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Hublot Bing Bang Sapphire: back in black

Don't let your eyes deceive you; Hublot's latest timepiece is completely translucent

Hublot Bing Bang Sapphire: back in black

Don't let your eyes deceive you; Hublot's latest timepiece is completely translucent

The second in Hublot's see-through line, the entire case is built from sapphire – the hardest material on earth after diamonds.

Unlike the first iteration, which featured a see-through dial and white accents, this takes on a much darker shade. The case is crafted from a block of sapphire crystal that has been coated with black metal.

This gives the clear material a dark hue while maintaining its transparent properties. The jet black skeletonized movement, bezel, pushers and watch face all add to Hublot's now trademark decade-old 'All Black' range.

Under the hood lies one of Hublot's proudest achievements – the UNICO movement. More a platform than single calibre, these modular movements can be modified to offer a range of complications.

In this case, the Sapphire All Black runs on an automatic Unico HUB1242 flyback chronograph movement. The Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black is made in a limited series of just 500 pieces. It retails for around US$60,000.