The material of choice for Michelin starred chefs, Damascus Steel, has made its way from their knives to their Big Bang Unico Gourmet.
Showcased as one of the unique pieces at the Bahrain Jewellery Centre (BJC) pavilion at Jewellery Arabia 2022, the limited edition watch is one of only 200 crafted pieces.
Hublot’s Michelin-starred and gastronomic adventure began in 2017 with Andreas Caminada and 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”.
“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,” said Hublot chief executive Ricardo Guadalupe in an official statement.
“This is 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 that is also the greatest ally of chefs, from their kitchen knives to, from today, their wrists.”
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.
“Damascus steel, historically known as Wootz and originating in the Damascus region in 300 BC, was known to forge the most resistant and cutting swords,” added Hublot in its statement.
“This steel is often used to forge the kitchen knives prized by Michelin-starred chefs and it is now used to make the Big Bang, in a limited edition of 200 pieces - the Big Bang Unico Gourmet.”
This unique steel, Damasteel, has greater resistance and a unique weave of patterned steel on its surface and is not a traditional meal but is a material composite create from two types of steel.
A matrix rendering that sees the two materials welded into each other, producing a patterned weave that is unique every time which are never identical - like a fingerprint.
To adapt perfectly to the watch’s dimensions, Hublot chose a unique design, a patter than 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.
The spirit of gastronomy extends itself 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.