Introducing: Hublot Big Bang In Red and Blue Sapphire Cases (!!)

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Red Sapphire - Perpetuelle

We’ve seen some tremendous materials innovation from Hublot in recent years (Magic Gold, colored ceramic, etc.), and they show no signs of stopping this year with pushing the limits of engineering and chemistry.  Following its full sapphire case Big Bang of 2016, Hublot rolled out two new colored sapphire Watches Replica Replica in Baselworld last week.

While colored synthetic sapphires have been in existence since 1902 (invented by the French chemist Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil), melting sapphire is a complex and unpredictable process.  Because its crystallization process is unstable, it is difficult to obtain similarly colored sapphires, even if they are produced simultaneously. Furthermore, bubbles and cracks can appear in the material, making the end result unsuitable for producing something as exacting as a Watch Replica case.  But the main challenge is in the size.

As I understand it, no colored sapphires exceeding a certain size have been produced. However, Hublot has now gone beyond this threshold with the development of a sophisticated and costly process that enables the successful production of a large, transparent sapphire of perfectly uniform color.  Melting iron (Fe) with aluminum oxide, Hublot achieves the result of a colored sapphire that retains all the original properties of the sapphire material which is ultra-scratch resistant, transparent and among the hardest in existence AND the first blue sapphire in the history of Watch Replica making.

Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

Limited edition of 250 pieces

45mm x 15.7mm blue sapphire case middle, bezel and case back cut from blocks of blue colored sapphire.

Flange, indices, Arabic numerals and hour/minute hands toned to match the color of the sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Blue Sapphire - Perpetuelle

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Blue Sapphire detail - Perpetuelle

Hublot also designed a series of 250 pieces in red sapphire by heating aluminum oxide (Al2O3) — the raw material for sapphire — with a transition metal, chromium (Cr), at a temperature of between 2000 and 2050 degrees Celsius.

Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire

Limited edition of 250 pieces

45mm x 15.7mm red sapphire case

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Red Sapphire detail - Perpetuelle

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Red Sapphire front view - Perpetuelle

Inside is Hublot’s manufacture Unico HUB124 movement, with dial side column wheel.

Of course this type of innovation doesn’t come cheap — List price is $74,000 Red Sapphire and $85,000 Blue Sapphire.

Very cool Watches Replica Replica!