As the Lunar New Year approaches, Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot has teamed up with Chinese artist Wen Na to create the Hublot Big Bang, a unique and stunning piece of art celebrating the upcoming Year of the Rabbit.
” painting Spirit of the Big Bang Black Ceramic Rabbit“, is a combination of traditional Chinese culture and modern fine watchmaking.
Wen Na visualized the 12 double hours of the ancient Chinese calendar with heavenly bodies and earthly branches and associated them with traditional elements. Lunar New Year, such as lanterns, fireworks and lion dances. The result is a mesmerizing painting that captures the wonder and excitement of the New Year and brings to life the traditional customs associated with the Lunar New Year. The scene depicts a prosperous and powerful Year of the Rabbit, conveying the atmosphere of a family reunion.
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In traditional Chinese culture, the rabbit is considered sacred and auspicious, and therefore the Year of the Rabbit 2023 is known as the “year of luck”. Porthole wanted to give the artist an opportunity to celebrate this Lunar New Year with his unique artistic language. Using Wen Na’s unbridled imagination, a group of charming and naive rabbits engage in various traditional Chinese activities, including dragon and lion dances, installing or changing gate deities, hanging festive lanterns, giving gifts, and more to make the 12 double clocks interestingly imagined. receives red packets.
Wen Na also presented the rabbits in a playful style, making them look more modern. Adhering to the theme of the Year of the Rabbit and the quintessence of traditional Chinese culture, it artistically recreated the funny and energetic rabbits in various double times, thereby adding new vitality to the new year and interpreting Hublot’s innovative and pioneering spirit, which is “be different”.
The Hublot Big Bang Black Ceramic Rabbit is a unique and surprising watch to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year and Year of the Rabbit. The dial of the watch is exquisitely crafted and features a festive scene depicting playful bunnies on various double watches. The masters of the brand use different brushes to paint the dial, some details are depicted with fine, thin strokes. Each hand-painted dial is created through an intricate process that takes more than 40 hours and stands out from the rest, each piece becoming a unique and unprecedented work of art that showcases the brand’s exceptional watchmaking expertise.
The depiction of the hour markers on the dial adopts an artistic expression derived from the traditional twelve branches of the earth, representing a respect for deep Chinese culture and the brand’s efforts to take its pioneering fusion philosophy to new heights. The watch features a tonal case, the signature design code of the brand’s Spirit of Big Bang collection, and incorporates all the classic design elements of its Big Bang watches, such as the six-screw H on the bezel, lugs. all sides of the case, a rubber screw-down crown emblazoned with the iconic H, and a sandwich-style construction.
Besides, Hublot Big Bang Black Ceramic Rabbit crafted from black ceramic to create a perfect contrast to the striking depiction of the dial, which features rabbits celebrating the Lunar New Year. The 42 mm diameter case houses the HUB1710 self-winding movement with a 50-hour power reserve. This watch is a perfect blend of traditional Chinese culture and modern fine watchmaking, embodying the spirit of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit in a unique and fascinating way.
Only 12 pieces of this horological masterpiece are available worldwide at a price of €41,000.
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