Focus: Hublot

Hublot Big Bang Collège du Léman

CASE : satin-brushed steel, ceramic bezel with titanium screws, resin lateral inlays, sapphire crystal caseback, waterresistant to 100m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber HUB4100, 42h power reserve), 252 components Functions: chronograph,
hours, minutes, seconds, dates

DIAL : sunburst satin-brushed blue, goldplated hour-markers, luminescent goldplated hands, Collège du Léman crest

STRAP : blue alligator leather, stainless steel folding clasp



Time for knowledge

If all the schools in the world were to choose a watchmaking partner, or if all watch brands were to associate with schools, the watch industry would be able to ensure generations of attachment to its values. All this within a context where some pupils rarely read anything other than their smartphone… Although somewhat elitist, the Hublot and Collège du Léman joint initiative thus deserves credit for creating a Big Bang limited series bearing the colors of the prestigious international school on the outskirts of Geneva. Enthroned in a display case at the entrance to the establishment, the self-winding satin-brushed stainless steel chronograph is a 20-piece limited edition of which two are intended for the schools valedictorians. The eye-catching blue of its ceramic bezel is also picked up in the lateral composite resin inlays, the rubber inserts on the crown and pushers, as well as extending to the crocodile leather strap. The other dominant color of the school crest – red – enlivens the luminescent hands and hour-markers, gold-rimmed like the Collège du Léman initials appearing at the top of the dial at 12 o’clock. The last golden touch appears in the strap stitching. It is too soon to find out whether children or parents will form the majority of those slipping this timepiece onto their wrist…


Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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