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Introducing The Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10

14th January 2020

The 10-day power reserve movement finds its way in the barrel-shaped Hublot.

Hublot is certainly most known for its luxury sports watches with shaped cases, a fusion of material and integrated straps. There is, however, another collection at Hublot that we somehow tend to overlook, a collection of shaped watches, with a barrel-like case, the Spirit Of Big Bang. Part of the 2020 novelties presented in Dubai, Hublot introduced its 10-day power reserve movement in this collection with the Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10.

This combination is a first for Hublot. Indeed, for the first time the Spirit Of Big Bang, a collection that is gaining importance at Hublot, is receiving the popular Meca-10 manufacture calibre. Why only now…? Well, since the Spirit Of Big Bang has a shaped case, encasing the Meca-10 movement required some important adaptations on the movement to make it shaped just like the case of this watch.

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Behind this watch lies the wish of Hublot to have harmony between cases and movements, meaning that the mechanics should follow the same lines as the cases – a requirement that is enhanced by the fact that Hublot’s mechanical movements are almost always visible through transparent dials and casebacks. The main idea was to take the Meca-10 movement of the Big Bang collection and to adapt it to the barrel shape of the Spirit Of Big Bang. What could seem simple was, in fact, quite a complex task and watchmakers were “tasked with revising the whole construction of the movement so that it would fit in the new space available as efficiently as possible from a technical aspect“. The usual round main-plate is replaced by bridges with a fixed length on either side of a ring that serves as a base for the movement.

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The Meca-10 Calibre HUB1233 found in this new watch is, other than its new shape, equal in terms of specifications. As such, it has an extra-long power reserve of 10 days, thanks to its parallel twin barrel. Since we’re talking hand-wound calibre, Hublot’s idea was to make the power reserve indicator the central piece of this watch. The indicator is also unusual, two racks sliding on a line between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock with an innovative new rack and pinion, whilst the opening at 3 o’clock shows the number of days left on the power reserve. It is an entertaining and high-performance display. The movement is, as often with Hublot, skeletonized to reveal most of the technical parts.

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The Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10 is, for the rest, faithful to the codes of this collection. The case is large, at 45mm across and 14.45mm in thickness. It retains the signature 6 H-shaped screws on the bezel and the sandwich construction of the dial with black contrasting element in the middle and lateral “ears”. The watch is worn on a structured rubber strap with folding buckle matching the case.

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Price and availability

The Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Meca-10 will be available in 3 versions:

    Titanium – 614.NX.1170.RX – EUR 22,700

    King Gold – 614.OX.1180.RX – EUR 43,500

    Black Ceramic – 614.CI.1170.RX – EUR 26,900

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