HUBLOT LAUNCHES THE BIG BANG UNICO GOURMET
Hublot’s Michelin-starred and gastronomic adventure began in 2017 with Andreas Caminada. Seven great Michelin-starred chefs have since joined the Hublot family. For the second time, Hublot is bringing them together, for a private dinner, where two of them have been given carte blanche to create a dinner that is “first, unique, different”. Four Michelin-starred hands joined together for the first time to create a menu that fuses the excellence, the style and the signature of Anne-Sophie Pic & Yannick Alléno. For a chef, their knife is their ally at all times – there is no dish without a knife – and, among the different materials used to shape these knives, Damascus steel is the most iconic. The material’s unique pattern is now reflected in the Big Bang Unico Gourmet in a limited edition of 200 pieces. The spirit of gastronomy extends to the bracelet which itself is cut from the fabric of cooking aprons. The Velcro fastener makes the watch useful and practical, and not just in the kitchen.
“At Hublot, we love high gastronomy, we love people who convey their savoir faire and their signature onto their dishes, those who know how to fuse ingredients to make them unique while staying authentic This dinner is so much more than a Michelin-starred dinner, more than symbolic, it is a pivotal moment in the history of Hublot gastronomy that sees two of the greatest chefs in the world come together to create one menu. A moment which we mark with the unique imprint of Damascus steel, this legendary steel that is also the greatest ally of chefs,from their kitchen knives to, from today, their wrists.”- RICARDO GUADALUPE CEO HUBLOT
“In my profession, I love the fusion of ingredients that reveal new flavours through endless combinations.Experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen is an art and is comparable to handling materials in watchmaking. In giving me and Yannick Alléno carte blanche for this four-handed dinner, Hublot invites us to experiment and to express the Art of Fusion. Fusion brings together distinctive elements, here two culinary universes, two genres, two styles. A human adventure that makes our shared passions even more meaningful.” -ANNE-SOPHIE – MICHELIN STAR CHEF AND HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
Fusion in the Kitchen
One evening, the Hublot brigade and four Michelin-starred chefs. The challenge: to bring two of them together in the kitchen and let the fusion happen. The result? A unique experience and a unique menu that leave an indelible mark. In a menu developed in tandem, Anne-Sophie & Yannick fused two ingredients essential to their cuisine and to Hublot: respect for raw materials and a taste for innovation. The two chefs combined Anne-Sophie Pic’s instinctive and intuitive cuisine with Yannick Alléno’s experimental and modernist technique. A meeting of minds and taste that brought to life an experience and a menu that were first, unique and different. One hundred guests had the chance to experience a moment suspended in time alongside the chefs and their brigade. At the table for once, Eneko Atxa and Paul Pairet took part in the extraordinary experience on the other side of the looking glass.
Big Bang Unico Gourmet – Limited Edition of 200 pieces
To celebrate its Gastronomy family, Hublot imagined transposing the chef’s steel of predilection to that of its watches. Damascus steel affixes its original imprint on the case and the bezel of the Big Bang Unico Gourmet. Thanks to its practical Velcro strap, the UNICO HUB1280 manufacture chronograph will just have enough time to measure the speed with which it takes for the watch to go from the chef’s wrists to the chef’s stainless-steel worktops.
A Legendary Steel on the Wrist
This storied steel, historically known as Wootz and originating in the Damascus region in 300 BC, was known to forge the most resistant and cutting swords. Today, Damascus steel refers to a technique of hammering and folding steel to make it more resistant. This steel is often used to forge the kitchen knives prized by Michelin-starred chefs. It is now used to make the Big Bang, in a limited edition of 200 pieces – the Big Bang Unico Gourmet. Also known as Damasteel, it iss made by the Swedish company Damasteel, which has mastered the fashioning of this material since 1876. This unique steel has greater resistance and a unique weave of patterned steel on its surface. Damasteel is not a traditional metal, it is a metal composite created from two types of steel. The first, 304L, is dark and made primarily of carbon; the other, 316L, is lighter – the two are forged, folded and folded again like a flaky puff pastry, then pressed. A matrix rendering that sees the two materials welded into each other, producing a patterned weave that is unique every time. These moiré patterns, like a fingerprint, are never identical. To adapt perfectly to the watch’s dimensions, Hublot chose a unique design, a pattern that fuses age-old savoir faire with the innovation developed by Damasteel. Surface corrosion of the composite allows the stratification of the two steels to appear, revealing the pattern through a contrast of the materials. In addition to its highly recognisable aesthetics, Damascus steel is also renowned for being more durable than traditional steel.