Baselworld 2011: Hublot’s €2 million Big Bang watch
Swiss watchmaker Hublot, renowned for its Big Bang line of watches, has brought to the Baselworld a new diamond-covered 18k white gold Big Bang tourbillon watch, which costs a whopping €2 million ($2.8 million). Interestingly, the Hublot €2 million BB watch was finished the day before Baselworld 2011 opened. The exceptional timepiece features 637 baguette diamonds, a rose cut diamond on the crown and a Vendôme Tourbillon movement to appeal to the lovers of fine watchmaking. The watch has HUB 6003 hand-wound tourbillon movement.
For about a month, 45 gem cutters worked nonstop to create 637 baguette diamonds, totaling just over 141 carats. They took 13,000 hours to cut the stones and another 2,000 hours to set them. The gemstones were selected one by one to achieve perfect uniformity in terms of purity and color. All the diamonds used in the making hail from the same mine. More than 270 carats of rough diamonds were chosen from a lot of 1500 carats, and from these, the stones used were selected.
A perfect example of the fusion between jewelry and watchmaking, the Hublot’s €2 million Big Bang watch will go on display in the Hublot boutique at 10 Place Vendôme.
Case: 18 K white gold set with 72 baguette diamonds, 20.85 carats.
Bezel: 18 K white gold set with 72 baguette diamonds, 11.14 carats.
Crystal: Sapphire with interior and exterior anti-reflective treatment.
Case-back: 18 K white gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective treatment.
Crown: 18 K white gold set with 24 baguette diamonds and one rose cut diamond, 1.02 carats.
Dial: 18 K white gold, Palladium 150, set with 116 baguette diamonds, 8.87 carats, dial on two levels with 2 Vendôme columns.
Hands: Faceted, rhodium-plated skeleton hands set with diamonds.
Bracelet: 18 K white gold set with 353 baguette diamonds, 102.62 carats.
Clasp: 18 K white gold deployant buckle.
Via: Hublot News