The Timekeeping Takeover
Hublot is a brand that, as we know, specialises in the big and bold. As the official timekeeper of the FIFA World Cup 2014, it’s therefore no surprise that they are the architects of the supersized timeboards. They aren’t for sale (shame, they’d look great pitchside in Safa Park on a Friday morning) but you can buy the World Cup Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono. The emphasis is on 45 minute functionality and it’s unique not only for its status as the official watch of the event, but for sporting a bi-retrograde function and a central chronograph.
So how does this work exactly? Let’s start with the display. The Big Bang Unico features two retrograde displays. When the chronograph is started, the seconds and minute hands move from left to right, completing a 45 minutes circular arc. If you’re being smart at this point, you may ask, “but what about extra time?” However Hublot is smarter than you and there’s a provision for 15 minutes of added time too. As for the standard timekeeping, this is shown in a smaller window at 6 o’clock. Clearly, it’s not child’s play, but if you’re lucky enough to buy a Big Bang Unico, I’m fairly confident that the 64 games of the World Cup should be enough time to master the function.
Aside from the display, it’s good to be fairly acquainted with the two push-buttons (in a green and yellow colour tribute to Brazil), which are placed on each side of the crown, and action the start, stop and reset functions. The green push-button located at 2 o’clock starts the green seconds hand. Each time it reaches 60 minutes it goes back to zero, whilst the yellow minutes hand advances one spot. The green push-button is also used to show first half, half time, second half and the end of match, with a window in the centre, at 12 o’clock.
Coming in two versions: a satin-finished black ceramic carbon (ref. 412.OQ.1128.RX), a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces; and a polished 18k gold carbon case (a proprietary red-gold alloy named ‘King Gold’; ref. 412.CQ.1127.RX), which is also a limited edition of 200 numbered pieces it makes quite an impact – no wonder its nickname is ‘Football Bang’!
By Kunal Kapoor, founder of The Luxury Closet and a watch enthusiast