 3 o’clock is the 60-minute chronograph subdial, while the chronograph seconds are read off the central straight hand.
The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II is launched in two variants: 200 pieces in titanium and 100 in King Gold, Hublot’s proprietary red gold alloy. If you find yourself drawn to this stunning watch, don’t wait because we are very sure that this is one limited-edition Big Bang that would not be in stock for long.