Time for love: his and hers Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull assorted watch and skis

Posted on 01/02/2019 by Eileen Schuch
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Hublot BigBang SugarSkull Valentines Gift

If you follow me in the social media you will have probably seen me posting a lot about my trip to Zermatt with Hublot for the launch of the Big Bang Sugar Skull. Before I go into detail, here the perfect “His & Hers” gift idea for Valentines for all you lovebirds out there:

Book a romantic getaway to Zermatt. Pass by the Hublot boutique in the heart of the village. Get yourselves matching Big Bang Sugar Skull watches and skis. Take your new ensemble out on the slopes early the next morning and live the exhilaration of carving virgin snow. Stop at Chez Vrony for a fondue and savor the view of the Matterhorn. Then, after a day of skiing, enjoy some quality time as a couple in one of the luxurious hotels in the village… A dream? Maybe. But surely a gift you offer yourself but once in a lifetime!

Following the traces of the Matterhorn with Hublot

I love Zermatt, particularly in winter and particularly around Christmas. This place, with its century-old houses balanced on stilts and slabs of rock, its horse drawn carriages and its pristine view of the Matterhorn, makes you feel as if time stood still. Its stunning scenery and outstanding snow record make it one of the most popular resorts in the Swiss Alps, a vibrant, bustling little village with hotels, restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Zermatt is the perfect fusion of tradition and trends, a beacon of Swissness. As is Hublot! It is only natural for the prestigious Swiss watchmaker to have opened a chalet style boutique in the heart of the village. Here, in the presence of press and bloggers, the Big Bang Sugar Skull was revealed.

Upon my arrival in Zermatt, I checked in at hotel Mont Cervin Palace that was, at the time, dressed in Christmas decorations. What a sight! All sparkles, all magical. Then I joined the team for dinner at Whymper Stube, before descending into a 5 star snooze.

In the morning, we set off for Sunnegga to meet the rest of the team and then continued on to Chez Vrony for a fondue lunch. If you have never been in this restaurant, you definitely should put a visit there on your bucket list! The view of the Matterhorn from there is breathtaking! Here a couple of snaps I took for Instagram with my iPhone.

The art of fusion: a trio united by passion, perfection and performance

In the afternoon, we met in the Hublot boutique in the center of Zermatt for interviews with CEO Ricardo Guadalupe and the reveal of the Big Bang Sugar skull.

This watch, a collaboration between Hublot, AK Ski and Bischoff, is an emblem of Swissness and the perfect expression of the art of fusion that Hublot masters like no other – not only with regards to their own timepieces but also in bringing together partners from all different traits.

Bischoff Textil is based in St. Gallen, a canton in Switzerland with a long textile tradition. The company produces beautiful embroidery and is solicited, among others, by haute couture fashion houses around the world. Like Hublot, Bischoff perfectly masters to combine tradition and innovation and so the two houses have already collaborated together for the Hublot Big Bang Broderie. Just imagine the technical prowess needed to transfer embroidery onto a watch! This video will give you an idea.

Now, Hublot has taken the idea of fusion to a next level and teamed up with AK Ski. This company, founded by Aldo Kuonen (former leader of Rossignol’s race team), stands for technological perfection, passion for skiing and performance. All their skis feature a wood core sandwich construction (wood, steel, fiberglass, carbon and rubber), a combination of materials that is typical for World Cup racing skis and very similar to the art of fusion that Hublot has perfected over the years. A special edition of AK Skis is now also the proud bearer of the iconic Hublot flowered calavera and logo. With every Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull watch purchased in the boutique in Zermatt the matching pair of skis is provided.

Declined in a female and a male version, the Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull is available in a capsule collection of 100 pieces: 50 in Blue Cobalt with a 44 mm diameter and 50 in Hot Pink with a 41 mm diameter.

Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull Hot Pink

This watch in black and neon pink features a carbon fiber dial that shows a skull, a calavera, made from organza. Floral arabesques remind of fine lace and evoke the patterns of the traces left by skiers in the snow. The polished black ceramic bezel is sublimed with pink composite resin inserts. The dial, a combination of carbon fiber and pink embroidery, is set with twelve black diamonds as markers around which two polished black-plated hands are making their way to display the time. A self-winding HUB1100 movement provides a power reserve of 42 hours.

Hublot BigBang SugarSkull HotPink

Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull Blue Cobalt

The male declination of the Big Bang Sugar Skull is a black chronograph with Cobalt Blue inserts. It features a Skeleton Dial with Mexican Skull and satin-finished black-plated appliques with blue luminescent. The movement is a self-winding HUB4214 caliber that drives the hour, minutes and seconds function, the calendar and the chronograph and provides a power reserve of 42 hours. A solid case of black micro-blasted ceramics protects the mechanism. Blue rubber and black calf straps with black stitching and a stamped Mexican Skull round up the allure of this statement timepiece.

Hublot BigBang SugarSkull CobaltBlue

It was an absolute pleasure to meet the Hublot team, Francesca Kuonen and her brother Marco from AK Ski as well as the representative of Bischoff Textile; a pleasure that was sublimed by a joined dinner at Hotel Julen just before departure from Zermatt the next day.

In a next article, I will tell you more about AK Ski, the incredible Francesca Kuonen and the details about the collaboration with Hublot she revealed during our interview. I hope you enjoyed reading and are hungry for more!

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