It really was a crazy move. I am over the moon…

Jun 28, 2022,11:58 AM

Yes, it really was a crazy move. An action to match a WIS. 🙄

Last Thursday I discovered this watch in an internet report and was immediately hooked.

The Hublot Limited Edition Big Bang Unico Essential Grey is limited to 200 pieces and only available online.

It took me about 1 minute to decide to buy a watch whose brand I have zero experience with and which I have never tried on my wrist.

Full love, full risk. 😎

A short time later I received a confirmation and a guarantee via email that has now been extended again until June 25th, 2025.

I can’t believe that the watch was already delivered today. So five days after ordering (and not to forget one weekend in between!), I got my first Hublot perfectly packaged, delivered in perfect condition. Shortly after receiving the package someone from the shipping company called me and asked if everything was ok and the watch had arrived safely.

A fantastic service that only increases my enjoyment of the watch.

Oh yes, the watch! She is amazing and looks so much better in person than in the marketing photos. She is perfect.

The Titanium case wears incredibly light and well, the pushers of the chronograph work - as already announced by other Hublotistas - buttery smooth.

A power reserve of 72 hours and 100m water resistance guarantee absolute suitability for everyday use.

The dial looks great, too, and even the date indication (in many cases a hot topic for me because unfortunately very often designed carelessly) is wonderfully implemented here.

I am overjoyed and very happy. ☺️🙏

Almost 75 minutes have passed since the delivery. Here are the first photos for you. And thank you everyone for your encouraging words on my absolutely insane act.

Cheers 🥂

[Typo corrected upon request --- FabR]

This message has been edited by FabR on 2022-06-30 22:07:18

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Looks fantastic!

 By: Arronax : June 28th, 2022-12:00
For those willing to look beyond the hype they have some interesting things on offer. Can you remind me, Is this a flyback and what's the size?

Thanks for looking, Arronax!

 By: MTR : June 28th, 2022-12:04
At the heart of the Big Bang Unico Essential Grey beats the manufacture HUB1280 calibre, a “simple” column-wheel chronograph movement, not a Rattrapante. The case size is 42 mm.


 By: Ambiorix : June 28th, 2022-18:38
Flyback on board. Grtz,Dom


 By: MTR : June 29th, 2022-00:58
Just checked it! ☺️

Congratulations on the pickup!

 By: JoshTheCanadian : June 28th, 2022-12:02
Just my humble opinion, but I think it is awesome. There is room in any collection for a watch like this - as long as it suits your tastes! I think history will be kinder to Hublot than watch enthusiasts currently are.

Thanks a lot, Josh!

 By: MTR : June 28th, 2022-12:06
I love to move off the beaten paths and discover what I like. An eternal learning and development process that is a lot of fun and always exciting. I can't say much about HUBLOT yet, except that everything has been more than perfect so far and my impressi... 


 By: Gwai : June 28th, 2022-12:17
Looks fantastic - thanks for your story and your enthusiasm! Cheers Marc

Thank you so much, dear Marc!

 By: MTR : July 3rd, 2022-22:31
I just can't help it. 100% or not at all (this does not only apply to watches ;-)). That's where my enthusiasm comes from when I've finally decided on something. Cordially Thomas ...  

"100% or nothing at all,"

 By: Gwai : July 4th, 2022-14:47
that's something to live by. Cannot claim compliance myself at all times but I'm definitely trying. Again, a stunning watch and a ballsy move. Cheers Marc

We all are trying, with more or less great success. 😎

 By: MTR : July 5th, 2022-18:50
For me it was a development over many years. I just realized that everything else just means getting bogged down and ultimately doesn't make you happy. Too much of the wrong versus too little of the right. I'd rather choose the second. Thank you for your ... 

A risky, but

 By: MTR : June 29th, 2022-00:51
ultimately very good decision. Thanks a lot for your kind wishes, my friend. 🙏

Congrats, Thomas!

 By: walds11 : June 28th, 2022-12:16
What a stunner! I really like the greyed out look of this one.

Thank you so much, walds11!

 By: MTR : June 29th, 2022-01:00
It’s definitely a stunner and looks very impressive in real. Best Thomas

Looks great!

 By: TeutonicCarFan : June 28th, 2022-12:24
That came fast. I'm digging the all grey vibes. If they come with a non chrono that would be tempting.

Yes, extremely fast.

 By: MTR : June 29th, 2022-01:05
What about this non-chrono-iteration? Also a Titanium case, here the size is 40mm. Cheers Thomas ...  

AWESOME, Congratulations!

 By: MichaelC : June 28th, 2022-12:33
I received the same email and was, and am, so tempted. I would say this is Hublot's best effort on a a Big Bang the past few years. And it evokes the early days under Biver when they released the monochromatic models. Enjoy it and keep posting photos!

Thank you very much for your kind comment, dear Michael!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:36
I myself am very happy to have given in to the temptation and do not regret it for a second. I'm not as knowledgeable about Hublot as you are. The brand is completely new to me. But after the short experience I already have, I don't understand the many cr...  

Beautiful watch 👍🏻

 By: MiguelFlash : June 28th, 2022-13:00
Looks great on your wrist!

Thank you so much, Miguel!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:37
For it’s a keeper for sure. All the best Thomas

Very nice dial and gorgeous purchase!

 By: penfriend : June 28th, 2022-13:58

Thanks a lot, dear penfriend.

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:41
Not a MB Exo Tourbillon, but for sure a very good decision. Sometimes you look for something special for weeks and months. It is even often difficult to define properly what you are searching for. And then suddenly you see it and it gives you a Big Bang. ...  

Yes, it’s a stunner.

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:45
Thanks a lot, dear Clueless_Collector! ☺️🙏🥂 ...  

Good for you. I'm not a Hublot fan but I'd wear that watch.

 By: Blansky : June 28th, 2022-15:42
And you've tastefully arranged your "ensemble" in accordance to the watch.


 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:55
Thanks a lot, Blansky. Somehow I had a strong and secure feeling that the watch would come on that very day, which – at least in my subconscious 😎 – influenced my clothing choices. And I'm (almost) like you. I WAS no Hublot fan, either, and had absolutely... 

It's very silvery for a titanium watch

 By: cazalea : June 28th, 2022-16:09
I like it a lot! Congratulations on following through on the impulse. Cazalea

Thanks a lot, dear cazalea!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:59
I have to say that the color shading of the case and the dial are difficult to describe. Sometimes the watch looks silvery, but then again exactly as you would imagine a titanium case to be. Simply fascinating! Best Thomas ...  

May thanks, dear Fabrizio!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:50
My good impression has not changed until now. Everything fits. The quality seems great. The watch runs flawlessly. A really exciting piece, and I'm only slowly beginning to discover all its facets. Cheers Thomas ...  

Thanks for looking and your kindness, dear Yacomino!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:19
It is fascinating that you can hardly grasp this watch in its (various!) beauty. It looks different from every perspective. Playing with the different lighting conditions is also exciting. Cordially Thomas ...  

It really looks amazing Thomas! Your pictures in your first series render the watch jousting much more then the official pictures!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : June 30th, 2022-22:33
Have you been able to see what kind of rate accuracy this movement can provides? I actually went on their website today to see this reference…BEAUTIFUL

This watch is a grey chameleon!

 By: MTR : July 1st, 2022-11:52
I can't say anything solid about rate accuracy yet. I've been wearing the watch all the time since it was delivered 4 days ago. My first impression is that it was going a bit too fast at the beginning (3 sec in 8 hours) but that the watch is now gradually...  

+11 to +13 seconds in 24 hours.

 By: MTR : July 7th, 2022-23:53
Too much. I went to the Hublot Boutique two days ago. The shop manager was very friendly and solution-oriented. He assumes that a strong tremor or vibration during transport could have led to being too fast. Anyhow their watchmaker will adjust the watch a... 

Thanks for the update Thomas. Whiles it’s unfortunate by the reaction of the manager I am very hopeful his watch maker should be able to adjust it with great accuracy…

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 8th, 2022-00:53
I had a similar situation with my Panerai once where I bought one and it was running +10 sec per day, the store manager had it adjusted by its local watch maker (local panerai service center) and I could not believe how well they had regulated it! They ma... 


 By: MTR : July 8th, 2022-06:37
I think he is very ok. He just tried to find an explanation when I asked about the quality assurance for watches leaving the manufacturer. He meant that normally a watch with this kind of deviation would not leave the manufacturer. He also suggested that ... 

When talking about quality control did he share what should be the acceptable deviation at factory?

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 8th, 2022-09:59
As for sending a watch to watch maker brand new I agree with you…however after my own story I shared previously for one Panerai, for the next two Panerai I bought from that boutique i was so pleased with the regulation of the first one that in agreement w... 

I am also less fussed about accuracy as in former days, BUT

 By: MTR : July 14th, 2022-15:29
…everything has its limits…. LOL Just got the watch back. It has now been observed for one week and then been adjusted accordingly. It feels good to wear her on my wrist again. By the way: the watchmaker of the Hublot Boutique now states an accuracy of +3...  

You are too kind, dear Yacomino! 🙏🙏☺️

 By: MTR : July 24th, 2022-07:17
After observing the watch for more than a week now, we're up to a rate of +2 to +3 seconds per 24 hours depending on how I put the watch down in the evening. I can live with that. 😎 Cordially and of course: CHEERS Thomas


 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:01
And I am very happy that I yielded. 😎🙏 Thanks for looking, dear nacelle! Thomas

Beautiful watch,

 By: Ambiorix : June 28th, 2022-18:38
Congratd. Grtz,Dom

Thank you so much, Ambiorix!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:02
Your name reminds me somehow of Asterix. 😁 All the best Thomas

it finally arrived!

 By: hl99 : June 28th, 2022-20:17
love how it looks in person, congrats again!

Thanks a lot, hl99!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:04
I was and am very positively surprised. The watch looks far better in reality than I had hoped. The marketing photos look rather … flat. All the best Thomas


 By: Weems@8 : June 28th, 2022-21:06
Looks amazingly. I like some Big Bangs, and yours is a fabulous choice. I like the black and white model from white ceramic in 42mm case size. I just found a grey white Bulova, a few clicks away, almost ready to order. My character is hesitate oriented, s... 

Thank you, dear Weems@8!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:10
You are definitely a true enthusiast who is open minded and not just focused on always the same brands. I admire that very much! It’s not a bad thing to be “hesitate oriented” but you definitely should kill your “?” if your “feeling pendulum” clearly defl... 

Deep wish

 By: Weems@8 : July 1st, 2022-18:58
What i like from Hublot is it’s modern spirit and the details their watches have. The quick strap release and the sandwich case construction just perfect. The older big bangs differ from the new series. The fusion of materials is interesting. The only dis... 

Thank you so much for your kindness!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:06
And yes, I am still VERY exited. Cheers Thomas

Congratulations! Fantastic watch!

 By: quattro69  : June 29th, 2022-00:08
I just recently acquired this one… … and really enjoying it ...  

Thanks a lot, quattro69!

 By: MTR : June 29th, 2022-00:46
Your black version looks very intriguing. Is the case made of ceramic or is it PVD coated? Cheers Thomas

It’s ceramic

 By: quattro69  : June 29th, 2022-12:52
… but it’s not high gloss on the bezel, more of a satin finish. High gloss on the rim and the integral bracelet (hence the name of the watch). Really loving it. I’ve owned number of Hublots over the years but this one is by far the most understated. I do ... 

Nice. Mine says hi…

 By: walds11 : June 29th, 2022-10:56

Oh cool, love the blue!

 By: quattro69  : June 29th, 2022-12:52


 By: walds11 : June 29th, 2022-15:47
It is a stunner and gets tons of compliments. I am thinking about getting another Hublot. This one because I prefer Hublot on rubber straps:

That looks pretty cool. I will admit these have caught my eye more than once, particularly the green version.

 By: Jay (Eire) : June 30th, 2022-13:08
Have yet to see in person. Would you say the colour in person is close to how you see them presented online?

For me

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:23
the various color shades and shapes and light games are much better and more exciting in reality than presented online. See the different photos that I have already published in this thread. And thank you so much for your kind reply, Jay! Thomas

A very nice iteration!

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:05
You wear it very well!

Looks fantastic on your wrist Thomas❣️ Congrats! 🍀🤩

 By: MCG (Markus) : June 29th, 2022-01:57
What‘s your wrist size?

Thank you so much, dear Markus! 🙏☺️

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:30
My wrist size is 16,5 - 17 cm. ...  


 By: stere : June 29th, 2022-08:55
No worries about being spontanious A Hublot BB should be in every watch collection! (I know what I'm talking about ) Wear it always in good health. stere

Thank you so much, stere! 🙏

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:23
Hublot I've always been interested and I've read about this brand again and again and also studied the display in the brandstore in Vienna. But so far I haven't bothered to buy one of the good pieces. My conclusion now: I should have done this much earlie... 

A Man and his Watch!

 By: Speedie74 aka Mr. Torquise : June 29th, 2022-17:55
It was the first sentence what came into my mind when I saw your first photo! Huge congratulations, Thomas, it is a teriffic watch which fits perfect for your wrist! I find the watch even better in your real pictures as in the AD’s! Wear it in the best of... 

Dear Adam, it’s always a pleasure to

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-21:28
read your posts and I also like your taste when it comes to watches (and watch winders 😁). “A crazy man and his beautiful watch” perhaps would fit even better. Hahahaha Thank you so much for your very nice comment which I appreciate very much. Cordially T... 

Dear Thomas,

 By: Speedie74 aka Mr. Torquise : July 2nd, 2022-11:38
you are welcome! You will see other watch-post from me soon…

The price of watch was Euro 20.700.

 By: MTR : July 1st, 2022-04:42
which is not cheap. But compared with many well-known brands it is a matter of fact that the value for money seems to be very good. The movement seems to be excellent, the chrono buttons work buttery smooth, the finishing of the case is top. And it is dea... 

It looks great Thomas, particularly that first picture.

 By: Jay (Eire) : June 30th, 2022-13:09
Congrats again, your impulse seems to have been vindicated! Let’s see some more pictures and hear more thoughts over the next while.

My first (further) experiences:

 By: MTR : June 30th, 2022-20:27
Accurate, buttons buttery smooth. A wonderful shine of the case and 1,000 shades of gray. Wonderful und very easy to wear. Thanks for your friendly comment and for looking. ☺️🙏 Cheers Thomas ...  

I hardly visit this forum but then you posted so it made me look and ask..

 By: Echi : July 5th, 2022-06:46
What did Thomas get this time ;-) The brand choice certainly didn’t disappoint as you’re quite brand-agnostic based on your other pieces. Glad to see horological passion is alive and well on your wrist! And yeah, as others have chimed in, I’d wear that ... 


 By: MTR : July 5th, 2022-18:42
Thanks a lot, dear Ecchi! 😁🙏 „Brand agnostic”… What an original description! I have to admit that I've actually done very well up until now by just relying on my own, personal feelings. Trends often ebb quickly, tastes change just as quickly. And it's rea...  

Never say never but I doubt it.. my tastes are predictably simple..

 By: Echi : July 12th, 2022-08:58
I’m quite ok with what i have.. for now hahaha!

Tastes evolve…

 By: MTR : July 12th, 2022-18:45
I never imagined where I would end up. 😎 Cheers Thomas

And now?

 By: MTR : July 13th, 2022-22:51

... surrender to his / her impulses ...

 By: MTR : July 14th, 2022-15:36
... can sometimes be rather .... dangerous. LOLL

No better rationale to purchase than on emotion...

 By: pfang56 : July 6th, 2022-08:37
And it looks fantastic on your wrist. There's something about titanium on grey that is ultra modern, industrial, understated, yet elegant. Well done! I noticed you changed the strap from the other stock photos? Cheers Peter

Thanks a lot, dear Peter ☺️🙏

 By: MTR : July 6th, 2022-23:41
No, I didn’t change the strap. It’s the same ridged rubber strap that was on the watch when it was delivered. Included in delivery there’s also a silvery fabric and Velcro strap that almost looks like a Milanese bracelet. I haven’t tried it yet. Cordially...  

I like this a lot.

 By: NautNut : July 6th, 2022-18:17
at 42mm I will have to take a look at this one