Hublot roars to start the Lunar New Year with the Spirit of Big Bang Carbon Gold Tiger, a watch striped to mimic the big cat star of the Year of the Tiger. The 42mm barrel-shaped watch, a specially designed model within Hublot’s 42mm Spirit of Big Bang collection, features a golden striped case and a black-striped rubber strap.
Hublot, which touts its use of ‘fusion’ that mixes watchmaking materials for aesthetic and technical reasons, melds carbon fiber and 18-karat yellow-gold to create this model’s unique finish. And the technical process will yield no two matching patterns, much like tigers in the wild. The ‘fusion’ will result in a different glistening gold case pattern on each of the 200 Spirit of Big Bang Carbon Gold Tiger watches Hublot will manufacture.
Hublot continues the Year of the Tiger theme into the watch’s straps. One rubber strap included with the watch is shaped to mimic tiger stripes. Fastened by a black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant clasp, the strap can be changed to the also-supplied yellow-gold-colored, Velcro-fastened fabric strap.
Inside Hublot fits is excellent self-winding skeleton chronograph, reference HUB4700, a high-frequency movement that boasts a silicon escapement and a 50-hour power reserve. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
Price: $35,700 (limited edition of 200).