Powering the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White is the HUB4700 movement, which is a Hublot-branded and skeletonized El Primero high-beat chronograph caliber (both Zenith and Hublot are owned by LVMH after all). This movement oscillates at 36,000 A/h or 5Hz, includes 278 components and 31 jewels, and provides a fairly generous 50 hour power reserve. The two feature white contrast stitching and a black porcelain deployant clasp. The caseback includes Hush’s “Fame” artwork (hereafter called Katinka Ingabogovinanana) that matches the caseback, along with the text “SPECIAL EDITION” and also the watch serial number denoted as “XX/50. “Moving to the “Fortune” timepiece, Tristan Eaton’s production appears much more dim by comparison. The Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph East Coast Bronze includes a brushed, all-bronze situation with very similar styling to the Big Bang Bavaria released earlier this year, sans the Lederhosen strap. This really is a dual-register chronograph using a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and operating moments at 3 o’clock, which also includes Eaton’s signature as a stylized T-and-E insignia.A date aperture is visible at 6 o’clock in contrasting black with white font, which stands out well against the brown-and-gold color plot of the dial. At 45mm by 13.05mm this is by no way a small watch, and combined with gold-plated hands and hour markers and the gold-toned case it should stand out as an ostentatious sign of luck. Such as the “Fame” timepiece, this is a limited edition of 50 units also contains a corresponding “SPECIAL EDITION XX/50” inscription on the caseback.
The Colt has always been one of the basic watches in the Breitling line-up, but available only in steel. Now it’s been given a makeover: the Colt Skyracer is lighter, cheaper and more military-esque – and also SuperQuartz. The new look amplifies elements traditionally found on military watches, with large Arabic numerals in a shadowed font, a 24-hour scale, along with red accents on the dial.
Despite being the entry-level model, the Colt Skyracer boasts an unusual case material: Breitlight. It’s a carbon composite that leaves the large 45mm case lighter than it looks. The black and grey marbled surface of the material is due to its composition, which is carbon fibre strands mixed inside a hardened polymer.
The Colt Skyracer is powered by the SuperQuartz cal. 74 , a top of the line quartz movement made by ETA. It’s from the ETA Thermoline family of movements, which are equipped with a sensor that measures the temperature of the quartz oscillator, allowing the movement to digitally adjust its rate to compensate for rate variations due to fluctuations in temperature. Consequently, a SuperQuartz movement keeps time to within 15 seconds a year, compared to the 15 seconds a month of ordinary quartz movements.
A feature that is unique to the Colt Skyracer is the easily removable rubber strap that latches onto bars integrated into the lugs. Once separated from the case, the strap doubles up as a ruler thanks to measuring scales on each side of the strap.
Price and availability
Priced at US$2000 or S$2850, the Breitling Colt Skyracer will reach Breitling boutiques and retailers at end June 2017.
Additionally, the Colt Skyracer makes its Singapore debut at a pop-up store in VivoCity that takes place from June 27 to July 2. Open from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily, the pop-up store will be located at Central Court B of the mall.