Until very recently, most of us common folk had never heard of the company. Mention expensive watches and we spew out brands like Bulova, Rolex, Tag Heuer, or Cartier, and those we have only heard about on prime-time dramas or seen in fashion magazines. But now we have a new premier watch company to talk about while shaking our heads and clucking our tongues in jealous disgust: Hublot (properly pronounced ‘ooh-blow’ in native French) was established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1980 by Carlo Crocco, and is currently headquartered in Nyon, Switzerland, according to this.
Since their opening, the company has succeeded in manufacturing some of the most incredibly breathtaking luxury watches of our time…watches that most of us would never dare dream of owning. Now we are going to discuss exactly that: the $5 million Hublot Big Bang diamond watch. So sit back and have a good read about an item that is likely completely out of your reach, yet is powerful enough to reach out and touch you. You will be amazed that these watches not only exist but are worn. So intensely crafted and visually stunning is this watch model that they are considered irresistible by those who can afford them; by the time you are finished reading, you would wish you could own one yourself.
The Most Expensive Watch in the World
We live in a time that has nearly rendered the wearing of the wristwatch obsolete. We carry cell phones, which not only become pretty much anything we want them to be, but they constantly keep us on schedule by having the time readily available upon demand. Over the last twenty years or so we have seen fewer and fewer people wearing watches out of necessity; now if we see them they are a mere accessory.
Well, the Big Bang diamond watch by Hublot is one heck of an accessory, and it keeps time with excellence as well. If we could make calls on it, it would likely render cell phones obsolete, but thank God most of us are live on a budget. We know that could never happen, but it’s fun to dream. Let's talk a bit about this watch and why it carries a $5 million price tag. Here are some facts and features about this particular Hublot that will likely blow your mind. Buckle up and read on.
The Hublot Big Bang Diamond Watch: What’s makes it glitter?
- The watch is part of a series called the ‘Big Bang Tourbillion’
- It is set with at least 1,282 diamonds which have a total carat weight of more than 100
- The coveted watch was sold to The Hour Glass Singapore, a leading retail watch group that also has locations in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and more
- The bracelet of the watch is set with six emerald cut diamonds that each weigh more than three karats (plus many more besides)
- A master New York diamond cutter hand chooses every stone according to color and quality; he is also responsible for cutting the biggest GIA-certified diamonds to make sure they all look the same and have the same ‘flavor’
- The diamonds have been collected from various locations all around the world
- They are also set by hand by the same master cutter; the process took more than 14 months of specialized labor and the assistance of an additional twelve cutters working for seven months straight to perfect the original piece, along with help from five different diamond setters
- The original Big Bang Tourbillion toted a price tag of $2.8 million, which is minor in comparison
- 179 baguette diamonds are set in the watch’s dial
- Sapphire crystals make up the domed of the case that is coated with an anti-reflective
- The model for the current year is cased in white gold
- The 18-karat white gold screw-in crown is crusted with twelve baguette diamonds and a rose-cut diamond weighing more than a karat alone
- The dial features 179 baguette diamonds weighing nearly nine karats
- Not only does the bracelet have six three-karat emerald-cut diamonds, but it also has forty-five more karats of baguette-cut diamonds totaling 782 in number
What Makes it Tick?
- Case measures 44 mm in diameter
- The case back is enclosed with white gold
- Rhodium-plated skeleton hands which are diamond-polished and faceted
- HUB 1100 mechanical movement which is self-winding (28,800 vib/h, or 4Hz frequency
- Approximately 42 hours of reserve power
- 63 Components (25 Jewels)
- 3.60 mm thick
- 25.60 mm diameter
A Few More Very Interesting Facts About This Gem
As most of you have probably heard, recent news tells us that Beyonce purchased the $5 million Big Bang for her rapper husband, Jay-Z, for his birthday. Known for their extravagant gift-giving habits, none of us should be surprised at the fact that she gave him so much bling in such a small package. If this is what he gets for turning 43, I’m a bit anxious to see what he gets for his golden birthday…or maybe I’m not.
The BaselWorld show, which is famous for displaying some of the best and most expensive items in the world, put this watch on display this year, claiming it was the most expensive item they have even shown, and BaselWorld should know…they showcase some of the finest timepieces in the world, so this one really but the show on the map, if nothing else has before it. For a final tidbit of information, the watch was originally manufactured in 2012 and was made as a gentleman's watch. Hublot does make beautiful and extravagant watches for women that will simply stun and amaze, but they are limited editions made for charity events. To get a gander at these beauties check out their website.
Finally, this may sound a bit tongue-in-cheek, but if you are considering the purchase of one of these precious beauties, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Probably the most important is the fact that with every genuine and beautiful thing comes a fake. Well, unfortunately, there are several knockoffs out there, so you want to be sure you are getting the real deal. First, do an overall check for quality; the watch needs to look authentic, so there should be no flaws that you can spot, like misspelled words, differences in details, colors, and the like. Next, the hands should have a three-dimensional appearance; knockoffs don’t. Third, the display for the date should have a curve to the left side of it. Fakes tend to be squared off, and the date will usually not be perfectly centered. Finally, a genuine Hublot should be marked with the words ‘Swiss Made’ at the dial’s bottom; fakes won’t. Hopefully, you are never taken for such an atrocious amount of money for something you could get at Sears.
Well, now you know just about every necessary fact regarding the Hublot $5 million Big Bang diamond watch. If you're like me, you'll store this knowledge and simply admire the piece from your easy chair while flipping through a magazine or watching television. But if you are lucky enough to be able to buy one, just be sure you are buying the genuine thing. And don't be too flashy about it…the last thing anyone wants is to get robbed because their watch put stars in the eyes of the felon next door. Remember, knowledge is power, so make sure you know what time it is.
Written by Dana Hanson
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