03 Feb 2012

Hublot Big Bang 44mm Men’s Watch 301.SB.131.RX Review

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By Lindsay Karzon

You’re most likely familiar with the Big Bang Theory sitcom and the Big Bang as a cosmological theory, but did you know that there’s another Big Bang? That’s right, this Big Bang is called the Hublot Big Bang 44mm 301.SB.131.RX and at $14,800 (U.S. retail) this sporty men’s watch is sure to give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Pros:

Chronograph and Calendar Functions: One of its neatest features is the chronograph function. Similar to a stopwatch, this watch displays three sub-dials: 30 minute, 12 hour, and seconds. The chronograph is great for keeping time for an appointment, cooking, or running. A handy calendar feature between the four and five o’clock position reminds you of the date.

Readability of the Time: The large  “appliqué” style Arabic numeral hour markings and brushed finished steel hands make reading the time easy at a glance. This timepiece is also clearly labeled at five-minute intervals with white Arabic numerals, making reading time a cinch. The silver color of the brushed finished steel hands with luminous filled tips makes a well-balanced contrast with the black stamped carbon fiber background on the dial which adds to the visibility of the time. Red printed minute marks along with the red minute hand add to the contrast of colors and snazzy style.

Workmanship: A high caliber of workmanship, the Big Bang 44mm is made out of 252 parts, contains 28 Jewels, and has a power reserve up to 42 hours, which make it run smoothly and efficiently. Hublot ensures top-notch quality with polished finishes on the stainless steel case and black ceramic bezel. Its sapphire case back protects the automatic self-winding movement mechanism inside. This water resistant watch (up to 100 meters) is attached to a flexible black rubber strap that’s corrosion, abrasion, and sweat resistant.

Cons:

Given the position of the sub-dials, the hour numerals are not marked at the 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 11 o’clock positions. Although this can make telling time more challenging, the large index marks at the 1, 5, 7, and 11 o’clock positions help alleviate some of this difficulty. The date is slanted diagonally, making it difficult to view, though the black number against a white backdrop improves its visibility. Lastly, the Big Bang is a high-end watch and this comes with a high price.

Alternative Models: Sorry to disappoint you, but there isn’t just one big bang watch. There are actually many fine alternatives in the Big Bang collection if the Big Bang 44mm 301.SB.131.RX isn’t exactly what you desire. Hublot has designed thirty variations of the Big Bang 44mm watch such as the  301.PX.1180.RX or the 301.SX.130.RX. As the consumer, you will find that these other watches may have the most bang for your buck given your personal taste. However, whatever Hublot Big Bang model you choose, you are sure to have a high quality watch.

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