Magic indeed. Unlike Rolex, Hublot replica presenting a mad yellow and black ceramic wrist tool wasn’t a huge surprise, but I still love it, even after seeing plenty of Big Bang Unico versions through the years. It’s also a testament to the material skills of Hublot.
Coloured ceramic is famously hard to create, because the manufacturing of the material requires high temperatures that can burn the pigments. But Hublot managed to circumnavigate this in order to create, what the brand claim, is the first-ever bright yellow ceramic Hublot Big Bang replica watch. It comes in their more manageable 42mm case size, but don’t get me wrong, this is as bright as Shane put it: “like the summer sun lighting up a New York Taxi”, and would have a huge presence even at 30mm.
It’s easy to dismiss Hublot as outré wrist art for show-pony types, but this brand has undeniable horological chops. Look closer and the HUB1280 calibre makes itself known through the openworked dial. This is a mechanical marvel, and with a 72 hour power reserve, is a serious piece of chronographical kit with great visibility through the yellow and black and a connoisseur’s flyback chrono function. The split case design reveals a black centre, with a tough, functional crown and pusher set-up putting this firmly in the category of highly functional sports chronograph. Hublot copy with yellow rubber strap have once again smashed it, while clad in a future-proof yellow racing suit. Priced at CHF 24,900