With the new Masterpiece Collection Hublot expands its product line beyond the numerous iteration of the Bang collection (that, let’s face it, already starts to look sort of boring and predictable, while their ‘experiments’ with exotic materials inspire nothing but yawns.) Finally adding a tonneau-shaped case with interesting high-tech finish and a barrel-shaped movement that, hopefully, will become a base for many new in-house calibers, the Swiss-based brand makes a bold claim as a serious High Horology establishment. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, meet the new limited-edition MP-01 Masterpiece Flyback Chronograph (ref. 901.NX.0129.RX): a thing that is going to blow your minds!
Hublot has already established itself as an authority when it comes to bold-looking, salivation-inspiring high-tech ultra-luxury timepieces. Recently, the brand has teamed up with the famous Greengo nightclub (located in Gstaad, Switzerland, the iconic establishment that has just celebrated its four decades in business is a part of the Gstaad Palace Hotel that is known among particularly wealthy fans of the local ski resort for its plush apartments and especially friendly hosts) to offer this limited-edition Big Bang 44mm Greengo Bang (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.GGG10) chronograph. While offering nothing particularly new in terms of design, the sporty timepiece still looks impressive with its green-and-black (or vice versa) color scheme.
Hublot has recently presented a new Big Bang 38 mm collection equipped with a Sellita SW300-based HUB 1110 automatic movement. There is also a more practical -albeit not as *ahem* classy- “Swiss Made” quartz caliber. The HUB 1110 is a very basic mechanism that is only slightly refinished and fine-tuned above the basic specs to meet stricter standards of the ultra-luxury segment. Yet, you may still want to consider acting fast if you are interested in this gadget. Luxury wristwatches featuring self-winding movements (instead of, you know, quartz) are rare species in this niche and, something tells me, the collection won’t stay in production for long.
With the limited-edition 2010 King Power Ayrton Senna (ref. 719.QM.1729.NR.AES10), Hublot celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Formula 1 driver and 3-times F1 world champion Ayrton Senna da Silva who died at the wheel of his car sixteen years ago at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix race. As usual, the ultra-luxury chronograph is offered in a ridiculously huge case that combines ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, scratch-resistant ceramics, and not so much good taste.
Hublot, one of the youngest (and the most daring) ultra-luxury watchmaking brands, has introduced yet another iteration of its top-selling Big Bang collection of sporty chronographs. The 2010 Big Bang Gold Chronograph (ref. 301.PX.1180.RX) comes in a generous 44.5-mm case made of brushed 18-karat red gold.
Hublot and a four-time world champion alpine ski racer Bode Miller have unveiled a new limited-edition Bode Bang (Ref. 301.CI.2010.RX.BDM09) Chronograph. While not terribly original and looking like just any other model in the series, just with a new color scheme, the timekeeper may still be worth your attention thanks to its winning combination of an extremely high-contrast dial, elegant design, and an impressive level of ergonomics.
The 2009 Hublot Aero Bang Drive ACF (ref. CI.1170.GR.ACF09) was created in partnership with the well-known l’Automobile Club de France, which is claimed to be the oldest automobile club in the whole world. While not offering anything new in terms of design, the Drive ACF is nicely balanced when it comes to colors and textures. Also, for a skeletonized timepiece that it is, the gadget is also quite readable if you don’t take into account the dark blue “A” letter that was printed on the front sapphire crystal right above the small seconds sub-dial.
The limited-edition Hublot Classic Fusion Yacht Club de Monaco (ref. 501.PM.1680.RX.YCM09) is offered to you in a generously sized 45-millimeter case in a somewhat strange combination of yellow gold and solid titanium case back with black PVD coating.
The limited-edition Hublot Big Bang King All Black Blue (ref. 322.CI.1190.GR.ABB09) is finally presented in a larger than life 48 mm black ceramic body. The new member of the family seems to partially overcome All Black series’ main problem: total lack of legibility regardless of lighting conditions. Even if the new “blue on black” color scheme doesn’t add much to the legibility in normal light, the watch will surely be a lot more readable in the dark or even underwater. Although I am seriously frightened that somewhere out there roams a maniac who is ready to take this expensive dark beauty for a swim in salty, aggressive water.
While the 2009 Hublot Gold King Power Foudroyante Chronograph (ref. 715.PX.1128.RX) doesn’t look particularly new (which is a pity, since the Swiss-based brand doesn’t have a lot of ‘history’ to fall back to and actually constantly faces the same they-all-look-alike problem as Panerai), it still projects an impressive ‘mojo’ glow around its rose gold body. In fact, it isn’t even the usual 18-karat rose gold alloy: it’s a lot more interesting material that is proprietary for the Swiss-based brand. To make the case, they used a lot tougher gold-based ceramic material instead.