In the competitive world of commerce, you have to find something that will help you beat the competition. Whatever you choose to do, it has to have more value yet be available to the customers at a competitive price. There are quite a few ways to achieve that goal, and one of them is to make your products using quality materials. In the case of services, a business has to find a way to make them convenient and cost effective to use. It’s with that in mind that Hublot decided to gift watch fans with its Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Carbon, as well as its sapphire counterpart.
A Closer Look at the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Carbon
This year’s Baseworld received a new “Manufacture Piece” Model from Hublot as well a completely new material that did not exist in watch making industry. The Polymer matrix composite that is strengthened by a 3-dimensional weave of carbon fiber was acquired from the US military. The material is not only very strong, but it is also highly resistant and lightweight.
The wave finish of the carbon fiber material gives this watch a grid-like motive that stands out when you look at it from various levels of its Big Bang case. The carbon fiber material makes the watch to have an appearance of tailor-crafted parts joined together to make a beautiful composition, where the focal point is where the sapphire crystal bulge out to give the watch’s owner a full view of its seven coupled mainspring barrels.
It manual wound skeletonized movement is made of 270 parts, 7-series-coupled barrels, and 39 jewels. With an outstanding power reserve of 16 days max, when fully wound, at beating at 28,800 vph, it’s among the most convenient movements to have in a watch.
A vertical gear-train drives the minute and hour display, which was quite challenging for Hublot’s designers. The 90-degree helical worm gear that was used to tilt the force of the barrels onto a perpendicular place is rarely used in watch making, which is why you are not likely to ever see it in used in most watch collections. To create symmetry between the balance and the helical gear, they transposed the balance to the dial side. Its movement uses the patented index assembly system that vibrates ar 4Hz.
The coupling of the seven mainsprings barrels enables them to provide a power reserve of over two weeks, and an inline power reserve index is used is used to show how much of it is left. A balanced helical worm is used to transfer the energy from the mainspring barrels to the gear train at an angle of 90-degrees.The rear of the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Carbon is also a sight to behold because it allows you to view the watch’s complex gear train from the rear.
The chromatic backside of the Big Bang MP-11 Sapphire is made from a transparent sapphire crystal, which is the most resistant and hardest material after diamond. To give its MP-11 crystalline case a truly unique appearance, Hublot crafted the curves to trace the cylinder’s contours. Moreover, the sapphire crystal’s bulge casts a loupe effect over the power reserve indicator. For those who know how challenging a sapphire crystal is to machine, the case is a proof of engineering prowess from Hublot. With either a hypnotic blackness or absolute clarity, each of the 200 MP-11 3D Carbon watches is an engineering piece.
The MP-11 maybe a high-tech heavyweight, but it’s still a featherweight champion courtesy of its 3D carbon material that allows its overall weight to add up to 90 grams. The watch has a diameter of 45mm, but it still fist nicely on your wrist thanks to its ingenious case design, and the black lined strap with a structured rubber strap. Overall, the design of the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Carbon makes it one of the few watches that combine art and technology to create a truly Artistic and technological marvel.
The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Carbon is priced at $82,000, while the Sapphire is priced at $105,000. When you consider the amount of effort and ingenuity that went to into making the MP-11, every dollar you spend on it is worth it. For those that will manage to acquire this limited edition watch, it will definitely be an icebreaker.