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Beyoncé has set the bar quite high for gifts this year in her family… It is the “word on the tweet” that she recently gifted a fine Hublot timepiece to her husband, Jay Z. The watch she supposedly gave him is a special edition Hublot Big Bang that is literally covered in diamonds.

The timepiece is supposed to have been given to Jay-Z as a gift by Beyoncé for his birthday and it makes one wonder what on Earth he will be getting for Christmas this year! The wach has 1,282 diamonds on its face and its bracelet — the entire Hublot watch — and total more than 140 carats. The Hublot timepiece is made from White Gold to hold and support all of the valuable gemstones.

This Hublot timepiece holds not only value in its materials and diamond & gold weight, but also in its design and build. Hublot purportedly took 14 months to design and make the one-off timepiece. This gift stands as yet another perfect example of the world’s newfound focus on value-driven goods.

We can’t wait to see what Jay Z gets Beyonce for her birthday…

To see a close up look at the $5,000,000 timepiece Beyoncé got for her hubby, take a look at our video below…

A year that marked a highly successful partnership between Ferrari and Hublot Geneve is coming to an end! It delivered on both commercial and relationship based goals the companies had set for each other. The first two Hublot Big Bang timepieces produced in the partnership were the Big Bang Magic Gold and the Big Bang Titanium. This stunning new technology matched perfectly with Ferrari’s strong brand image and passion for technology being combined with art & constant development. Promotionally, the companies worked together at more than 130 events!

Hublot Chairman and brand ambassador, Jean-Claude Biver, welcomed the success alongside the CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe. This has furthered their motivation for 2013 and allowed them to continue to grow their brand and collection of fine Hublot timepieces. Because of these mutual feelings of success, Hublot recently announced the production of three more timepieces that will be added to the 45mm Big Bang collection.

 Most notably, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon” is the symbol of the brand’s progress towards verticalisation. The watch has a case and movement designed, developed, and produced to completion by the Hublot manufacture. Developments such as this mark the sign of a truly great timepiece brand as all Swiss brands hope to be able to say that their watches are made completely in-house by ONLY their parts, movements, jewels, and highly skilled craftsman.

The UNICO movement used in the watch was designed, machined, and even developed all within the walls of the Hublot headquarters. The practical flyback chronograph allows the user to reset their timepiece at any time. The UNICO movement is unique in the watchmaking industry due to its two push-buttons with date indicator, and most notably its position with dual coupling and the notable “column wheel” visible on the dial side. The development of this “column wheel” required a completely original design through its design and development phase. It is unique in that the hour marker is moved by the barrel and without the aid of a jumper in the chronograph mechanism. This simplifies the design and in doing so improves not only reliability but also its strength. The resulting timepiece has only 330 components due to the improvements they made in the Hublot factory.

Since 2009 when Hublot’s Big Bang was launched, they have been making constant progress and the Hublot BIg Bang “Red Magic Carbon” is the result! The Hublot technical office has worked hand-in-hand with the Hublot Engineering laboratory as well as the Hublot Service Department to get to this point so they are more than slightly proud of the achievement.

 

International megastar, martial arts champion, actor, philanthropic ambassador for social causes in China, Jet Li is a true living legend in his country. He is not only one of the greatest international actors in the kung-fu film world, but also a role model and hero to many generations in Asia. During the last few years, Jet Li has devoted his time and energy to promoting social development in his country, where he founded The One Foundation in 2006. A percentage of the profits from the sale of these watches will be donated by Hublot to this foundation.

Since 2010, Jet Li has been Hublot’s leading ambassador in Asia. Therefore, Dalian in China was the natural choice for Hublot to unveil the Aero Bang Jet Li just before Christmas, the first watch created to pay tribute to the actor. Based on the iconic Big Bang design and in Hublot’s famed, elegant matt black, this black ceramic watch is inspired by many aspects of Jet Li’s life: the skeleton dial is a miniaturisation of the metal trellis found in the celebrated Shaolin temple in China – a symbol with dual significance for Jet Li: this Buddhist religious temple built in the 5th century is now also the home of martial arts training, in particular Chinese Kung-Fu. It is also the title of Jet Li’s first film, which brought him to fame in the role of the defending monk.

 

 

The accents of red, such as on the minute track and the stitching on the strap, are a clear reference to China. Lastly, the crystal on the case back has a transfer depicting Yin and Yang, as requested by Jet Li in reference to his life’s philosophy, showing Yin (represented by the black) and Yang (the white). In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang are the two complementary categories that can be found in all aspects of life and the universe.

 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Reference: 311.CI.1130.GR.JLI11

Series Limited to 200 pieces numbered from 01/200 to 200/200

Case: 44.5 mm Big Bang in micro-blasted black ceramic

Bezel: Micro-blasted black ceramic

6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked

Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating

Bezel: Lugs Black composite

Lateral inserts: Black composite

Crown: Black PVD steel with black rubber insert

Push-pieces: Black PVD steel, rectangular, with black rubber inserts

Case-back: Open microblasted black ceramic. Crystal with Yin and Yang transfer and Jet Li’s signature

Water resistance: 10 Atm, i.e. approx. 100 metres

Dial: Matt black openworked with decoration evoking the Shaolin temple windows

Satin-finished indexes with black SuperLuminova™ ruthenium coating

Red minute track transfer

Hands Faceted and polished with black nickel coating, plus black and red SuperLuminova™

Red chronograph hand with H counterpoise

Movement: HUB4214 – Automatic mechanical Aerobang chronograph

Components: 257 – Jewels: 27, with Date, Sapphire disc with display at 4.30

Oscillating weight: Openworked with black PVD coating, tungsten segment

Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap: Adjustable black gummy alligator sewn onto black rubber with red stitching

Clasp: Micro-blasted black PVD steel Big Bang deployant buckle