The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire of reference 411.JX.1170.RX is one of the few sapphire crystal watches Hublot produces - and today is my favorite. Several years ago, the first watch with a sapphire crystal case I knew of had been published by ultra-high-end watchmaker Richard Mille at a price of over $ 1,000,000. I remember seeing it for the first time in a shop window - unable to be touched but interesting to watch. No, this material certainly didn't look replica watches Hublot like plastic. Now, a few years later, the price of a sapphire crystal case for a watch has apparently reached the mere five figures. No, it's not exactly a bargain price, but it makes you understand that demand (even in the luxury game that is the watch industry) will lower prices. The same thing happened to ceramic watches - with ceramic and sapphire crystal celebrated for their resistance to scratches. Now, a few years after the observation of this extraordinary Richard Mille as something with which I would never have had the chance to spend much time, I wear a Hublot with sapphire and I must admit that it was a really positive experience. P >
In my opinion, the prices of watches with a sapphire crystal case will continue to fall, although most "good things" will continue to be increasingly expensive. Let's talk about what these watches are and why you might be interested. I believe it was in the late 1980s or early 1980s, when synthetic sapphire glass began to be presented as crystal material in wristwatches. The plastic replica watches and the glasses were previously used as a protective cover on the watch dials - whose main weakness was scratching or easily shattering. The sapphire crystal was appreciated for its strength similar to that of the diamond and its high vicker (scratch resistance). For me, it's impossible to think of going back to a time when most watch crystals were less resistant. Obviously today it is possible to have a lot of watches with mineral glass or traditional acrylic crystals - but nothing in my opinion comes close to sapphire crystal.
Making a round piece of worked sapphire crystal is something very different from doing something as complicated as the parts that make up a case. This is the main reason why sapphire crystal cases are so expensive. It is not that the basic material is expensive, but rather what it takes to get a real case. One of the biggest problems is the error rate in the manufacturing process. This means that some parts simply break (irretrievably) while being cut into a shape. I heard from people producing sapphire crystal that something like 30% of the parts were broken during the manufacturing process. But if the parts survive the manufacturing process, they are generally free of future problems. What also complicates the processing of sapphire crystal is that, being so difficult, it quickly consumes cutting tools. This means that in addition to taking a very long time to process the sapphire crystal (compared to the metal that it is), there is much more cost when it comes to providing enough cutting tool heads to get the job done. P >
Round or circular shapes are the easiest to work with because they can be made on lathe cutters. This means that something like the UNICO Hublot Big Bang sapphire bezel is easier to work than the main upper and fake watches Hublot lower part of the case. Overall, the Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire is a moderately complex sapphire crystal case, whose price actually seems fair compared to the competition. What is important, however, is how it looks and feels. As I said, this is nowhere near similar to plastic.