Berluti and Hublot’s partnership has announced the launch of a 100 limited editions Big Bang Unico chronograph watches.
The partnership, which began four years ago, has focused on bringing together a collaboration of both the watchmakers’ experience with the fashion house’s designs.
Both companies reportedly worked “hand in hand”, with Kris Van Assche, creative director of Berluti spearheading the new series to design a “model based” for the first time on the Big Bang Unico chronograph.
Hublot said its engineers drew on the “experience gained” during previous collaborations with Berluti to provide the “iconic” Venezia leather to the Big Bang Unico’s dial.
Ricardo Guadalupe CEO of Hublot said: “The final result combines an exercise in style, due to Kris Van Assche’s flair for fashion, with an amazing technical feat made possible by the expertise of our watchmakers, designers and engineers, all of whose know-how was required to master the conception of this new bezel.”
The design depicts “encased leather” between two pieces of sapphire glass which was cut out for the “first time” to allow the wearer to “admire the gears” of the Unico movement.
Berluti said the Venezia leather that features on the watches comes in Cold Brown patina and witch bezel.
Van Assche said: “The patina is our trademark, usually present in our shoes and leather goods, but all that know-how can also be used for something totally different.
“Bringing the Cold Brown patina – which was inspired by an archive patina and renewed through a glaçage process to obtain a rich, cutting edge colour – to the Big Bang Unico is an opportunity for Berluti’s craft to be discovered in a new context. Using our tradition and heritage in innovative, forward thinking ways has opened up a world of possibilities.”