Hublot has announced the Big Bang e – a luxury WearOS smartwatch that costs a whopping $5,800.
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This is not the company’s first attempt at an intelligent timepiece. Its most famous smartwatch is the Big Bang referee, a device launched for the last Fifa World Cup. That was the one in 2018 in Russia. A sequel was planned for the Euro Cup in early 2020, but now that the tournament has been posponed the watch has as well.
The Big Bang e is quite a different animal, though. It comes in a 42mm case that holds an OLED high-definition touchscreen protected with scratch-proof sapphire crystal. The thing runs on a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Powering everything is a 300mAh battery.
There’s also water-resistance down to 30 meteres, an accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone but strangely enough no heart rate sensor or built-in GPS. You do get some extras over typical WearOS devices in the form of Hublot watchfaces capable of displaying the lunar calendar and one more which changes color throughout the day.
There are two variants. A $5,800 version made of black ceramic, and a “cheaper” edition constructed from titanium. That one costs $5,200.
There is nothing particularly special about the specs so its not entirely clear why the device is so pricey. Presumably you are paying for the brand and the stylish craftsmenship. The company says the watch comprises 42 components, most of which are for the K Module (the cage that houses the digital heart of the watch). Mind you, the Big Bang Referee was also steeply priced at $5,200.
The watch is not available just yet and Big Bang e has not been put up for pre-orders. But you can sign up on the company’s website to be kept notified when this changes. We are expecting this to be a limited edition timepiece.
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