Top Grade The Meccano-Inspired Hublot MECA-10 Goes Upscale in Magic Gold Low Price Replica
The partnership between hublot watches nyc Replica and Ferrari is now about five years old, and the two will be celebrating Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary together with a brand new watch made from the Italian carmaker using a brand new Hublot movement as well. For Baselworld 2017, the Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph watch honoring this 70th anniversary will probably come in three variations: King Gold, Titanium, and PEEK Carbon, every one of which is going to be a limited edition run of – you guessed it 70 pieces.Hublot and Ferrari have done way more than most car and observe manufacturer collaborations, therefore it’s no surprise that rather than slapping some decoration onto an existing slice, we see a completely new watch altogether. The architectural and bridged design of this watch is far from becoming over-the-top and overdesigned, which is a relief. It’s competitive where it has to be without overcompensating, is lightweight and hard (at least when you think about the Titanium and carbon models), and is also a testament to Hublot’s success of being a serious manufacture in both layout and movements.The brand new HUB6311 manual-wind movement within the Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph is manufactured from 253 components and has a 5-day power reserve. The chronograph is one pusher function for starting, stopping, and resetting the timer. It is an old-school thing of fascination once it comes to timepieces, but I love and enjoy the discretion brought by one pusher. I’m not saying the watch is near discreet, but the pusher is just one of the few splashes of colour we see here, aptly done in P485 Ferrari red. Another red pushers you see from the lugs are for a simple strap changing system, which is almost always a welcome feature.Looking just like a Star Wars helmet to get a cyborg, the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis watch isn’t for the faint of heart contemplating design and cost. But even as a bystander looking from afar, I almost would not have it any other way when it comes to Hublot and their outlandish designs. They’ve shown they’re capable of thriving amid controversy while providing the kind of watches effective at stopping us right in our paths as we telephone through our #dailywatch Instagram feeds.
With a movement design inspired by Meccano, the children’s construction toy comprised of metal strips, the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 is functionally simple but unusually constructed.
Originally introduced in titanium or black ceramic, the MECA-10 is now available in Magic Gold, the the gold alloy proprietary to Hublot that’s actually a composite of gold and ceramic. This gives the material the approximate colour of gold – though Magic Gold recognisably different from regular yellow gold – but a surface hardness of almost 1000 Vickers, some eight times that of ordinary 18k gold.
While the case material has changed, the 45mm diameter remains the same, as does the case design and construction. Typical of Hublot, the case is a metal sandwich – gold for the bezel, as well as top and bottom plate, with a black carbon fibre composite in between.
The MECA-10 is powered by the HUB1201, a hand-wound movement with a 10-day power reserve. Beyond the lengthy 240-hour autonomy, what makes the MECA-10 unusual is the rack-driven power reserve indicator that’s visible on the front.
A rack and pinion system – the rack is visible on a horizontal track from one to 11 o’clock on the dial – drives a series of gears that show the days of power reserve remaining on the sub-dial at six o’clock. A secondary indicator sits at four o’clock, with a red spot appearing in the indicator for the last 48 hours of power reserve.
Most of the movement is revealed, in fact, with both the front and back being skeletonised. On the front the balance wheel can be seen at eight o’clock, while on the rear the two large mainsprings are visible inside skeletonised barrels. The three prominent horizontal bridges on the back feature circular perforations, replicating the look of the metal strips of a Meccano set.
Price and availability
The Big Bang MECA-10 Magic Gold (ref. 414.MX.1138.RX) is a limited edition of 200 pieces, available starting mid-January 2017 and priced at SFr32,900, or about US$32,100. The price is indicative and subject to change.