Hublot never sits still, and while Baselworld is the usual epicenter of the brand to introduce new watches, they don’t let that limit their sense of innovation. Also this week in Geneva Hublot introduced some watches that pay once again tribute to the “Art of Fusion”, expanding existing collections in extraordinary ways!
When Hublot released two takes on sapphire Big Bangs last year, the Unico Sapphire and the All Black version, we suspected that wouldn’t be the last we’d see of the clear case material. Lo and behold, our hunch has proved correct with the release of the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire.
Compared to 2016’s white-on-white and jet black limited editions, the Magic Sapphire feels far less ghostly and much more tangible. This is largely down to the smart design. By using their ‘Black Magic’ visual style with its contrasting elements, such as the black strap and texture-heavy dial with red accents, Hublot has made the spectacular 45mm sapphire case shine. So while the specs of the Magic Sapphire are essentially the same as before, the result is a completely different watch, and one that really pops IRL.
The Hublot Masterpiece was a rather large tonneau-shaped Hublot timepiece with a tourbillon (of course). It was the first tonneau-shaped watch from Hublot, and I wasn’t sure if it was the start of something new, or just a one-time experiment for collectors. Today Hublot has a few tonneau-shaped watches under its belt, and continues to produce a handful of them under the “Spirit Of Big Bang” collection. The “Masterpiece” name lives on, and eventually turned into the “MP-01, MP-02, etc…” moniker. The last Hublot MP watch that I recall in a tonneau-shaped chase was the Hublot MP-06 for Senna from 2013.
With the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold, the hand-wound manufacture calibre HUB1201 sees its unusual mechanism housed in a case made from Magic Gold, a scratch-resistant gold developed and patented by Hublot with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne five years ago.
This special gold alloy is created by the fusion of 24-carat gold and ceramic. The result is a super hard material (almost 1000 Vickers) which only diamond is capable of machining.
Well! It’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of ever-escalating novelties that defines the industry – because let’s forget, for all the talk of savoir-faire and timelessness, this is an industry. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing what creativity and innovation can be packed in a 45mm case, but it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a watch doesn’t need to have a brand new in-house movement, multiple tourbillons laid out in the shape of a swan or a dial crafted from the tears of a fallen angel to be a beautiful, lustworthy object.