Replica Buyers Guide Pre-Basel 2014: Introducing the Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono for the 2014 FIFA World Cup (with specs and pricing)

The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White appears at first glance very much like something Created by Richard Mille, with the skeletonized dial up and tonneau-shaped case. This is a chronograph watch, though such is not immediately apparent as a result of discreet black pushers and a lot of detail on the dial that originally can distract the eye in the chronograph’s registers. Featured at 3 o’clock is your 30-minute counter, followed with a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and operating minutes at 9 o’clock, which is also signed with Hush’s name. An exposed date ring runs on the periphery of the dial, framed by a perforated white border at 4:30. The fundamental second hand features a Hublot-logo counterweight and black-plated tip using a thin strip of white luminescent material, which also includes on the chronograph enroll hands and hour markers.The instance of this Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White is made from micro-blasted black porcelain, which should offer the watch with great scratch resistance. Maintaining the monochromatic theme is really a contrasting white ceramic bezel, affixed to the situation using six titanium screws using a polished black PVD coating. The case measures 42mm in diameter and is 14.10mm thick, and although Hublot haven’t given the case length, I anticipate this opinion will wear quite significant. The situation can also be water-resistant to 10 ATM (roughly 100m) which combined with the tough ceramic should make this a competent sports opinion. Note, however, that while ceramic is extremely hard, it’s also brittle, and it is a concern for a wristwatch which stands 14.10mm tall and may thus be prone to knocking against things.

Hublot has just unveiled the official watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono, equipped with a new movement based on the UNICO calibre.

A newly developed movement appears for the first time in the Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono. Just launched by Brazilian soccer legend Pelé, the Soccer Bang is the official watch at the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil, taking place in June 2014.  Based on Hublot’s in-house UNICO movement, the new calibre has a central, bi-retrograde chrongraph. Both the green seconds hand and yellow minutes hand are in the centre of the dial, and both jump back to zero upon reaching 60. Green and yellow being the colours of the Brazilian flag.

The minutes track is marked out for 45 minutes, the length of a football match, with an additional 15 minutes for extra time. 0 to 15 on the minute track is also highlighted, since extra time is played in two 15 minute blocks. Therefore when a match starts, the chronograph is started, and then stopped and reset at the 45 minute mark when the first half ends. Upon the start of the second half, the process is repeated, unless there is extra time, which means the chronograph can be left running past 45 minutes.  And the window at 12 o’clock indicates the particular segment of the match, the first half, half time, second half and match end. This display is adjusted via the pusher at two o’clock, which also starts and stops the chronograph. Reset is done with the pusher at four.

A chronograph which distinguishes between the two 45 minute halves would have been much more accomplished and unusual. Instead this is essentially a conventional 60 minute chronograph with football markings on the counters. The time is displayed in a sub-dial at six o’clock, while the constant seconds are at nine o’clock.

Pelé with the new Soccer Bang in gold

The 45 mm case is available in either gold or titanium, with a carbon fibre bezel and a rubber strap which can be removed and swapped with the press of button. The titanium is limited to 200 pieces and priced at 22,900 Swiss francs (~US$26,200).  And the gold version is limited to 100 pieces with a price tag of 36,900 Swiss francs (~US$42,200).