Mar 6, 2022
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Ceramic Review
The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang was launched in 2014 as a response to other tonneau (that translated from French means barrel) shaped sport watches.
We can immediately see that the name "Spirit of Big Bang" is very appropriate as all the DNA that made Hublot famous are present: the "H" screws, the "fusion" of different materials, in this case titanium and ceramic and crocodile leather
with rubber for the strap.
The 42mm version reviewed in this article is 14.5 mm thick so it is certainly not a small watch nor a discreet one. It is powered by the Hublot HUB4700 movement, which is essentially a skeletonised Zenith "El Primero" chronograph produced in collaboration between Hublot and Zenith, both parts of the LVMH group. It beats at a frequency of 5Hz, 36,000 beats per hour, 278 components and a power reserve of 50 hours.
The "El Primero" chronograph is well regarded as one of the best Swiss movements that was also used in the Rolex Daytona.
The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang is a very versatile watch that, as you can see from the photos above, works very well on a a formal suit and tie but will also fit will with a casual outfit.
It is a bold watch that will certainly get you noticed yet the titanium ceramic combination in grey with red accents on the chronograph hand, the minutes track and the date gives it a very sporty look and feel.
The skeletonized movement adds an industrial dimension.
In summary, this is an excellent watch with a unique design language yet with the full Hublot Big Bang DNA. The only small quirk is that the older models steel deployant buckle clasp is not comfortable at all.
The newer titanium clasp is better but yet not as comfortable or refinded as we tried in other brands.