Swiss watch brand Hublot has partnered with Ledger to merge crypto tech with traditional craftsmanship with the Big Bang Unico Ledger.
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology seem to be penetrating every facet of life these days, from luxury spirit NFTs to watches only available for purchase with specific digital currencies. Now, a new collaboration banks on the power of cryptocurrencies with a new limited-edition timepiece that boasts its own crypto wallet.
Limited to just 50 pieces the Hublot Big Bang Unico Ledger combines bold yet timeless horology with a secure Ledger Nano X crypto wallet.
Created in partnership with Ledger, a leading crypto and digital asset platform, the watch is based on the Big Bang Unico, which has a 42mm black ceramic case and a skeletonised automatic chronograph in-house movement. Most striking is the watch’s high-contrast golden bezel, cast in solid “Electrum”, a natural gold and silver alloy that was used by Lydian societies in around 580-590BC to mint the earliest known coins.
For the watch, Hublot’s R&D Department developed a special stainless version of the alloy containing a 50/50 gold-silver mix. The Bitcoin Latin motto “Vires in Numeris”, or strength in numbers, is stamped six times into the bezel’s outer edge. Together, these themes capture the spirit of the world’s oldest and newest currencies. The case back is engraved with the Ledger logo and the 50-piece limited-edition number.
Packaged with the watch is the Ledger & Hublot Nano X, a limited-edition crypto key that will only be available with the watch. The Nano X is Ledger’s signature digital asset wallet, a market-leading Bluetooth-enabled piece of hardware for safely encrypting, securing, managing and growing your crypto assets. The Nano X is finished in matte black and decorated with both Ledger and Hublot logos.
These will be delivered in a special presentation box made of a transparent smoked black sapphire chosen to illustrate the transparency and security of blockchain and decentralised currency. The case also makes an ironic reference to the solid, once impervious nature of traditional vaults and safes, which serve no function when it comes to digital assets.
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