Jun 25th 2009 11:28PM I guess I'm being snobish but I've always looked down on those fashion / jewelry houses trying to get inside the watch industry. Yet I must admit that among all of those brands trying to get some credit HW is the one i admire the most for a single reason : granted they are operating on the high end spectrum of the industry but they dont limit innovative thoughts to the appearance only. Even if I had the money I'm not sure i'd buy one of their opus model but I still find those very cool.
As for this particular model I personaly find the GMT the most usefull complication of them all. All my daily beaters have / had this one !
By the way Ariel, have u ever consider writing a post about all the brands (HR, Tiffany, Bulgary, LV, Channel, Dior and the list goes on...) which either dont have a "horlogical heritage" or whose core business isnt watch making ? Txs for the post, best.
Jun 25th 2009 11:26PM Eventhough i like this fresh color I totaly agree with u GLOBALDIA. Why not making this model just a regular one ? The ROO range lost its appeal with all of those LE (of colors !) coming out every 4 or 6 month... The only LE ROO i really liked and am looking for on the second hand market is the ROO Ginza edition, 7 being a special number for me. Other than this special model i get more attracted to traditional APs like the RO family (love the 15202 !).
Jun 20th 2009 9:40PM This watch really is fantastic ! But for 2,5 million USD i'd prefer to have a gyro 2 + an extreme lab for the second and third watch which come with this beauty ! Anyway, txs for the post, very informative Ariel ;) !
Jun 6th 2009 1:58PM A very nice and masculine watch indeed ! When you see it in person the watch is really gorgeous, the blue / black version is one of my favorite with the ice king ! The only negative point in my opinion regarding this supposed to be "tool watch" is that the fake blue alligator strap actually "shrinks" a little when u play for too long under water... So, for diving enthusiast better switch to the regular rubber strap ! Thanks for the article, take care !
May 19th 2009 7:49AM Got your point Ariel, thanks for clarifying ! ETA indeed makes some workhorse movements and should be used for entry level watches, i'd love to see mechanical watches become popular again (as it used to be before the digital watch era) ; but i never understood why whould a "new" brand (like hublot for instance) try to gain reputation through puting diamonds on their bezels... In my opinion the best watch makers (PP, AP, VC, richard mille, philippe dufour, etc...) did not get to the top of the industry thanks to blingy and gaudy stuffs.
anyway, after posting my previous comment i realized it might sound a bit "dry", sorry about that, i didn't mean to be rude !
take care, bye
May 19th 2009 7:16AM Hey, what about a little research before posting ?
"a metal bracelet, and here is the first glimpse I've seen of one". From the very beginning, the BB line was proposed with either rubber OR metal bracelet...
"the watch is steel. Why is this important? Because steel is a lower cost metal and indicates Hublot realizes it cannot continue to fuel demand for its ultra decadent Big Bang watches constructed of exotic and/or precious materials". Once again since the BB line was launched, steel watches were available and have never left the serie.
You might be referring the "bigger bang" line, a watch with a lot more sophisticated complication (chronograph tourbillion), from which a special edition is made every year : the one million bang.
I highly doubt Hublot is trying to move down form their current position in the market (mostly 10k to 20k watches, which correspond to entry level watches for Patek Pilippe, Vacheron Constantin or Audemart Piguet) according to their new line and soon to be announced models.
Instead of talking about "ultra decadent watches with exotic / precious metal" u should have mention the fact that it is outrageous to put such a price tag on a watch without a proper in house movement. For watch connoisseur the metal used is quite irrelevant – cheap steel or titanium versus platinum doesn’t make such a big different – ; what matters a lot more is the horlogical mastery and complication of the movement.