Art, much like the cycle of time, is in constant evolution, mirroring society’s ever-changing aesthetics and ideals. This concept is embodied in the remarkable collaboration between Hublot and the avant-garde artist, Dr. Samuel Ross. Their joint creation, the Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A by Samuel Ross, epitomizes the beauty of reinvention, transformation, and the endless pursuit of perfection.
For over a decade, Hublot’s commitment to art has been evident. The luxury Swiss watchmaker has championed collaborations with groundbreaking artists and designers, continuously redefining the boundaries of horology. This spirit of innovation culminated in 2020 when Hublot and Samuel Ross began their partnership. The resultant masterpiece, birthed from three years of intricate engineering and design evolution, presents an impeccable amalgamation of traditional watchmaking and cutting-edge artistry.
Ross’s latest rendition of the Big Bang Tourbillon builds upon his initial design. Subtle enhancements augment the watch’s personality, solidifying its industrial look with shiny micro-blasted titanium case components, a laser-engraved Hublot logo on the clasp, and a crown coated in grey rubber. The tourbillon bridge’s neutral shade is a purposeful choice, facilitating versatility for wearers switching between the watch’s three rubber strap colour options.
Beyond mere functionality, Ross’s inspiration from nature’s sacred geometry is apparent. The hexagonal pattern, a motif of natural balance, is meticulously incorporated. This juxtaposition of hyper-technical and traditional elements underscores Hublot’s ‘Art of Fusion’ ethos. Further, Ross’s signature style, involving the deliberate interplay of materials, is evident. He contrasts rubber with manufactured metal, achieving an equilibrium between the natural and industrial realms.
Diving into the mechanics, the Big Bang Tourbillon SR_A operates on the precision of the 282-component Manufacture HUB6035 caliber. With a consistent beat at 3 Hz and a power reserve of 72 hours, the watch stands as a testament to Hublot’s dedication to technical excellence. It’s a balance of visual allure and mechanical mastery, available in a limited edition of just 50 pieces.
Ross’s journey in the world of art and design is nothing short of extraordinary. Establishing brands like A-Cold-Wall* and SR_A, his unique design language has fostered revolutionary collaborations and earned him a devoted global following.
Beyond his achievements, Ross’s perspective on luxury goods, especially through SR_A, presents a refreshing and futuristic vision of the industry. Recognized by Forbes and acclaimed by institutions like GQ and the British Fashion Awards, Ross’s accolades speak volumes. With exhibitions spanning renowned venues from the Victoria & Albert Museum to Design Miami, Ross is a creative force, redefining the intersection of art, design, and luxury.