No, the list of green watches for 2020 is not yet over.
You may recall Hublot’s very limited (twenty pieces) bright green offering called the Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM. This Hublot-trademarked term stands for Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Mineral and is, as the names indicates, an alloy that is the mixture of aluminium oxide (the building block of synthetic sapphire) with rare earth minerals such as thulium, holmium and chromium.
They say that as well as being brightly coloured, the resulting material is harder than the emerald whose colour it reflects, that its structure gives it uniformity of colour, and that the absence of tension within the matter ensures greater stability when it comes to cutting and shaping the material,
Now, it is the turn of the Spirit of Big Bang to have the same treatment.
There’s no escaping the green focus, with indices on both the dial and sub dials, hands, date window frame, logo, and even the numbers on the chronograph functions, all the same hue. Even the bezel is polished green SAXEM, with six H-shaped black-plated titanium screws.
The 42mm polished green case with a water resistance of 50m is home to the skeletonised automatic Calibre HUB 4700, whose base is the Zenith El Primero 400. It beats at 36,000 VPH, has a power reserve of fifty hours, and powers a column wheel chronograph and date function.
Hublot’s Spirit of Big Bang Green SAXEM comes in a limited edition of one hundred pieces. Strap-wise it’s a transparent rubber with a black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant. This is pretty much as green-coloured as any watch is going to be this year, and in a form that is aimed squarely at fans of Hublot’s use of sapphire and colour.
[Photo credit: Hublot]