Perfect replica Hublot, an undisputed master of case materials, is presenting a new model made from saxem during the LVMH Watch Week 2024, this time with a green color way. Saxem, short for “Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Mineral”, is an alloy of aluminium oxide, the basic component of sapphire, with rare earth elements like thulium and holmium as well as chromium. Highly resistant, this composite is endowed with a brilliance that is even greater than that of sapphire and its more uniform and seamless, according to Hublot. So far, the brand has used it for two previous timepieces, the Spirit of Big Bang Saxem and the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon Saxem.
Limited to 100 pieces, the new Swiss fake Big Bang Unico Green Saxem comes in a 42mm case that is water-resistant to 50 meters and equipped with the brand’s One Click strap system. It is a beautiful interpretation of Hublot’s signature manufacture chronograph that is distinguished by its open-worked dial that brings to life the sophisticated mechanics including the date disc. Framed by the bezel with the six signature H-screws, it displays a two-counter layout, with the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the minute counter at 3 o’clock. In line with the color theme, the numerals and hands are likewise green.
Powering the watch is the UNICO 2 caliber HUB1280, the second generation of Hublot’s genuine column-wheel chronograph movement with a flyback function, which is now equipped with a high-performance tungsten oscillating weight. This self-winding high-end caliber boasts a power reserve of 72 hours.
This new Replica Hublot Murakami piece effectively merges the first two collaboration watches by using the black ceramic case of the first model and the colorful rainbow motif of the second. The twelve petals and disc (technically disc floret if my memory and elementary school education serves me correct) are done in a gradient of rubies, sapphires, amethysts, tsavorites, and topaz. Indeed, these are beautiful but the watch really comes to life when movement causes the petals to wildly spin around the disc. I challenge even the most calloused enthusiast to not smile— at least smirk or chuckle— if given the chance to see it in action.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Black Ceramic Rainbow comes in a 45mm wide black ceramic case that measures 13.45mm thick with 50m water resistance (uh, don’t swim with this six-figure work of art, please). Like the previous iterations, this watch is powered by the automatic MHUB1214 UNICO movement that operates at 28,800 vph with a 72-hour power reserve.
The first perfect replica Hublot Murakami watch was done in black ceramic with black diamonds making up the smiling flower So, how exactly does one get this new watch? Well, it’s a little complicated (because NFTs). Collectors will have until April 2024 to obtain/trade the twelve NFTs on the OpenSea platform after which only those who have all twelve will be eligible to acquire the watch. Indeed, all these words will come together to create a cohesive statement for those of you who are fluent in blockchain. In the event nobody is able to obtain it, Hublot will auction the watch off for charity which is a very thoughtful and generous back up plan.
In addition to hopefully getting some hands-on time with the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Black Ceramic Rainbow, I’ll also be looking forward to seeing the remaining twelve collaboration pieces at Watches & Wonders later this year. For now, you can learn more at hublot.com
Swiss watch maisonReplicaHublot began its partnership with Dominican Republic-based premium cigar icon Arturo Fuente y Cia. in 2012, and the collaboration has yielded three limited-edition models all celebrating, in their own distinctive manner, the synergy between the arts of watchmaking and cigarmaking. The fourth made its celebrated debut this week, at a gala event in the Dominican Republic, and may prove to be the most coveted edition yet: the Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic.
Not only is the watch, which is limited to 100 pieces, the first in the cigar-inspired series to feature a laser-engraved ceramic case; it is also the first model created as a direct tribute to Carlos Fuente, Sr., son of founder and namesake Arturo Fuente and father to current company leader Carlos “Carlito” Fuente, Jr. Fuente, Sr., who passed away in 2016, took the reins of the Tampa-based family cigar business in 1956 and after a series of trials and tribulations in the wake of the Cuban embargo, moved the company to its current home in the Dominican Republic in 1980, where it has thrived under the leadership of Carlito Fuente, who worked with his father before succeeding him as president.
Developed in a close collaboration between cheap Hublot watches design team and Fuente family designer Manny Iriarte, The Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic features a host of details, some more subtle than others, designed to pay tribute to the patriarch of the “first family of cigars.” The intricate laser-engraved pattern on the 44-mm black ceramic case depicts tobacco leaves gently swaying in the wind, a reference to the agricultural heart of the Fuente family business — and somewhat reminiscent of the decorative engravings on the titanium and rose-gold cases of 2017’s Classic Fusion ForbiddenX editions as well as the actual tobacco-leaf dial of the rare and elusive 2015 edition. A majestic crowned lion emblem adorns the 9 o’clock subdial on the watch’s openworked dial, recalling Fuente’s historical role as a supplier of cigars to the Spanish court. Perhaps most significantly to those familiar with Hublot and its Big Bang models, the dial also sports stylized, applied Roman numerals — a rarity for Hublot and a specific call-out to the clock pictured on the Fuente family crest, which itself inspired the family motto, “We will never rush the hands of time.”
The back of the timepiece also features its share of special flourishes, including the historical Fuente logo inscribed in the center of the sapphire window; the initials “CF” for Carlos Fuente, Sr. replacing the traditional “AF” for Arturo Fuente; and the Spanish phrase “Edición de homenaje” (“Edition in homage”). Finally, each caseback features the personal dedication by Carlito Fuente on behalf of the family and cigar company that he built: “Our Father, Our Friend, Our Hero.” Behind that ornate exhibition caseback beats Hublot’s Unico Caliber HUB1242, equipped with an integrated, column-wheel-controlled flyback chronograph function and a date display that shares the 60-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock. The movement, made in-house at Hublot’s manufacture in Nyon, outside of Geneva, Switzerland, features automatic winding, a frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours. The watch is mounted on a black calf-and-rubber strap with a ceramic-and-titanium deployant clasp and comes in a gorgeous, lacquered wood cabinet that serves as both a presentation box for the watch as well as a humidor for your cigars.
Also announced during the watch’s launch event in the Dominican Republic, hosted by Carlito Fuente and Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, was the founding of a new Academy of Arts as part of the Fuente family’s charitable initiative, the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (CFCF), which will be supported by both Hublot and Fuente in its mission to improve the lives of impoverished rural communities in the Dominican Republic’s mountainous Bonao region. Proceeds from the sales of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic will go toward supporting the new Academy, which also continues Hublot’s own “Hublot Loves Art” charitable initiatives in support of the arts.