BIG BANG MP-11 and SAPPHIRE TOURBILLON
BIG BANG MP-11
Showcased in 3D Carbon
Hublot, the alchemist of high tech materials, presents its new Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon. This ultra-light material has been reinforced with three-dimensional fibre woven resin, shaped into a case inspired by a race engine. Equipped with 7 series-coupled barrels providing 2 weeks of autonomy, this mechanical architecture reveals the in-line cylinders within a 3D case with sides in smoking black. As a leader in the shaping and industrialisation of materials, Hublot breaks the glass ceiling with its new 3D carbon case, composed of polymer matrix with three-dimensional fibres, previously not used in watchmaking. Ultra-light and highly resistant the case showcases the extraordinary movement.
“Born from the expertise acquired through the development of the MP-05 “La Ferrari” in 2013, the Big Bang MP-11 marks a new chapter in Art of Fusion. The ultra-complex architecture of the movement has been completely rethought to fit seamlessly into a Big Bang case, which showcases the exceptional aesthetic and performance. The new Big Bang MP-11 embodies this fusion of reinvented mechanical watchmaking and demanding materials”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot.
A Helical Structure
The new Big Bang MP-11, streamlined in 3D carbon offers a spectacular view of the 7 series-coupled barrels and the in-line power reserve indicator. The multi-cylindrical construction, which has been positioned on a horizontal axis, guarantees autonomy for an astounding two weeks. A masterstroke. The hour and minute display is driven by a vertical geartrain, which posed an additional challenge for the designers. The force of the barrels is tilted on a perpendicular plane by a transmission system very rarely employed in watchmaking: a 90-degree helical worm gear. As another unique feature of this innovative calibre, the balance is transposed to the dial side to create symmetry with the helical gear. Vibrating at 4 Hz, it also features a newly patented index-assembly system. A New Generation Carbon.
The “All Black” Big Bang has been created from a polymer matrix composite reinforced by three-dimensional weave. The lightness and resistance is unparalleled – with the bracelet included, the watch only weights 90 grams. The three-dimensional structure of the carbon creates unique facets and reflections. This version, with smoked composite sides, allows the black PVD-treated mechanism to be admired with its polymer matrix composite case. The 45mm openwork case reveals the engine inspired architecture. Protected by the US military, this high-tech material is making its debut appearance in watchmaking. At Hublot, of course!
BIG BANG SAPPHIRE TOURBILLON
Crystalline Mechanics Hublot is already a pioneer when it comes to colouring and shaping of its sapphires cases. This year Hublot is taking the mastery of sapphire crystal, an ultra-resistant material which is difficult to machine, to the next level. The Hublot in-house skeleton tourbillon movement is laid bare, held by a strip cut in sapphire! The new Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon is completely transparent, including the case, dial, strap and tourbillon movement.
The crystalline connections disappear to reveal the skeleton mechanics of the tourbillon, for which the cage is held in place by a strip cut from sapphire. Hublot’s innovation and research has once more broken through a glass ceiling in the when it comes to usage of sapphire crystal in watchmaking.
“Sapphire is hard and fragile at the same time, which opens up an infinite realm of possibilities. In recent years we have managed to industrialise it and to dye it in original colours. We are now going even further to perfect this unique expertise: creating detailed components from sapphire as well as high-tech polycarbonate.”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot.
The magic of the invisible This Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon forged from sapphire creates absolute transparency. Sapphire is the hardest and most durable material after diamond. For the first time, its skeleton movement and see-through connections are revealed through ‘invisibility’, where only a few metallic gears sketch out the contours. All of the parts are clear: the sapphire middle, bezel and the back of the case reveal crystal mechanics that seem to float. The dial and its numbers, index and power reserve indicator are all opalescent and flown over by perforated hands.
This 99-edition manufacture tourbillon represents a breakthrough in the technical and aesthetic use of sapphire. In addition to its 45 mm case, cut from a block of sapphire, the tourbillon strip is designed in the same material, which is almost indestructible. The new Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon represents the Art of Fusion between clarity and purity. On the wrist the Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon appears invisible with a transparent rubber strap, whilst revealing the inner mechanics of the watch.