Big Bang is one of the most important Hublot collections ever produced. Thanks to the Big Bang, Hublot has reborn in 2004 as a modern, stylish and innovative brand. The unique and appealing design of the Big Bang attracted numerous watches enthusiasts that were looking for a bold sports watch with a charismatic personality. Actually, the particularity of the Big Bang is defined by the company’s unofficial slogan “the art of fusion”. The design of the watch is a fusion of materials, textures and colors. Unusual materials such as titanium, steel carbon fiber, ceramic, rubber and resin are used together for creating stunning timepieces that have a distinctive look and feel. Strong, provocative and functional, the Hubglot Big Bang is a watch that ignites your passion for modern sports watches with a touch of luxury.
Even though when the Big Bang was first launched on the market, its 44 mm case was considered to be oversized, nowadays people adore wearing big watches and the Big Bang is currently the smallest model in the Hublot portfolio. Oversized timepieces are extremely popular right now so the Big Bang is a great choice for those who prefer masculine designs with a rugged construction. The military style dial, the “H” screws used on the bezel and the unique combination of materials define an intriguingly modern watch.
One of my favorite Hublot Big Bang models is the Big Bang reference 301.SX.1170.RX. It is one of those timepieces that have an understated beauty which captures your attention instantly due to a very inspired choice of nicely balanced colors and materials. The brushed stainless steel and deep black tones make a stunning duo in this case, a duo that lets you know with a big bang that this watch is a keeper. And I have every intention of turning it into the centerpiece of my replica watches collection. This is why a couple of months back I have ordered a knockoff of the black Hublot Big Bang 301.SX.1170.RX and now after wearing it on numerous occasions I am ready to share with you my thoughts on this replica.
My Hublot replica watch comes with a sleek vertical brushed stainless steel case that emphasizes a distinctive masculine and rugged look. Unlike other polished and shiny sport timepieces, this one makes a bold statement and accentuates the casual aesthetics of the case by using a matte finish dial and a texturized black rubber strap. I guess, the secret to its unique looks is the total absence of shine. There are no polished surfaces whatsoever. Everything is brushed or matte creating a stunning visual effect which I absolutely adore.
The case of this Hublot Big Bang model measures 44 mm in diameter and is 24.5 mm thick. Manufactured from solid stainless steel which has been vertically brushed, the case is designed to be water resistant up to depths of 100 m/330 ft. The caseback is transparent as to offer a glance at the inside mechanism. The watch is adorned with a stunning scratch resistant sapphire crystal which shines beautifully above the dial and a vertically brushed bezel fixed with 6 iconic “H” style screws- each one having a different orientation. On the sides of the case there are two black Kevlar guards fixed with 2 “H” screws. Also, on the right side of the case there is the winding crown and two stainless steel push buttons with rubber inserts on the ends. After extensively wearing the watch and comparing its case to the one of the original watch I came to the conclusion that this is a pretty exact replica. The case, the bezel, the crystal, buttons and screws are identical to the ones used on the genuine watch. The only difference I could notice was the caseback. My Hublot imitation does not have the clear back. Instead it comes with a solid stainless steel back as shown in the below photo.
Call me crazy, but I think that the dial of this Hublot Big Bang Chronograph 44 mm is pure perfection. There is something about its beautiful matte black satin-finished Rhodium-plated dial that bedazzles me. And there’s more to its charm. To complete its unique look Hublot has used brushed finished stainless steel Appliques hour markers with luminescent fill and brushed finish stainless steel hands with luminous tips.
To offer enhanced legibility, on the outer edge of the dial there is also a white printed minutes track that features 5 minutes Arabic numeric intervals. The utility and functionality of the dial is given by the 3 small dials and the date window. There is a small dial located at 3 o’clock which displays 30 minutes, one at the 6 o’clock position which counts 12 hours and another one at the 9 o’clock position which shows seconds. The date window is positioned between the 4 and 5 o’clock. Upon a very close look at my replica I noticed that it is not as exact as it might seem. I was disappointed to see that the hour markers and hands are plain brushed, but not vertically brushed as the original one, and that the numerals printed on the 3 and 6 o’clock small dials are different than the ones on the real Hublot Big Bang. Furthermore, the background color and the font used on the date window are also incorrect.
The Hublot Big Bang 301.SB.131.RX comes with a modified Swiss ETA automatic chronograph movement that is also known as Caliber HUB4100. This extremely precise and complex mechanism beats at 28,800 vph, has 48 jewels and it is made out of 252 parts. It is a very beautifully constructed movement which features a custom made Hublot automatic rotor that can be admired through the transparent caseback. Additionally, the watch offers an impressive 42 hours power reserve. I assume there is no surprise here, but my replica watch doesn’t come with the same type of automatic movement. It is not even close. As I opted for the cheaper version, my imitation has a Japanese automatic movement that work pretty nicely, has a smooth sweeping second hand and a 18-20 hours power reserve. I have worn this watch very often and every single time it has kept very accurate time. I really think it is worth its price.
On the wrist, my Hublot replica feels sporty and comfortable, mainly due to its inspired choice of band. Hublot made this model with a black lined rubber strap that is complemented by a stainless steel deployment buckle clasp. The band has that nice masculine vibe we all love about Hublot watches, plus it feels amazing. Even though it is an oversized model, somehow the weight is distributed perfectly on the wrist and you just don’t feel its weight. It feels natural and practical. I have checked very carefully the strap and clasp of my replica and compared it to the authentic ones. I couldn’t see any differences. The material, the texture and the authenticity markings are exactly the same.
I am a very big fan of the Hublot Big Bang. It is the ultimate sports watch and I can say without any doubts that the 301.SB.131.RX model is one of my favorites. It has a simple, but unique design that is perfect for modern men who appreciate the finer things in life. And even though my Big Bang replica is similar from some point of views and works great, it still has a couple of major errors that bother me. Nevertheless, it is a great watch that has received many compliments for its unusual design, oversized dimension and interesting materials. And I will continue to wear it proudly every time I get the chance.