The Hublot X Sang Bleu story continues, with three new iterations of the Big Bang Sang Bleu II. To mark their 7thyear of collaboration, Maxime Plescia-Buchi chose to apply his ink to two iconic materials born from the Hublot Art of Fusion–Magic Gold and ceramic. Two scratch-resistant materials which nevertheless bear the indelible mark of the famous tattoo artist.450 tattoos to wear on the wrist in 3 limited editions.
Maxime Plescia-Buchi works decisively and with no room for error. Whether on scratch-resistant materials patented by Hublot, such as Magic Gold, on ceramic or on the skin, his art is indelible. He employs three-dimensional geometry that incorporates expert use of relief and depth effects. It’s all about precision! The material itself is polished, satin-finished, sliced, carved, bevelled and faceted, featuring alternating and superimposed hexagons, rhombuses and triangles in perfect visual harmony. So, will your tattoo be Magic Gold, Black Magic Ceramic or Green Ceramic?
Hublot x Sang Bleu since 2016
The artistic collaboration between Hublot & Maxime Plescia-Buchi dates back to 2016. The watches are infused with tattoo art. Dozens of pieces engraved with the indelible mark of the talented “grapho-typo-tattoo” genius. In2019, with the Sang Bleu II, the tattoo/watchmaking collaboration found its “full-body” expression, with Maxime Plescia-Buchi’s geometric patterns featured across the entire case, the hexagonal bezel, the sapphire crystal, the hands and the strap.
Big Bang Unico SANG BLEU II: MAGIC GOLDGREEN CERAMICBLACK CERAMIC
For the new trio, Hublot opted for the strongest materials in a further tour de force featuring scratch-resistant substrates deeply engraved in an irreversible way, just like a real tattoo.
In a 45 mm diameter case made from Magic Gold or Ceramic, the master tattoo artist’s designs alternate and are superimposed on the case and bezel, with the mechanism-/disc-hands taking the form of a geometric tattoo that extends to the rubber strap. This geometry reveals that of the HUB1240 manufacture self-winding Unico chronograph movement, which is visible beneath a skeleton dial and a transparent case back. 100 pieces for the Magic Gold version, 250 for the Black Magic in full black ceramic and 200 for the Green Ceramic.
MAGIC GOLD-Scratch-resistant gold did not exist until Hublot invented Magic Gold. Unique, developed and patented by the watch Manufacture, it is the first and only scratch-resistant 18-karat gold alloy in the world. With a hardness of almost 1000 Vickers, it is notoriously difficult to machine. Even more scratch-resistant is the CERAMIC–traditional ceramic has a hardness of 1200 Vickers, whereas Hublot ceramic achieves 1500 Vickers.
So, the choice is between the magic of tattooed scratch-resistant gold and the extreme resistance offered by ceramic… One thing is certain, though: neither will be able to resist a Sang Bleu tattoo!