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Hublot goes back to black with Big Bang Unico

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As part of the new artistic collaboration between Hublot & Maxime Plescia-Büchi, Hublot’s All Black concept has been etched in black ink like a blackout tattoo.

The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II All Black showcases the full three-dimensional geometry of the talented grapho-typotattooist.

Its material – injected with black, polished and satin-finished, angled and faceted – reveals an interplay of light and shade in its relief. An iconic monochrome which is now indelible.

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Looking back on the process, Hublot’s CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, said: “When we created the first All Black watch in 2006 along with its concept of “invisible visibility”, we dared to go beyond its primary function – timekeeping – to showcase it as a work of art which could uphold and affirm a state of mind.

“In Maxime’s work, we find exactly the same approach of going beyond the primary meaning of things. The art of blackout tattooing is already a highly sophisticated form of the art reserved for a select few; it is the ultimate in tattooing and both this type of tattooing and the timepiece which it inspired go beyond their primary meaning or purpose.”

While Maxime Plescia-Büchi, founder of Sang Bleu and Hublot ambassador, added: “The “All Black” concept of working with the same black in a tone on tone style, conceived by Hublot in 2006, was a groundbreaking vision set to become an iconic signature: “Invisible visibility”.

“Perhaps coincidentally, 2006 was also the very year in which Maxime Plescia- Büchi made black ink his signature medium for expression. In the spirit of blackout tattooing, the abstract geometrical shapes which he would usually draw directly onto the skin are fully black and here cover the body of the watch with a black which is both deep and symbolic. Just as demanding as this fully black ink, requiring even greater precision and skill on the part of the artist, the monochromatic material used here also demands perfection.”

On a case measuring 45 mm in diameter, cut from black ceramic and black PVD-coated titanium, the master tattooist alternates and superimposes hexagons, diamonds and triangles, measuring the time from the bezel to the HUB1240 Unico manufacture self-winding chronograph movement, visible under a skeletonised dial and an open case back.

This monochrome watch loses nothing of its dimensional effect, quite the opposite in fact: the play of polygons created by the tattooist is highlighted in the light reflecting directly off the polished and satin-finished material, which is carved and chiselled, angled and faceted.

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