In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hublot’s Big Bang model, the brand is revisiting one of its most practical complications – the alarm clock. One of the oldest complications, the alarm clock function preceded even the advent of hands. The Big Bang Alarm Repeater is the fusion of two functional complications: a mechanical alarm clock and a second time zone.
"Several years ago, our objective was for Hublot to the join the ranks of the most prestigious brands by producing almost all new materials and our own movements (including complications) in-house. The Big Bang celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the accomplishment of all these objectives. The new developments for 2015 symbolise this achievement and the Big Bang Alarm Repeater is evidence of this." Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO
The alarm clock - a complication which belongs to the chiming clock category – is indexed on the reference time. At 1 o'clock, a triangular window gradually shows the day/night indicator for the local time. At 5 o'clock, a 24-hour counter with two hands shows the programmed alarm time; while an "on/off" indicator shows the alarm status at 6 o'clock. At 7 o'clock, the hammer visible under the sapphire is coated with SuperLuminova™ so it can be seen at night. The second time zone has a 24-hour display at 11 o'clock. The alarm clock chimes for around 16 seconds as a steel hammer strikes a gong.
The imposing 45.5 mm Big Bang Alarm Repeater features the signature six "H" screws, with an even more high tech, understated design, the design of the screw-in crown in over-moulded rubber, the edge of which is decorated with the "H" of the Hublot screw, round push-buttons protected by a button guard. The look is distinguished from the chronograph versions: the push-button at 2 o'clock is used to adjust the time of the second time zone, while the push-button at 4 o'clock activates the alarm. All the other functions are easily operated using the crown.
The watch is powered by the Unico manufacture movement. The calibre comprises 356 components, a 72-hour power reserve and two barrels – one for the movement, the other for the chime. The alarm clock's power reserve indicator can be viewed via its skeleton barrel which reveals the spring.
The Big Bang Alarm Repeater is available in titanium or King Gold and will be limited to only 250 pieces. The watch comes on a ribbed natural rubber strap with Hublot’s "One click" system for changing the strap.
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