For over ten years, Hublot has been forging close collaborations with daring and unconventional artists such as designer Samuel Ross. The latter collaboration began in 2020 and has resulted in a completely new production, from case to crown, including the dial, strap and bezel. Just as he does with living materials, Samuel Ross shapes, redesigns and fine-tunes his ideas. The result is an almost sculptural timepiece with a design that is at once minimalist, refined and expressive.
To underline its industrial character, the designer chose to clothe all the case components in shiny beadblasted titanium. Plates made of this light, ultra-resistant metal were polished, brushed, hammered and perforated to create a clean, imposing silhouette revealing part of the movement. Monochrome grey is also featured at the heart of the watch: based on a hexagonal honeycomb pattern, Samuel Ross plays on transparency by integrating openings into the structure of the timepiece, while highlighting the contrast between the hyper-technical functions such as the tourbillon and the traditional elements.
The artist does not hesitate to juxtapose discordant structures and materials – such as the titanium of the case with the grey rubber of the over-moulded crown and the three straps, which come in bright green, black or white and blend perfectly with the shade of the metal. Like all the objects he has created, the Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A by Samuel Ross has been designed to be durable, ergonomic and very light. Equipped with the 282-component HUB6035 calibre, it is being issued in a 50-piece limited edition.
November 09, 2023