After lace and denim, Hublot placed linen centre stage this time. At Baselworld the brand owned by LVMH Group presented the new Big Bang Tutti Frutti Linen collection, where this elegant and natural plant fibre is not only used for the strap, but also adorns the case and dial.
Linen is one of the oldest textile fibres. Cultivated in Asia for 9000 years, it has been used in Europe for two millenniums. Hublot not only used this fibre in its original form as a fabric, but also created an alternative to carbon fibre, with which it shares the mechanical strength. In addition to being lighter in weight it also offers an infinite palette of hues. The case and dial of the Big Bang Tutti Frutti Linen Ocean Blue is formed of linen fibres hand-woven by artisans. A unique weaving process created a unidirectional weft comprising 100% natural fibres, dyed and paired with a transparent composite. The strap is in a pure linen fabric sewn onto rubber. The timepiece also boasts of a stylish monochrome canvas. Shades were symmetrically applied in subtle coordination, a feat which is very difficult to master as the colour varies according to the penetration of the dye.
The bezel and dial of the Ocean Blue version are decorated with blue sapphires. The Turquoise, Purple and Orange versions feature respectively orange sapphires, topazes and amethysts. The four models, each released in a limited edition of 200 pieces, house the HUB4300 self-winding mechanical chronograph movement in a 41 mm case.
By Valeria Garavaglia