The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire reference 411.JX.1170.RX is one of a couple of sapphire gem cased watches Hublot produces – and to date, it is my top choice. Quite a long while back the main sapphire precious stone cased watch I knew about was delivered by super top of the line watchmaker Richard Mille with a sticker price of over $1,000,000. I saw it without precedent for a showcase case – unfit to be contacted however intriguing to take a gander at. No, this material surely didn’t look like plastic. Presently a couple of years after the fact the cost of a sapphire gem case for a watch has apparently come down to the simple mid-five figures. No, that isn’t precisely deal evaluated however it shows you that request (even in the extravagance game that is the watch business) will cut costs down. Something very similar happened to clay watches – with both fired and sapphire precious stone being praised for their scratch obstruction. Presently only a couple a very long time subsequent to peering toward that first rate Richard Mille as something I’d never get an opportunity to invest a lot of energy with, I am wearing a sapphire cased Hublot and I need to concede, it has been a truly certain experience.

Sapphire gem cased watch costs will keep on coming down as I would see it – despite the fact that the greater part of the “good stuff” will consistently keep on being on the more costly side. Let’s talk about what these watches are and why you may be intrigued. I trust it was the last part of the 197os or mid 1980s when engineered sapphire gem started to appear as a precious stone material in wristwatches. Plastics and glasses were recently utilized as the defensive cover over watch dials – whose essential shortcoming was scratching or effectively breaking. Sapphire gem was esteemed in view of its near jewel like strength and high vicker rating (scratch opposition). As far as I might be concerned, it is difficult to consider returning to when most watch gems were less tough. Obviously today you can get a lot of watches with mineral glass or customary acrylic gems – however nothing as I would see it comes near sapphire crystal.


Making a round bit of machined sapphire gem is something altogether different from making something as complicated as the parts which make up a watch case. This is the essential motivation behind why sapphire gem cases are so costly. It isn’t that the base material is costly, yet rather the stuff to get a real coming about case. Probably the biggest issue is the disappointment rate in the machining cycle. That implies that a portion of the parts will essentially break (unsalvageably) while being sliced to shape. I’ve got with individuals who produce sapphire gem parts that something like 30% of the parts made break during the machining cycle. Yet, on the off chance that the parts endure the machining cycle, they are by and large without future issues. What additionally complicates machining sapphire precious stone is that since it is so difficult, it rapidly wears out the cutting devices. This implies that notwithstanding it requiring some investment to machine sapphire gem (compared to metal that is) there is a ton of expanded cost with regards to providing enough slicing apparatus heads to land the position done.

Round or roundabout shapes are the most straightforward to machine since they should be possible on machine style cutters. That implies something like the Hublot Big Bang UNICO bezel in sapphire is more easy to machine than the fundamental top and base pieces of the case. In general the Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire is a modestly complex sapphire precious stone case whose cost really appears to be reasonable when compared with the competition. What is significant anyway is what it looks like and feels. Like I stated, this isn’t even distantly like plastic.

In most ways, this Magic Sapphire variant of the Hublot Big Bang UNICO (unique aBlogtoWatch survey here) is equivalent to different models in the assortment from a size, comfort, and development point of view. The previously mentioned survey of the Big Bang UNICO was of the artistic model and we likewise had an occasion to audit the Magic Gold variant of the Hublot Big Bang UNICO here . What every one of these watches share practically speaking is that they don’t have customary metal cases – yet rather more intriguing (and some elite) materials which advance scratch obstruction. Why scratch obstruction? Since not every person feels that a “wear and tear” patina on your extravagance watch is something to be amped up for. I most definitely lean toward my watches to search new for as far as might be feasible. Sapphire precious stone as a case material is very useful for that.


One of the most common counters to a sapphire precious stone case is that it can break. This is in fact evident if the watch is liable to enough stun. I’ve never knew about one breaking, yet again, it is conceivable. Metal doesn’t break yet rather twists (disfigures). Sapphire precious stone as a material is too difficult to even think about deforming, and in this way whenever given enough stun, it will break and break. Is this something you need to stress over? I guess it is in the event that you are wearing your Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire where a G-Shock should go, however generally, I don’t think there is a lot to stress over. I feel pretty sure that even a couple of falls on a hard surface wouldn’t be sufficient to break the case. Most dire outcome imaginable – Hublot is there to fix it for you. Presently, let’s not get into a conversation about extravagance watch fix costs.

As I referenced over, the allure of sapphire precious stone as a case material identifies with scratch obstruction, yet isn’t about scratch opposition. In spite of the fact that I think this quality is imperative to raise since scratch-up is actually what might occur if this case was plastic. Individuals appear to stress that on the off chance that they wear a costly sapphire precious stone watch, spectators will erroneously trust it to be modest plastic. Maybe for the initial not many long periods of wearing, however following seven days a plastic watch would look horrible while one in sapphire gem would look equivalent to when you got it. It isn’t that sapphire can’t ever scratch – yet it is hard to do. Hublot utilizes titanium for the screws, pushers, and some different parts on the watch, for example, the deployant on the strap.

In expansion to clear-hued sapphire gem, Hublot produces dark, blue, and red (and maybe more tones later on) colored sapphire precious stone cases for Big Bang UNICO watches. Every intriguing decision yet I discover the thoroughly clear sapphire gem to be the most fascinating. Maybe the coolest part is basically having the option to respect the development from all points. Which for this situation like most Big Bang UNICO developments in the in-house Hublot type HUB 1242 programmed chronograph development. aBlogtoWatch has expounded on this appealing and well-performing development commonly previously. I’ll simply advise you that it is a 4Hz (28,800 bph) development with 72 hours of intensity save, utilizes a silicon escapement, and has a segment wheel controlled 30-minute chronograph (alongside the time and date, obviously). Being “open” and noticeable is a big piece of the HUB 1242’s advance – so in this thoroughly clear case valuing its technicians is considerably all the more fulfilling. Indeed, having the option to perceive how a mechanical development is shown in a top of the line clear case truly gets your brain pondering all the astounding developments that would be a lot more intriguing in the event that you could see them from all angles.

Above I referenced how this specific Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire was my #1 sapphire Big Bang observe yet. The explanation behind that is on the grounds that Hublot utilized a customary dial blended in with a reasonable sapphire precious stone. The main Hublot Big Bang UNICO Sapphire watch (aBlogtoWatch involved here) was intended to communicate the reasonable subject however much as could be expected. That implies it has a great deal of clear or clear components on the dial, hands, and even the tie. As far as I might be concerned, it was altogether too “anti-pigment” to be reasonable despite the fact that it was unmistakably masterful. With the Magic Sapphire (a restricted version) you get what is, as I would like to think, the best of the two universes. That implies the visual interest of the sapphire precious stone case alongside a decipherable dial and conventional dark elastic lash. Obviously with the press button-discharge for the lash, it isn’t hard to change ties to any tone or material Hublot has accessible for purchase.


Wearing sapphire gem as a case material making the rounds offers its own kind of “bling” as the material gets and plays with the light. It doesn’t have the refraction of faceted valuable stones yet it plays with the light in an engaging and eye-getting way that I accept will be esteemed by proprietors of these watches. I would even venture to such an extreme as to state that the away from gem adaptation of the Hublot Big Bang UNICO sapphire plays with light the best – which incorporates this Magic Sapphire model obviously. The counter intelligent covering is applied uniquely to the level sapphire precious stone over the dial of the watch. Later on, I have an inclination that there will be expanded experimentation with how to best deliver sapphire gem cases, and I am certain eventually that will incorporate perceiving how different coatings, for example, AR help adjust and alter what a sapphire precious stone case can look like.

Does it get messy without any problem? I’ve had inquiries concerning whether sapphire precious stone is a unique mark magnet. It most likely is, however you don’t truly notice prints working on it (beside the precious stone over the dial) a lot of except if you are taking a gander at it in the correct light. All things considered, it is likely a savvy thought to wash dismissed from everything related this issue each couple of weeks to keep it looking pleasant. The case is water-impervious to 50m, which is not exactly the 100m of most other Hublot Big Bang UNICO 45mm cases. That is probably going to do with the sapphire gem material versus different materials. The lower rating is likely something to be thankful for since it reminds you to infant this Big Bang a smidgen more than you may other timepieces.

At 45mm wide the Big Bang UNICO is a bigger watch yet is still truly wearable despite the fact that it expands somewhat past the edges of my unobtrusively measured wrist. The straightforward sapphire gem case causes it feel more modest, and I envision Hublot should deliver a 42mm wide form sooner rather than later. This is conceivable on the grounds that as of late Hublot delivered a 42mm wide form of the Big Bang UNICO . I believe that the popularity of sapphire precious stone cases makes them a victor. The solitary inquiry is how much the cost may go down (which means more individuals can bear the cost of them) and when that may be. It truly depends on the sapphire gem “gatekeepers” which are the companies that can effectively machine manufactured sapphire into shapes like complicated watch case parts. As I would see it sapphire gem is an incredible case material for observes regardless of whether it isn’t done in a straightforward tone. The precious stone doesn’t should be clear, however when it is this especially fascinating and hip straightforward watch is the outcome. The wear-opposition ensures it is extravagance – and it is really lighter in weight than metal. It’s incredible stuff (on the off chance that you can bear the cost of it) and I anticipate seeing it in more shapes, on more watches, and ideally on more wrists soon. The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire reference 411.JX.1170.RX is a restricted release of 500 pieces and has a retail cost of $57,900 USD. hublot.com


Necessary Data

>Brand: Hublot

>Model: Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire ref. 411.JX.1170.RX

>Price: $57,900 USD

>Size: 45.5mm wide

>When commentator would by and by wear it: Anywhere an enormous, present day Hublot would be satisfactory. It is made additionally fascinating by an eye-getting and amusing to appreciate material.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Otherwise rich watch sweetheart who won’t burn through seven figures on a sapphire gem observe however five figures sounds more sensible. Now, you are as yet paying for eliteness to a degree.

>Best normal for watch: Sapphire gem case material just upgrades the advanced, cool, and manly sensation of the Big Bang UNICO watch assortment. Light on the wrist, delicate to the touch, and very scratch resistant.

>Worst normal for watch: Sapphire gem as a case material will in any case cost you a chunk of change – however there are obviously valid justifications for it. Potential for case material to break whenever exposed to enough stun. There will in any case be individuals out there who will say the watch looks like plastic (since they basically aren’t acquainted with sapphire precious stone cases).

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