At Baselworld 2016, Hublot debuted a new limited edition “long power reserve” timepiece family with the Hublot MP-07 42 Days Power Reserve watch. Thematically, the Hublot MP-07 is sort of like the new baby brother of the still slightly more expensive MP-05 La Ferrari which originally debuted in 2013. With that said, there is a diamond-covered version of the Hublot MP-07 42 Days Power Reserve that has a price very close to a million dollars. What the Hublot MP-07 42 Days Power Reserve shares the most with the MP-05 is the concept of the movement which has a series of stacked mainspring barrels and time indication via moving discs along with a vertically-mounted tourbillon which is visible on the side of the movement.
Did you ever wonder what goes into the construction of a watch case and, in particular, a watch case made of high-tech materials like carbon fiber? In this exclusive video, we get deeper insights into the Hublot carbon-case-manufacturing workshop in Gland, Switzerland to find out. We will follow the fabrication of a watch case component from its arrival in raw form, through its cutting and polishing, and finally to its assembly into the case. Along the way you will witness the many hand-crafted steps, some of which resemble those in the assembly of a watch movement, necessary to create the complex Hublot Big Bang case. The video also includes a demonstration of Hublot’s unique strap attachment system that allows the wearer to change the strap with the simple push of a button.
Requiring 18 months of research, development and testing to complete, the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 was the the first diver’s watch able to withstand the pressure exerted at a depth of 4,000 meters, or about 13,120 feet. (Hublot actually tested the seal all the way to 5,000 meters in a Roxer tank.) To ensure the watertightness of the watch and to resist this extreme pressure, the synthetic sapphire crystal is 6.5 mm thick. The screw-down caseback is made of grade 2 titanium. The Oceanographic 4000 has a helium valve, which allows gases that have infiltrated the watch during the descent to safely escape during the ascent.
Hublot has long been known for its bold use of non-conventional materials and combinations of materials in its watch cases; several years ago, the brand even created its own scratch-resistant “Magic Gold” alloy that it has since used in several watch models. This year, Hublot makes horological history with the first large-scale series of watches with cases cut from pure sapphire blocks.
Hublot released the first Big Bang Ferrari watches, products of a collaboration with the famed Italian automaker, in 2012. Since then, the brand has expanded the Hublot Ferrari collection each year, with all models equipped with Hublot’s in-house Unico movement.
In early 2013, the brand released three new models headlined by the Hublot Big Bang “Red Magic Carbon.” Its Unico movement incorporates a flyback chronograph mechanism that uses two push-buttons and can be reset at any time. Unlike many other chronograph movements, it has a column wheel visible on the dial side, an hour counter driven directly by the barrel, and no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are made of ultra-light silicon and affixed to a removable platform. First released in 2009 (and, according to Hublot, continually adjusted ever since), the movement has 330 parts, a high frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours.