For Watches and Wonders Geneva 2023, Hublot has unveiled a number of new timepieces and styles. The MP-13, a completely new Hublot product, a new Big Bang model, a new Square Bang model, a partnership with Takashi Murakami, and an upgrade to the Classic Fusion Chronograph are all part of the collections.
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Defying conventions and undeterred by superstition, Hublot reveals the character of its latest model. The 44 mm MP-13 is encased entirely in brushed titanium and for the first time brings together two complications, the tourbillon and the retrograde display, in one. But take note, as these are not just any old complications.
The tourbillon completes a full rotation every minute on one axis, and every 30 seconds on the other. Having two speeds within the same mechanism creates a view that is both hypnotic and technical.
To further enhance its magic, Hublot has crafted a tourbillon with two refined attributes: it is skeletonized and suspended. This architectural design grants the tourbillon a weightlessness that more traditional versions lack. It does away with the upper bridge, and each component is pared back unsparingly to allow light to pass through unobstructed. To amplify the visual effect, the space surrounding the 6 o’clock tourbillon has been opened up and is protected on both sides by anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Like all models in the MP series, the MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis will only be produced in a very limited edition of only 50 numbered pieces. Designed entirely in titanium with a black rubber strap, the watch has a full satin finish and contains 374 components.
Three New Editions from Square Bang Unico Collection
Hublot has taken the Square Bang Unico collection back to the drawing board, this time exhibiting the Maison’s exceptional skills through the use of sapphire with the exclusive Square Bang Unico Sapphire, offered in a limited run of 250 pieces. Despite the two-fold challenge of its square format and the case’s multi-layered sapphire construction, Hublot’s engineers have successfully ensured that this timepiece is water-resistant to a depth of 5 ATM.
The renowned Unico movement, manufactured in-house, has also retained all the distinct features on which its reputation is founded. Set at 4 Hz (28,800 vib/h) and offering a 72-hour power reserve, the prestigious automatic column-wheel flyback chronograph calibre known as the HUB1280.
Incidentally, it is perfectly adapted for the square format, allowing it to be admired through the openwork dial, the back of the watch, and now through the sapphire crystal case itself.
Furthermore, Hublot is strengthening its position as a pioneer and leader in the use of ceramics by presenting two new editions of the Square Bang Unico, in white and black. Each of these three models is fitted with a rubber strap and a titanium deployant buckle clasp. The One Click interchangeable system, developed exclusively by Hublot, makes it possible to personalize the watch by choosing from an extensive range of optional straps.
Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon
For more than two decades, the philosophy of Hublot’s Nyon-based manufacture has extended to every aspect of contemporary watchmaking: fusing materials, finishes, designs, colours, alloys, techniques, and aesthetics. As illustrated in the new Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon.
Bringing together the interwoven nature of carbon fibre and Texalium with the HUB6035 manufacture calibre, Hublot created an exclusive openwork back plate for this piece. The permeable structure emerges behind the watch’s components. It allows light to penetrate to the heart of the movement, strengthening the cohesion between aesthetics and technique, while also recalling the interlaced nature of the materials and the exclusivity of the piece—the only one in the world with a monobloc component of this kind.
Each piece will be individually numbered and have all the attributes of the iconic Big Bang: integrated strap (100% carbon fibre, protected by Texalium), crown with a rubber insert, two side lugs to protect the case, six iconic functional screws on the bezel, and a double sapphire crystal (face and back) with anti-reflective treatment.
Hublot x Takashi Murakami Unique 13 Stay On The NFT Pool
Hublot and Takashi Murakami take the watch as a work of art to a new level by bridging the art of fine watchmaking with digital art. The 13th watch of the collection, unveiled in New York, is the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Black Ceramic Rainbow, and it is also a masterpiece. Taking inspiration from the two previously launched pieces, this watch reinterprets the iconic emblem of Takashi Murakami: the smiling flower.
Here, the 12 petals of the flower form a perfect gradient of rubies, sapphires, amethysts, tsavorites and topaz. Thanks to an ingenious ball-bearing system developed by Hublot’s engineers, the petals create a dizzying spectacle of colour as they spin on an axis with each movement. The kinetic effect of the petals creates a striking effect against the 45mm black ceramic case. The center of the smiling flower is placed on top of the sapphire glass to create a three-dimensional effect.
The twelve other references, which will be available for purchase by holders of the NFTs on the dedicated e-commerce platform, recall the master flower and represent one of the petals. Twelve references for twelve hours on the dial, and twelve NFTs. The heart of the watch beats with the manufacture Unico calibre set in the emblematic Classic Fusion design, a unique movement that offers a 72-hour power reserve. This is the third watch collaboration between Hublot and the Japanese artist, and this launch is proof of the incredible collectability of this partnership.
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