The hand-wound limited-edition Hublot King Power Chrono Flying Tourbillon brings you a chunky piece of micro-blasted ceramic whole 48 millimeters in diameter and full of ahem masculine presence that comes courtesy of its relatively thick and deliberately rugged-looking body that measures impressive 14.5 millimeters from top to bottom.
Hublot has presented yet another iteration of its sporty King Power chronograph collection. This time, it is a hand-wound timepiece sporting a power reserve of 120 hours and featuring a tourbillon chronograph with direct coupling on the cage.
The King Power Chrono Flying Tourbillon is powered by a HUB1400CT caliber that we have already seen in several of their earlier models, including the Big Bang Gold Mat as well as the Bigger Bang All Black.
As far as I understand, the Caliber HUB1400CT is based on the well-known HUB1400 movement sans the automatic winding module and with a longer mainspring that allowed to increase the maximum power reserve to much more impressive five days (120 hours!)
This intricate powerplant is made of 262 components and comes equipped with a Flying Tourbillon complication, which is placed in a cage without ball bearings. When assembled and running, the tourbillon looks like it hovers in thin air on a magnetic cushion.
Judging by the press photos, the Hublot King Power Chronograph Flying Tourbillon sports the same general layout as the dials of other numerous chrono-tourbillons of the Swiss brand. However, it is packed inside a much more massive case measuring generous 48 millimeters in diameter.
As usual, the case preserves the signature styling of the series with a fixed bezel attached to the multi-part case with six titanium black screws with familiar H-shaped heads. The oversized winding crown with the brand’s famous logo is also in its rightful place at 3 o’clock.
Both the case and the bezel of the monstrous timekeeper are made of micro-blasted black ceramic and feature black rubber inserts.
Hublot promises that the limited edition, which will be available in a run of just 28 pieces, will be water-resistant up to 100 meters. Although the WR rating doesn’t sound very impressive, it still makes the pricey gadget a lot more practical: you won’t ruin the delicate mechanism with water unless you are arrogant enough to take the timepiece for one of your scuba diving expeditions. Still, given its impressive size, wearing this watch may not be as pleasant as one could imagine: unless you are a die-hard fan of oversized timekeepers, there is a great chance that you would have to make some amends to your wardrobe to accommodate this huge beast on your wrist without losing all the comfort.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Hublot King Power Chrono Flying Tourbillon specification
Price range: $400,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber HUB1400CT, 31 jewels, 21,600 bph, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, flying Tourbillon, chronograph, power reserve indicator
Power reserve: 120 hours
Case: Microblasted black ceramic
Size: 48.00 mm
Case height: 14.50 mm
Dial: Black, skeletonized
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, double AR-coated