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Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Pictural review

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Here's my very humble review of the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon.

I'm not used to that, so bare with me. Maybe it will help other making a decision on this watch.

This new watch is full of flaw and it's a bit inevitable. A tourbillon movement is very complex and 2-3 year ago, no one on this forum could have even thought it would be possible to have this kind of replica.

This replica use a tourbillon made by Seagull. It'd fairly well build and reliable. The only problem is, if you ever have a problem, you will have an hard time finding a watchmisth with the skill/competence to repair this. I remember few year ago when Tourby started to show up (at over $1k a piece.. and it wasn't near as nice as those we have today) Narikaa had one broke on him. He found a small shop near him able to repair it for like $7.. So, I guess if anything goes wrong, there's someone somewhere that can fix this movement.

I can't find picture of this model as comparison, but I will use the Batman one (if anyone find one, let me know I will update)

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And here's the Rep

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Of course, this rep won't win any price for accuracy.

  • The Center hands are off center (due to asian tourby movement)
  • The dial pastern is wrong. The lower side shouldn't be "circle" but more like "wood texture" They had it correct for the RoseGold version.
  • The tourby cage is wrong. They really tried to duplicate it (and frankly, it's impressive!) but it's simply impossible. The cutoff is a bit too big
  • The Hublot Tourby "float" over the dial, while the Rep is flush... which lead to the other flaw
  • The case is tick! Much ticker than the usuall HBB rep

I use my V1 Black Magic as comparison. Please note, the crystal on this one was AR by Chief.. The rep doesn't do bad in this area!

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Quite a bit ticker case!

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Side by side, the Tourbi look good.. Really good actually! The AR is one of the best the rep world have to offer.

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The claps look the same. I think the edge are a bit better finished than my Blackmagic, but I'm sure in a day or two I will scream about this uncomfortable claps :)

One note about the strap. Even if it's visually identical to the one my V1 have, it is noticeably softer on the Tourby. No idea what they did, But I find it more comfortable.

Verdict:

If you accept this rep isn't accurate, and will probably will never be, this is a stunning watch!! Such a piece of horlogerie was only dream few years ago for us Rep collector. This is my 3rd Tourbillon watch (First was the "Homer" one, which I sold because it was too small for me, and the second is a JLC which I did a review too today. The Hublot have a presence and a classy/sporty look that is hard to find.

If you like the look of it, buy it! This rep can be found for just a bit more than the usual tourbillon watches (I paid mine $600)

To end, the inevitable Gorilla (7 3/4") wrist shot

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