03 Jan 2012

Hublot Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR

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Written by: Jatinder Sandhu

Purchasing a Hublot Watch makes you more than just an owner of a magnificent timepiece; it makes you a member of the prestigious lifestyle that only a watch as calculated, boundary-pushing, and timeless as the Hublot can afford.  The Hublot Big Bang 44mm collection represents a monumental achievement in the watchmaking industry, and the awe-inspiring Hublot Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR is a stunning piece of craftsmanship from this series.

Hublot watches are known for their iconic porthole-shaped frame around the dial and the daring mixture of materials used in manufacturing.  The Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR is made with stainless steel against an infused rubber and gummy alligator strap.  The unique wristband is designed with the idea in mind that the bracelet portion of the watch should be made with materials that transform and regenerate when put in contact with the skin.  The Hublot Big Bang 44mm watches are molded with comfort in mind and are sized to fit the purchaser’s wrist when purchased from an authorized jeweler.

Pros:  Hublot being an award-winning manufacturer that has been innovating ways to make top-of-the-line watches since 1980, the design of the Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR is something to be admired.

  • The exposed infrastructural framework on the face reveals the inner-workings of the dial, allowing the wearer to marvel at the self-winding chronograph movement on the Swiss made watch.
  • The steel bezel surrounding the dial gives the watch and industrial look, combining sophistication with cutting edge technology.  Sapphire crystal protects the dial from scratches.
  • Every purchase of a Hublot watch initiates membership to the Hublotista Club, which is an exclusive society that receives privileged information and invitations from this exciting watch manufacturer and the events that it hosts.

Cons:  While the Hublot Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR has a lot of remarkable things going on in its styling, it may be a little too busy for some eyes.

  • The exposed skeletal framework and the explosion of numbers that adorn rubber mat dial may make the watch too overwhelming to read.  There are silver markers to indicate the hours and minutes on the dial, but with the date displayed between 4 and 5 o’clock, and three mini dials representing 12 hours, 30 minutes, and 60 seconds–there is definitely a lot of information to process at a glance.
  • Priced at 18,700, the Hublot Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR is not an insignificant purchase.  Many designer watches that offer the same quality Swiss quartz movement can be found for a fraction of this price.

The Final Word:  Whether or not to buy this watch heavily depends on how you feel about it.  The exposed skeletal movement on the Hublot Big Bang 44mm 311.SX.1170.GR is stunning to behold, and a rare timepiece.  I recommend trying on this watch at a retailer to get a sense of how the gummy alligator rubber bracelet feels against your wrist.  The comfort that this luxury brand affords as opposed to alternative watches should be reason enough to convince you that this Big Bang watch is worth the considerable cost.

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