Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire
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While coloured synthetic sapphires have been in existence since 1902, when they were invented by the French chemist Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil, melting sapphire is a complex and unpredictable process. Because its crystallisation process is unstable, it is difficult to obtain similarly coloured sapphires, even if they are produced simultaneously. Furthermore, bubbles and cracks can appear in the material, making the end result unsuitable for producing Big Bang cases. But the main challenge is in the size. Thus far, no coloured sapphires exceeding 2 kg have been produced. However, Hublot has now gone beyond this threshold. By pushing the limits of engineering and chemistry, it has developed a sophisticated and costly process that has resulted in the successful production of a large, transparent sapphire of perfectly uniform colour. Hublot heats aluminium oxide (Al2O3) — the raw material for sapphire — with a transition metal, chromium (Cr), at a temperature of between 2000 and 2050 degrees Celsius. The result is a coloured sapphire that retains all the original properties of a material which is ultra-scratch resistant, completely transparent and among the hardest in existence. The innovation extends to the colour — the first blue sapphire in the history of watchmaking.
|Case||Polished blue sapphire crystal, polished blue sapphire crystal with 6H shaped titanium screws bezel|
|Case Back||Polished blue sapphire crystal|
|Dial Color||Polished and smoked transparent composite resin skeleton dial and appliques with blue luminescent|
|Hands||Satin-finished hands with blue luminescent|
|Dial Markers||Appliques, luminescent|
|Functions||Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph and Date|
|Movement||HUB1242, UNICO manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel, 72 Hours Power Reserve|
|Bracelet Strap||Blue transparent structured lined straps (Blue Sapphire)|
|Clasp Type||Titanium Deployant buckle clasp|
|Warranty||Full Factory Warranty|
|Other||Limited Edition of 250 Pieces|
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