In May 2020, Swiss Luxury watch brand Hublot celebrated the grand opening of its new flagship Boutique on Chuo-dori Street in Ginza, Tokyo. To celebrate this important milestone, the watchmaker has collaborated with the renowned designer Yohji Yamamoto to release the limited edition Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto.
“We are honored to celebrate the opening of our new flagship Boutique in Tokyo with fashion designer super star Yohji Yamamoto. This All Black limited edition we created together expresses a simple beauty through the fusion of Yohji Yamamoto’s black design signature and the complicated GMT manufacture movement.” – Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
“This watch can easily display the time zones of the two cities where I’m based, Tokyo and Paris. Moreover, the hours are invisible. As a person who isn’t always forthcoming, I find that highly amusing. I’m pleased to have taken part in the creation of this model to celebrate the opening of Hublot Boutique in Ginza, a unique, famous and iconic neighborhood of Japan.” – Yohji Yamamoto, Fashion Designer.
The world famous avant-garde fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics and for having created “the Shock of Black”, which shattered preconceptions of traditional tailoring, collaborated with Hublot to develop this exclusive timepiece.
Born from duality, the timepiece displays two different time zones through its GMT feature. At the heart of the timepiece, the Hublot Unico manufacture movement HUB1251 is equipped with a patented proprietary module which enables the second time zone to be updated instantly by a push-button, allowing the local time to be read easily via the conventional main hand of the watch. The time at home is indicated using a second arrow-shaped hour hand, which integrates a day/night indicator and is set using the crown. True to the All Black concept, tone on tone, the signature of Yohji Yamamoto can be discovered at six o’clock.
In 2006, with its All Black collection, Hublot launched a brand-new and pioneering concept: “Invisible visibility”. The all-black design of this new limited edition expresses a philosophy symbolising the very essence of the brand. Literally, the model is completely black; it has a black case made of micro-blasted black ceramic, black hands, a black dial, and a black rubber strap. Even the sapphire crystal is made of smoked sapphire.
Limited to 50 pieces, the Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto is exclusively available at the Hublot Boutique Ginza.