Hublot’s Exuberant Spirit Shines Through Its First Salvo of 2024
The vivacious watchmaker delights on multiple fronts with its first offering of the year.
As one of the younger Maisons in LVMH’s stable, one can always count on Hublot to inject vitality into the proceedings of any watch fairs in which it participates. Constantly challenging conventional notions of luxury watchmaking since its inception in 1980, Hublot’s showing at the LVMH Watch Week Miami does not disappoint, as it fires on all cylinders, impressing on multiple fronts with stupendous complications, material innovation, and dazzling aesthetics. Here are some of the buzz-worthy standouts.
MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System
Headlining Hublot’s novelties is the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System, which, in short, is a reimagining of a tourbillon timepiece. Devoid of a dial, hands, or oscillating weight, the watch shows the time vertically via four rotating displays: hours at the top followed by minutes, power reserve, and a tourbillon that doubles as the running seconds. Suspended and inclined, the latter is made from monobloc aluminium, and a patent application is pending for this unique mechanical configuration. The 592-part HUB9013 calibre took five years to develop and has a power reserve of 48 hours. Limited to 50 pieces, it is equipped with two blocks of white gold that wind the movement bi-directionally as they move up and down, while shock absorbers prevent them from colliding with the banking.
Big Bang Unico SAXEM Green
As much as we were floored by last year’s SAXEM (Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Mineral) piece, we have to admit that a neon yellow tourbillon watch might be a tad too flashy for everyone’s liking. Although the new Big Bang Unico SAXEM Green can be likened to a somewhat tamer cousin, it is still quite the head-turner in a lush, verdant hue as its innovative case material creates the illusion of emitting luminosity. In contrast, its HUB1280 UNICO 2 calibre has been blackened, bolstering the technical look of the watch. With a three-day power reserve, the new-generation flyback chronograph movement has an open-worked design, and one can admire the column wheel at 6 o’clock as well as the cut-out date disc encircling the calibre. Limited to 100 pieces.
Spirit of Big Bang 32mm Jewellery
Hublot has never been shy in showing the ladies some love while demonstrating its watchmaking prowess. This year, the Spirit of Big Bang’s iconic tonneau-shaped form, in stainless steel or the Manufacture’s proprietary 18K King Gold, is slathered in precious gems from dial to case. Of particular note are the Rainbow models with 493 rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, tsavorites, and yellow and orange sapphires that are paired with a matching multi-coloured strap. However, those with an insatiable appetite for diamonds will undoubtedly be drawn to the Full Pavé versions with 479 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 2.1 carats. Part timepiece, part jewellery, and all gorgeous, the watches are powered by the HUB1120 self-winding movement.
Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski
Entering the seventh year of his partnership with the Manufacture, artist Richard Orlinski has become such a Hublot mainstay that its CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, declares: “He’s now part of our family.” This year, The Orlinski models come in unexpectedly cheery pop colours – bright yellow and sky blue – that flamboyantly highlight the sculptor’s signature origami-like aesthetic. Encased in a 45mm ceramic case, the manual-winding HUB6021 tourbillon movement (with an impressive 105-hour power reserve) takes on two distinct looks – sporting black PVD skeleton bridges on the yellow version and silver rhodium plating on the blue model. Limited to 30 pieces each, the watches come with matching smooth rubber straps.
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