In 2011, Hublot launched the King Power UNICO GMT, a daring exploit that utilized four rotating satellites to display 24 timezones at once. While it was, beyond debate, an impressive movement, it proved to be — as with most GMT watches — a bit of a learning curve to comprehend and operate. However, in Geneva this year, the manufacture had launched the first Big Bang GMT, a watch that appears to be damning antithesis of the latter in the best possible way.
The ingenuity of this watch lies in a patented module integrated into the Hublot UNICO cal. HUB1251, which enables the second time zone to be updated instantly by a push-button, allowing the local time to be read easily via the conventional main hand of the watch. The two push-buttons at two and four o’clock, while reminiscent of a chronograph, are used to advance the local time forward and backward in one-hour increments respectively. They have been redesigned to ensure they can be distinguished, and more than that, their rectangularity have been drawn from the historic push-buttons of the first Big Bang models. There’s also a safety device that prevents the simultaneous activation of the two push buttons.