This new cooperation project on the island of Capri in recent days is inspired by sailing movement and Lapo’s infinite passion, rich experience as well as precious memory for the ocean, paying tribute to Lapo’s unlimited enthusiasm of the sea.
May 31, Italy Capri Island – Italia Independent and Lapo Elkann, the Garage Italia founder and artistic director have conducted in-depth discussions about how to create a wristwatch inspired by sailing movement. The reasons for this cooperation are very good: Lapo’s grandfather is keen on the seafaring sport, and Lapo sees him as an idol. Under his influence, as early as childhood, Lapo began to touch this sport that is with the waves. In addition, Lapo and his brother drove the mythological “Stealth” sailing boat and won the title of the famous Fastnet sailing sport.
“Through this new cooperation, we realized the potential relationships between sailing and watchmaking. For example, the materials and technologies used in sailing boats and watches need the most cutting-edge innovations. Specifically, through the traditional Teak material integrated into the design of the watch, we successfully combine innovative technology with classic traditions to interpret the true meaning of fusion art! Our partnership with Lap Elkann and his Italia Independent brand will be presented a masterpiece with genuine emotions, unique ideas and innovative techniques”, said Ricardo Guadalupe, the CEO of Hublot.
Due to the infinite enthusiasm for sailing, Hublot once again collaborated with Lapo to create new watches. So, is there a better place to present this watch than the fascinating blue in Capri Island? It is here that the Hublot Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent watch was officially launched on May 31 in the Hublot watch boutique on Vittorio Emanuele, with a limited collection of 100 pieces.
The case and push-pieces are all made of King Gold, that is the unique alloy composed of gold and platinum independently developed by Hublot. The dial is paired with orange hour markers and the bezel is crafted from teakwood, such precious wood is usually used to decorate the deck of an upscale sailing boat. With 45 mm diameter and 100 meters waterproof, this watch uses the UNICO HUB1242 Manufacture Self-winding Movement with a power reserve of 72 hours. At the same time, Big Bang Unico Teak’s Italia Independent watch with sapphire case back fully demonstrates Hublot’s advanced technology and superior watchmaking technology.
Each Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent watch offers two straps. One of them took inspiration from the regatta, is cut out of a real boat sail in Kevlar carbon with a rubber base. Another orange strap is entirely made of rubber and decorated with a striped pattern. At the same time, this watch is equipped with an innovative “One-Click” quick-change strap system that makes it easy to replace any strap.
The 100 Hublot Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent watch will be placed in a delicate gift box with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses that is designed with a teak frame, delivering them to customers together. The frame of this glasses uses the same teak material as the watch bezel.
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Diameter: 45 mm
Case: King Gold
Bezel: Carbon Fiber and Wood Upper Layer
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100 M)
Dial: Black Hollowed
Movement: UNICO HUB1242 Manufacture Self-winding Movement
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Strap 1: Black Rubber and Boat Sail in Carbon Fiber and Kevlar with Black Stitches
Strap 2: Black and Orange Structured Striped Rubber