Windswept sails, the spray of sea-water and the taste of salt in the air are all images that come to mind when one thinks of sailing. For those lucky enough to live by the coast, images of sailboats are often accompanied with vivid happy memories of days spent out on the waves.
This was certainly the case for Lapo Elkann, founder and artistic director of Italia Independent and Garage Italia, who grew up sailing on the mythical teak-wood yachts commissioned by his grandfather.
Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent
A Tale of Passion
For his latest collaboration with Hublot, the unquestionable master of metals in the world of fine watchmaking, Lapo Elkann seeks to bring his sailing memories, and the legacy of his grandfather’s award-winning yachts back to life. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent is a truly unique timepiece with a bezel that is crafted from real teak-wood, just like a sailing yacht.
Limited to 100 pieces, the Unico Teak comes with two straps, easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s patented One-Click technology. One is cut from the Kevlar carbon of an actual boat sail and lined with rubber while the second rubber strap is orange and decorated with stripes.
The 45mm case of the Big Bang Unico Teak is crafted from King Gold, the special alloy developed by Hublot which combines gold and platinum to radiate a striking reddish sheen. The connection to sailing continues as the use of gold is a tip of the hat to one of Lapo Elkann’s grandfather’s yachts, the Tiketitoo which had a warm golden-coloured hull.
Powered by Hublot’s in-house caliber UNICO HUB1242 chronograph movement, the Big Bang Unico Teak has a 72-hour power reserve and, like any seaworthy timepiece, is water resistant up to 100m. So, don’t be afraid to take this one out for a quick sail or a leisurely cruise around a beautiful marina.
The Big Bang Unico Teak is accompanied in its case by a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses with a frame made from the same striped teak-wood as the bezel of the watch. With a pair of khaki shorts and a cringe-worthy Hawaiian-print shirt, this makes for the perfect sailor’s holiday uniform, in our humble opinion!
HOT Verdict: We love being out on the waves as much as anyone, and we just might give this watch a try next time the ocean comes calling!