I’ve had excessive hopes for the Hublot Massive Bang Integral ever since I first noticed it again at LVMH Watch Week 2020. That debut mannequin was a 42mm chronograph iteration of the Massive Bang with a brand new and excellently completed built-in bracelet. Not too long ago, I obtained to see the most recent — and easiest — addition to the gathering with the brand new Massive Bang Integral Time Solely watch. There are three variants at launch (titanium, black ceramic, and yellow gold), all of which are available a 40mm huge case for the primary time ever.
My preliminary fear was that this assortment may look promising within the press photographs however would find yourself shedding that Hublot swagger after shedding not simply millimeters from the standard Massive Bang however the chronograph complication as effectively. These worries had been assuaged once I dealt with them within the steel. A real Massive Bang in a glossy, slim, and excellently completed 40mm-wide and 9.25mm-thick case with 100m water resistance is just not solely potential however can be fairly rattling implausible.
That stated, I’ve to present further credit score to the designers at Hublot who created the bracelet for the Massive Bang Integral. With detailed finishes that match the sharp traces on the case, the three-link bracelet has alternating polished and brushed finishes. Every outer and middle hyperlink have chamfered edges and beveling that mirror an consideration to element that’s extra involved with high quality than flash. For a model identified for combining valuable steel instances with rubber straps, Hublot has performed an exquisite job with these bracelets, and I hope we see them proliferate inside the model’s lineup. Micro-adjust could be good, although.
Okay, so I do know “Time Solely” would sometimes imply no date however the main takeaway Hublot is speaking is that it’s not a chronograph. Actually, the fanatic group being so detail-oriented in stating the technical inaccuracy of labeling a watch with a date as “time solely” doubtless helped amplify the bigger “it’s not a chrono” message. Every of the three variants has massive, legible fingers that simply distinction in opposition to the dial and the seconds hand has that good Hublot counterweight I really like a lot. At 6 o’clock is the date window which, whereas trapezoidal, mirrors the huge 12 o’clock index and is definitely fairly non-invasive, all issues thought-about. It blends within the with the remainder of the dial and doesn’t draw any pointless consideration to itself. You’ll additionally discover that the Hublot insignia is just not on the dial however performed instantly on the sapphire crystal (which is the case for a lot of, and even most, Massive Bang watches).
One dialog I do know lots of people are having concerning the Massive Bang Integral Time Solely is whether or not or not we’ll see a non-skeletonized dial sooner or later. Personally, that possibility would catapult this watch up on the record of luxurious sports activities watches, however I additionally perceive that Hublot has a design language and DNA that it desires to stay to throughout the Integral assortment. There are Massive Bang watches with non-skeletonized dials (just like the “Authentic” Massive Bang in 44mm), but it surely’s clear the newer traces are going skeletonized. That stated, I do suppose the open look of the date wheel across the circumference of the dial is definitely fairly cool even when the views of the higher bridges of a “time-only” motion aren’t as sturdy as these on the chronograph.
Whereas the yellow gold variant clearly has that strong heft, the titanium and ceramic fashions are exceptionally gentle on the wrist. The slim and light-weight case matched with the beforehand talked about wonderful bracelet makes for a carrying expertise that’s like nothing the model has beforehand performed. This wearability and toughness of supplies (plus that 100m water resistance) makes for a really pleasantly surprising versatile Massive Bang.
Turning the case over reveals the automated MHUB1710 motion, which is a reworked model of the LVMH sister-brand Zenith Elite 670. With an unfussy and modern end general, this motion additionally has properly performed open-worked rotor, in addition to Côtes de Genève all through. Working at 28,800 vph, the MHUB1710 has a 50-hour energy reserve.
With the Massive Bang Integral Time Solely, Hublot has made a watch true to its model DNA and design ethos that additionally appeals to an entire new section of watch shoppers. The case is powerful, effectively proportioned, and slim and I’d put the bracelet up in opposition to these from peer manufacturers which were making them for many years. Whereas they’re not precisely a price proposition, I feel Hublot has priced the gathering very pretty when trying on the aggressive market. The Hublot Massive Bang Integral Time Solely within the black ceramic is proscribed to 250 items and priced at $19,900; the usual manufacturing titanium mannequin is priced at $17,800; and the yellow gold mannequin is priced at $49,400. You’ll be able to study extra at hublot.com.