From the watchmaker that NEVER “folds ’em” comes the Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour King Gold. Like Las Vegas itself, this 1-of-100 limited edition Hublot Big Bang is brash, confident, and hits harder than “floor enforcers” at the Tangiers Casino.
The 2002-present World Poker Tour has risen to rival NASCAR and NHL hockey for status as America’s official “fourth sport,” but in terms of global viewership, there’s no doubt; WPT holds all of the aces.
Hublot and the World Poker Tour have given birth to a monster. If this were an ordinary luxury watch, the visual signature would be dominated by the quarter pound of red gold.
But this is no ordinary luxury limited edition, and Hublot stuns with a blinding gold-plated leather-and-rubber strap that would leave even Auric Goldfinger speechless. Or Joe Pesci, for that matter…
And we are talking about Hublot’s proprietary “King Gold” alloy. While still 18-karat, the unique Hublot blend of gold, copper, palladium, and platinum creates a red gold with singular intensity. Both beautiful and beguiling, King Gold puts other “au rouge” blends to shame. Sorry, pink and rose gold, but you just aren’t “rich” enough to play at Hublot’s table…
The Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour King Gold features a poker-faced variation on the conventional Hublot bezel. While the titanium “H” bolts are present, their number is reduced to clear room for the relieved images of a spade, club, heart, and diamond. The casino-inspired imagery continues on the open worked dial. Applied red gold hands and indices with matching red luminova create the appearance of a floating game table able the PVD-gray machinery of the Hublot movement.
Three separate sapphire crystals provide the dial’s cover, a platform for the hours, and the transparent orbiting date wheel. Like Vegas, the deeper you look, the more complicated this Hublot Big Bang becomes…
Hublot‘s second-generation 45mm Big Bang encloses a movement with more tricks than “Ace” Rothstein and more moving parts than a rigged table. The Hublot caliber 1242 is an entirely in-house effort by the Nyon-based manufacture, and its flyback chronograph mechanism headlines and impressive catalog of features. A 72-hour power reserve, anti-magnetic silicon escape wheel and pallet, a crisp column wheel function selector, and an hour register driven straight off the barrel ensure outstanding chronometric performance.
Better still, the Hublot manufacture movement is deigned “upside down” so that scintillating mechanical elements normally confined to the back side of a conventional caliber are positioned for easy appreciation beneath the open sapphire dial.
With an accessory boxed set big enough to fill the parking garage at Caesar’s Palace, the Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour King Gold puts on a better side show than Sigfried and Roy. A full Hublot-branded poker kit awaits the owner of this Big Bang. And the standout gold strap is one of only three (3!) accessory straps included with the Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour King Gold.
With a look more explosive than a mob-rigged Cadillac Eldorado and enough “King Gold” to deflect the blast, this Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour King Gold may be your winning hand for summer 2015. See it in high-resolution images on www.watchuwant.com.
Video and content by Tim Mosso.