The 10-day power reserve movement has found its place in the barrel-shaped Hublot.
Hublot is known for its luxury sports watches with shaped cases, fusion materials and integrated straps. However, we somehow tend to overlook another Hublot collection, a collection of shaped watches with barrel cases, the Big Bang Spirit. As part of its 2020 presentation in Dubai, Hublot introduces its 10-day power reserve movement in the collection, in the spirit of the Big Bang Meca-10.
This combination is a first for Hublot. In fact, the ever-popular Meca-10 manufacture movement is available for the first time in Hublot’s increasingly esteemed Big Bang Spirit collection. Why only now…? Well, now that the Big Bang Spirit has a molded case, encapsulating the Meca-10 movement required some important tweaks to the movement to make it the same shape as this watch’s case.
Behind this watch is Hublot’s desire for a harmonious coexistence between the case and the movement, which means that the mechanism should follow the same lines as the case – a requirement because Hublot’s mechanical movement is almost Always enhanced by the transparent dial and case back visible. Wholesale watch . The main idea is to take the Meca-10 movement from the Big Bang series and adapt it to the barrel shape in the spirit of Big Bang. What appears to be a simple thing is actually a rather complex task, and the watchmaker “was tasked with modifying the overall structure of the movement in order to fit as efficiently as possible technically into the new available space”. The usual circular main plate is replaced by a fixed-length plate that flanks the ring that serves as the base of the movement.
The Meca-10 Calibre HUB1233 found in this new watch is identical in terms of specs aside from its new shape. Thus, thanks to its parallel twin barrels, it has an extra-long power reserve of 10 days. Since we’re talking about a hand-wound movement, Hublot’s idea was to make the power reserve indicator a central part of this watch. The indicators are also unusual, with two racks sliding on a line between 9 and 3 o’clock, with an innovative new rack and pinion, while an opening at 3 o’clock shows the power reserve remaining days. It’s an interesting and high-performance monitor. Like Hublot, the movement is skeletonized to showcase most of the technical components.
For the rest, the Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10 stays true to the code of the collection. The case is large, measuring 45mm in diameter and 14.45mm thick. It retains the iconic 6 H-shaped screws on the bezel and the sandwich structure of the dial, with contrasting black elements on the middle and side “ears”. The watch is worn on a structured rubber strap with a folding clasp that matches the case.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – HUBLOT SPIRIT OF BIG BANG MECA-10
Case: 45mm wide x 14.45mm high – Satin-finished and polished titanium, 18k king gold or black ceramic – Bezel with 6 H-shaped titanium screws – Sapphire crystal front and case back – 50m water resistance
Movement: Meca-10 Hublot Calibre HUB1233 – Manual winding and skeletonized – 228 components – 26 jewels – 21,600 vibrations/hour – 10-day power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds, oversized power reserve indicator
Strap: Black structured lined rubber strap
The folding clasp matches the case material
Reference: Titanium – 614.NX.1170.RX