Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull – Presentation At Zermatt

My Journey To Zermatt

A few weeks ago, I packed my stuff and picked up the Porsche Macan to drive it up to Zermatt.  It was a truly perfect day for such an amazing trip. The sun was out, music at full volume – ideal to join Hublot’s presentation of the Big Bang Sugar Skull…

The Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull

It evokes fine lace whose pattern is drawn beneath the arabesque tracks left by skiers. This is the Big Bang Sugar Skull. With the mountain as a backdrop, the story of a new friendship has begun. A story that unites Hublot, Bischoff and AK SKI. The fusion of three traditions of Swiss expertise that share the same values: passion, performance, innovation, demanding standards, creativity and pleasure. The fine Saint Gall embroidery and its ancestral art made by the Swiss flagship company Bischoff and the skis by AK SKI, in a spirit of fusion, cut in rubber, proudly bear the Hublot SKULL emblem.

Hublot & Ak Ski – Swiss Fusion At It’s Peak

Francesca and Marco Kuonen are perpetuating the vision and passion of their father, Aldo. As lovers of fine materials, and as true aesthetes, time for the Kuonens is set by Big Bangs. So it was perfectly natural for Francesca to contact Ricardo Guadalupe in order to make skis in the name of the prestigious Manufacture. Nine months later, as the first flakes come and pose their white gold on the peaks, the ‘Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull’ limited editions and their alter egos – from the black strips, cut in floral arabesques from the block, to the coloured bases and their assorted poles—are just coming out of the workshops. AK SKI has revolutionised the world of winter sports by becoming the first manufacturer to use rubber on its skis. This material is also part of Hublot’s pioneering spirit. It is extremely elastic, it has an unbeatable stretch factor and resistance. Rubber brings together the performances and the destiny of the two Houses that have become friends.

Winter Is Here, And So Is Hublot

Winter is here and Hublot has taken over winter sports, the mountains and resorts. From Zermatt to Gstaad, from Courchevel to Verbier, Aspen, or even Kitzbühel, the Hublot boutiques are opening their doors to winter time. If you’re ready for a total Hublot look, get to Zermatt. The resort, which is emblematic of the ‘Swissitude’ held so dear by the brand, lives at the pace of the Manufacture. If you arrive by train, you just need to walk up Bahnhofstrasse to the Chalet-Boutique, inspired by a traditional barn, to become immediately immersed in the spirit of the resort. “With a Big Bang Sugar Skull on your wrist and skis on your feet”, you will hit the peaks by taking Zermatt’s cable cars, sponsored by Hublot, and the Hublot Express to the Gant-Blauherd slopes.

Capsule Collection

From Nyon to Saint-Gall, via Nidwald, these are the Swiss values of excellence, tradition and modernity that come together to give life to a capsule collection of 100 watches. Their 42-hour power reserve will give you all the time you need—and almost the desire—to ski or walk between the Hublot Chalet-Boutiques of Zermatt and Courchevel.

Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull Blue Cobalt

50 watches, machined into a 44-mm diameter case in matt black ceramic, housing a mechanical automatic winding chronograph movement. The emblematic skull is drawn in midnight blue on the skeleton dial. Its motifs are engraved on the bezel and embossed on a strap of calfskin sewn onto rubber. A chronograph whose small second counter and minute counter mischievously evoke the gaze of the skull.

Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull Hot Pink

Bischoff’s master craftsmen prepared the silk organza embroidery in their workshops in Saint-Gall. Flashy floral arabesques sketching out a “skull” motif dress the ‘Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Hot Pink’ from its carbon-fibre dial to its ceramic bezel and its pink rubber strap. On the dial, layered sheets of fibre printed with transparent resin are affixed onto a base of carbon fabric. A process that grips the embroidery so as to give it an illusion of depth and the finesse necessary for it to be housed within the heart of the dial. A 41-mm diameter demonstrates time-honoured expertise encapsulated like a work of art and telling the time through 12 black diamond indexes. Limited to 50 pieces.

Hublot Boutique Zermatt – The Evening

After a delicious Fondue in the afternoon at Chez Vrony, we had a relaxed event at the Hublot Chalet in Zermatt. The Boutique is a very charming place in the middle of Zermatt, I truly loved the warm and cosy ambiance.

Porsche Macan – Why is it such a success?

Porsche – Facts and Figures

Guess where you can find one of the highest Porsche frequencies in the world? Yep, it’s Switzerland. Walking through Seefeld in Zürich, you start to question yourself, if literally everyone owns a Porsche. And since the Macan has been presented, it almost feels like a Porsche-madness.

But that’s what we see, and not really facts and figures. A good motivation to do some research. The result is as epic as I expected and proves what I’m discovering here every day.

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Porsche Increases The Worldwide Sales

So what is this telling us?

  • Porsche increased their sales by ∼19% comparing 2014 & 2015
  • The Porsche Macan is the most sold car in 2015 – wow!

Source: Statista.com

Porsche Sales – Switzerland

It looks even better in Switzerland, and also here the Macan is a real success story.

Source: ASTRA/Mofis, auto-schweiz

Review Of The Porsche Macan GTS

Those facts and figures are impressive. A good motivation to drive the Porsche Macan GTS and figure out, why it’s such a success story. So let’s explain this point by point.

SUVs are still showing increasing sales figures.

Meanwhile, pretty much every brand presented their SUV. Even sports car producers like Lamborghini will launch one in 2018. Also the reasonable-priced brands like Kia, Seat or just any other brand you can think of, has an SUV in it’s portfolio.

The reasons are pretty simple to explain:

  • Most of the time it’s a 4 wheel drive, which makes it more convenient to manage mud, snow, or let’s call it ‘rather difficult terrain’
  • Perfect for housewives to pack their duties, shopping stuff and their children (I’m not saying that SUV’s are a housewife-only thing)
  • The majority of SUVs comes up with a solid amount of torque, perfect to overtake and ‘get out of here’ in the city.
  • Skiing week-end, Florence with the family for a week? A SUV provides you plenty of space to go by car

But why the Porsche Macan?

On the one hand, it’s a quality aspect. Buying a Porsche means you get a high quality car. On the other hand it’s a statement. Owning a Porsche represents Swiss values in many ways. A high-quality and solid car, sporty with plenty of fun aspects but still not too flashy. Plus, the resale value for a Porsche is another good argument. Sounds very Swiss, doesn’t it?

Considering Porsche’s history and the feelings the brand built up over the last decades might be another reason for the fan culture here. I’m sure you will read more about Porsche’s impressive history on my blog.

A better fit than the Cayenne?

I have the feeling that the Macan looks a bit more ‘911-ish’ than the Cayenne. The measures are showing the same result. The Macan has been down-scaled by ∼100cm in height and length. And that’s probably the reason why it sells so good. In a way it’s a SUV but with the ideal size for a city-use.

Porsche Macan For The Techy

The driving experience was impressive. I drove it for four days, as well up in the mountains. The Macan manages the city/mountains balance in a brilliant way – as I mentioned, this might be one of the reasons Porsche sells it so well.

The GTS contains a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 front engine which produces 360 hp & 500 Nm torque. It’s an active all-wheel drive system which intelligently distributes the power. 0-100 Km/h? 5.2 seconds.

More Options to be found -> www.porsche.com

Would I buy it?

Absolutely yes. The prices are starting at 89’000 CHF