Baselworld 2015: Hublot Big Bang Unico “Full Magic Gold” Marks 10 Years of Big Bang

Hublot celebrates the 10th anniversary of its now-iconic Big Bang collection in 2015. At Baselworld, the Swiss brand renowned for its “fusion” concept of mixing materials will debut the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold, which it calls “the most scratch-resistant gold top replica watches ever created.” Scroll down for more info.

Hublot first announced its proprietary, patented “Magic Gold” alloy in 2011, and the material made its commercial debut in the case of a Big Bang Ferrari limited edition cheap replica watches in 2012. Magic Gold, certified as 18 carats by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control, was developed by Hublot in Switzerland in a partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). It is a mixture of 24k gold with high-tech ceramics, created in a complex process that involves pre-formed boron carbide powder in molds, which is then hardened at extremely high temperatures, creating a rigid, porous structure. Afterward, molten liquid gold is injected into the structure under very high pressure, filling the pores to create the final alloy, whose defining property is its exceptional resistance to scratches: its hardness is close to 1,000 Vickers, whereas standard 18k gold is only 400 Vickers.  (For a detailed explanation of how Hublot creates its Magic Gold, click here to read our article on the process.)

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold is a limited edition of 250 pieces. Like its brethren in the Big Bang Unico family (the first Big Bang  was introduced in 2013; you can read about it here), it sports a big 45-mm-diameter case, with a bezel secured by H-shaped screws (here in black PVD-treated titanium), and is outfitted with Hublot’s in-house Unico movement. The Unico (also dubbed caliber HUB 1242) is an automatic movement equipped with a flyback chronograph function incorporating a column wheel and a double clutch — both of which are visible on the dial side thanks to the best Cartier replica watch’s skeleton dial. The date is visible in a white window at 3 o’clock.

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The polished Magic Gold case (which is water-resistant to 100 meters and is fitted with a nonreflective sapphire crystal in the front and back) also sports a Hublot logo-branded crown made of black satin-finished PVD titanium and chronograph push-pieces in the same material. The caseback is made not of Magic Gold but of micro-blasted black PVD titanium (there’s that “fusion” again). The dial features subdials with satin-finished gilt counter rings at 9 o’clock (for small seconds) and 3 o’clock (for the chronograph minutes counter). The gilt-plated hands and indices are coated with Super-LumiNova. The Unico movement, including the rotor, has a striking anthracite gray treatment and holds a new replica watches  power reserve of 72 hours. The Hublot Big Bang Unico comes on a structured, ribbed black rubber strap with a deployant buckle in black PVD titanium. The price is expected to be announced at Baselworld 2015.

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IWC – Swiss filmmakers in the spotlight

Swiss replica watches film promotion receives fresh boost: film director Marc Forster, Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, Zurich Film Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri and Ringier CEO Marc Walder have joined forces to found the joint “Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz” (Association for Film Promotion in Switzerland), with the aim of increasing the significance of national film projects. The central feature of the Association’s activities is the “Filmmaker Award”, which will be presented annually to support one or more selected projects.

The idea for the “Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz” (Association for Film Promotion in Switzerland) was born from a commitment to the film industry and Switzerland’s own film and media culture shared by the five founding members, as well as from their personal friendships and professional collaboration, which in some cases stretches back over many years. “We are all passionate about cinema and film, and decided to give Swiss filmmaking a boost by focusing our efforts on promising film projects,” is how the Association’s President, IWC CEO Georges Kern, sums up the motivation of the replica watches for sale individuals behind the project. The non-profit association is based in Zurich and was founded on 9 December 2014. The Board comprises Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, founders and co-directors of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), Ringier CEO Marc Walder, and Marc Forster, who has established an international reputation as film director, producer and screenplay writer.

Support for Swiss filmmakers

The main priority of the “Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz” is the support of Swiss film productions. “Thanks to our experience and a worldwide network of national and international partners, we are ideally positioned to strengthen the standing of Swiss filmmaking and promote it beyond the country’s borders,” explains Karl Spoerri. “Our aim is to be a cheap replica watches flexible and unbureaucratic source of support to filmmakers when traditional sources of funding are either exhausted or not available for other reasons.”

Someone who knows how tough the film business can be and how much determination it takes to make a name for yourself is Marc Forster. No one was waiting for the German-Swiss director back when he graduated from New York University’s film school. He wrote a best Breitling replica watches number of screenplays and made several low-budget films before landing his big breakthrough. “When you’re producing a movie, you can find yourself without money for any number of reasons. Small national productions in particular are often forced to make savings at the cost of quality. Even a relatively small amount of money can get you out of a difficult situation. To ensure that the Association’s funds are used to the best possible effect, we will be on hand to give filmmakers solid, practical advice,” he explains. Today, he is a respected filmmaker who made an international name for himself with hit films “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland”. Since then, he has been involved in further successful productions, including the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” and action movie “World War Z”.

The competition is open

The primary focus of the activities of the “Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz” is the “Filmmaker Award”. It will allow the Association to assist Swiss film productions in accordance with clearly formulated criteria. The request for submissions for the first “Filmmaker Award” is now on the ZFF website and invites Swiss filmmakers to submit their projects. To be eligible, feature films and documentaries need to be at least 60 minutes long and require gap or post-production financing. The jury, consisting of Marc Forster, Georges Kern and Karl Spoerri, together with a well-known chairperson to be chosen annually, will select the nominations from the projects submitted. The winner(s) of the award, who will receive funding totalling CHF 100,000, will be announced during the IWC Gala evening at the 11th Zurich Film Festival in late September 2015. Georges Kern, CEO of top replica watches store manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, a co-partner of the ZFF, is proud of the fact that apart from partnerships with other film festivals in Beijing, New York, London and Dubai, the company is now able to help Swiss films and national filmmakers.