Hublot is a brand which attracts a wide variety of opinions. Over the years, the LVMH brand has been accruing accolades for their groundbreaking innovations, first beginning with the UNICO in-house chronograph (and a first manufacture calibre for the brand) and then tackling high concept high horology pieces ranging from the LaFerrari to the mind boggling Antikythera. The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 launched at Baselworld 2016 follows in the same vein of aspirational haute horlogerie and today, Hublot continues their “art of fusion” with a brand new Meca-10 variation, the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold.
New Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 now in Magic Gold
The new Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 is still dressed in the easily identifiable Big Bang case and instead of micro-blasted titanium or black ceramic, the latest Big Bang Meca-10 comes in the brand’s signature robust gold-alloy known as “Magic Gold”. Hublot succeeds much like the man credited for re-invigorating the brand – with Biver’s style of dramatic and theatrics.
The HUB1201 Movement returns in the new Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold with the same dial-free theatricality showcasing the calibre’s deceptively simple three hand, 3 power reserve indications. Certainly 1 power reserve indicator would suffice you question? Yes it would but it wouldn’t be Hublot and what better way to show off 10 day’s worth in true Hublot fashion by actually engineering some highfalutin rack, gears and wheels system all linked together in order to demonstrate the enduring stamina of two mainspring barrels in parallel.
Thankfully, dramatism comes with some common sense, the main indicator at 6 displays an easy to read 1 to 10 dial with numerals with red framed window while the rack and pinion system reminiscent of a hand-saw slides from 9 to 3 o’clock demonstrating how well the mainspring is charged. At 3, the piece de resistance and my personal favourite bit of engineering (only because it appeals to the gun nut in me) looks similar to the bullet cylinder on a revolver but rather than bullets, the circles eventually reveal as the watch is running on empty towards the last 2 days of run time. Once you tire of the mechanical opera, there’s always the regulating organ at 7 o’clock partnering a small subsidiary seconds to keep you entertained during traffic jams and boring conferences.
If that isn’t enough, even the reverse of the movement exhibits cool architectural style similar to the most modern productions of technical minded independent watchmakers. Three high contrast main bridges convey a sense of brutalist machismo while holding aloft the twin mainspring barrels and a scattering of gears. High mechanical fans would love the aesthetic openworked movement.
Also making a comeback is the Magic Gold. Hublot’s proprietary blend of 18-carat gold so hardy that only diamond can mar the surface of 1000 Vickers hardness. In short, the latest Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold is the kind of boss’s watch that could conceivably run unmarred and untarnished if used as a daily beater beyond desk diving. A fusion of 24-carat gold and ceramic, Hublot’s high tech foundry at Nyon Manufacture produces Magic Gold exclusively for the brand
The latest Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold is limited to 200 pieces, retail price is to be announced.