Hublot is certainly most known for its luxury sports watches with shaped cases, fusion of material and integrated straps. There is, however, another collection at Hublot that we somehow tend to overlook, a collection of shaped watches, with a barrel-like case, the Spirit Of Big Bang. Part of the 2020 novelties presented in Dubai, Hublot introduced its 10-day power reserve movement in this collection with the Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10.
This combination is a first for Hublot. Indeed, for the first time the Spirit Of Big Bang, a collection that is gaining importance at Hublot, is receiving the popular Meca-10 manufacture calibre. Why only now…? Well, since the Spirit Of Big Bang has a shaped case, encasing the Meca-10 movement required some important adaptations on the movement to make it shaped just like the case of this watch.
Behind this watch lies the wish of Hublot to have harmony between cases and movements, meaning that the mechanics should follow the same lines as the cases – a requirement that is enhanced by the fact that Hublot’s mechanical movements are almost always visible through transparent dials and casebacks. The main idea was to take the Meca-10 movement of the Big Bang collection and to adapt it to the barrel shape of the Spirit Of Big Bang. What could seem simple was, in fact, quite a complex task and watchmakers were “tasked with revising the whole construction of the movement so that it would fit in the new space available as efficiently as possible from a technical aspect“. The usual round main-plate is replaced by bridges with a fixed length on either side of a ring that serves as a base for the movement.
The Meca-10 Calibre HUB1233 found in this new watch is, other than its new shape, equal in terms of specifications. As such, it has an extra-long power reserve of 10 days, thanks to its parallel twin barrel. Since we’re talking hand-wound calibre, Hublot’s idea was to make the power reserve indicator the central piece of this watch. The indicator is also unusual, two racks sliding on a line between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock with an innovative new rack and pinion, whilst the opening at 3 o’clock shows the number of days left on the power reserve. It is an entertaining and high-performance display. The movement is, as often with Hublot, skeletonized to reveal most of the technical parts.
The Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10 is, for the rest, faithful to the codes of this collection. The case is large, at 45mm across and 14.45mm in thickness. It retains the signature 6 H-shaped screws on the bezel and the sandwich construction of the dial with black contrasting element in the middle and lateral “ears”. The watch is worn on a structured rubber strap with folding buckle matching the case.
Price and availability
The Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10 will be available in 3 versions:
- Titanium – 614.NX.1170.RX – EUR 22,700
- King Gold – 614.OX.1180.RX – EUR 43,500
- Black Ceramic – 614.CI.1170.RX – EUR 26,900
More details at hublot.com.
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