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In an exclusive horological endeavor, Hublot, the renowned Swiss luxury watchmaker, has once again pushed the boundaries of innovation and opulence. This time, their canvas for creativity is the Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A, a limited edition masterpiece co-designed with the visionary British artist Samuel Ross, acclaimed for his modern luxury brand, A-COLD-WALL. Priced at a staggering $127,000, the Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A is a testament to incisive craftsmanship, boasting a 44-millimeter body crafted from exquisite micro-blasted titanium, adorned with selectively-colored rubber accents on the straps and crown.
Before the shock of the price tag sets in, it’s essential to understand that tourbillon watches represent the zenith of luxury within the watchmaking realm. The Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A is a paragon of opulence, which explains its remarkable price point, eclipsing even the eye-watering Porsche Design Chronograph 1 Utility – Limited Edition watch. Astonishingly, a solitary Tourbillon SR_A piece is more expensive than both the aforementioned Porsche Design timepiece and a brand-new 2023 Porsche 911 combined. The rationale is unequivocally straightforward: a mere 50 of these masterpieces will ever grace the wrists of discerning collectors.
The collaborative synergy between Hublot and Samuel Ross has been a labor of love since 2020, and it resonates vividly in the watch’s meticulous visual and mechanical design. The watch exudes a mesmerizing hexagonal motif that weaves its way across the entire timepiece, including the strap.
The Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A offers versatility with its strap, available in three distinct colors. The most striking of the trio is the Vivid Green smooth rubber strap, adorned with a lustrous titanium clasp. Alternatively, one can opt for a black or white rubber strap, each lending an air of elegance to the SR_A, courtesy of the micro-blasted titanium case and bezel. These elements are artfully punctuated with hexagonal perforations, maintaining visual consistency throughout the design.
Beneath its aesthetically captivating exterior, the SR_A impresses with its mechanical prowess. Boasting a 72-hour power reserve and powered by the HUB6035 automatic tourbillon movement, it demonstrates a commitment to gravity-defying precision. Unlike chronograph watches, the tourbillon movement relies entirely on the intricate balance of a rotating wheel within its confines. In this case, a “mainspring” plays a pivotal role in maintaining this balance. When the power reserve eventually dwindles, it must be manually recharged by winding the crown a specific number of times. The SR_A, as previously mentioned, retains its charge for a remarkable 72 hours, making it an extraordinary feat in watchmaking. Furthermore, this horological gem is water-resistant up to 30 meters, ensuring durability and functionality beyond its exquisite form.
In the world of luxury watches, the Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A is an embodiment of artistry, innovation, and exclusivity – a collaboration that transcends boundaries to redefine the pinnacle of watchmaking excellence.
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