30 Nov '16, 6pm

Hublot Just Released the First Accessible Sapphire-Encased Mechanical Watch

Hublot Just Released the First Accessible Sapphire-Encased Mechanical Watch

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire (hublot.com ) is not the first high-end mechanical watch to be encased in transparent, scratch-resistant sapphire, but at a price of $57,900 (other sapphire designs cost as much as seven figures) and with a sizable production run of 500 pieces, it is the first accessible model. “I thought about creating a sapphire watch for more than 20 years, but it was always too expensive,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “We now have the power to invest heavily in a project, so we decided to industrialize sapphire.” To that end, Hublot recently acquired the equipment for machining and polishing the tough but brittle material—a process eased by the new model’s sandwich construction. Complex structures inside the case, such as the hands and dial, are cast from transparent resin. According to Guadalupe, this limits the amount of sapphire machining...

Full article: http://robbreport.com/watches/hublot-just-released-first-...

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