It is the first time Hublot has unveiled a watch with a bi-retrograde display (the hands return to their starting points at lightning speed). How does it work in this particular case?
When the chronograph is started, the chrono’s second hand and minute hand move from left to right in a circular arc of 45 minutes (one half of a football match), with an area for 15 minutes’ added time up to 60 minutes. There are two push-buttons on either side of the crown for START, STOP and RESET; the push-button at 2 o’clock is also used to show the period of time selected from the following 4 options: 1st half, half time, 2nd half and end of match, indicated by a window in the centre at 12 o’clock.
Another challenge to be met by those designing the movement was energy. This rather unusual display design demands additional effort, as the rapid movements of the hands require more energy from the movement. This has been optimised, as far as possible, so as not to affect the correct operation of the time display; Hublot was highly selective in its choice of materials and functions, opting for those offering the lowest possible consumption and friction coefficient.
Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chronograph – 45mm
Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
- Case: satin-finished and polished black ceramic
- Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
- Satin-finished black ceramic case-back with sapphire crystal interior
- Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Logo
- Pushers: Black PVD titanium with yellow and black rubber
- Screws: titanium
- Water resistant: 100m
(Limited to 200 numbered pieces)
Estimated price AUD$$29,270