Hublot's $1m watch: more than a cosmic price tag
The origins of one of Earth's most remarkable collectible watches are truly out of this world
Hublot's status as a preeminent luxury watchmaker was cemented when it won the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève prize for jewellery watch of the year 2009.
Few were surprised. The Swiss luxury watchmaker's Black Caviar Bang boasts a $1m price tag and is limited to just one edition.
But that's not all. As well as boasting a Solo T Tourbillon and remarkable power reserve of 120 hours, the watch is made from a raw material from another world: black diamond.
According to geologists, pea-sized black diamonds - aka carbonado diamonds - originate from outer space, containing traces of hydrogen found in the cosmos.
Formed in supernovae explosions, the diamonds were thought to have been the size of asteroids when they first landed on Earth. Today, Black Diamonds are only found in Brazil and the Central African Republic.
Hublot's Black Caviar Bang contains hundreds of precision-cut black diamonds, totaling 34.5 carats; 322 on the case, 179 on the bezel and 30 on the clasp.
The deep black tones of the diamonds are visible on the surface of Hublot's watch, whose creation required over 2,000 hours of painstaking work from design to completion.
Its origins may be in space, but the Black Caviar Bang is today one of the most remarkable collectors watches on the planet.