Just released by Hublot at LVMH Watch Week is the wild new MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium. The new MP-10 transforms and reimagines watchmaking architecture in a novel vertical setup that integrates movement and dial. In the words of Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, “I gave our designers and watchmakers carte blanche, and this is the fruit of their labours.”
Telling the time on the MP-10 is actually quite simple via a stack of four rotating displays. The hour and minute displays are denoted with text as well as red pointers and it is quite easy to read the time as 10:45 in the image shown above. Below these (seen below) is the rotating power reserve display that goes from green to red. Again, simple enough. Finally, we reach the seconds display which is directly on the tourbillon cage which is done in monobloc aluminum and is inclined at an angle of 35°. This highly unusual configuration is patent pending and took five years of R&D to create.
And then there is the automatic winding system. Rather than the typical rotor mechanism, the MP-10 has two vertical weights done in white gold on either side of the case. These weights are set on a vertical axis which allows them to move freely, thus powering the movement. Of course these weights can’t be any clanking up and down on their axis so Hublot installed a system of shock absorbers. This new HUB9013 manufacture movement is ingeniously creative and joyfully excessive (which is the entire point, right?). Operating at 3 Hz with a 48-hour power reserve, it can also be manually wound via the crown at 12 o’clock. Note that this crown is not used to set the time, which is done via a second crown on the case back.
Done in a shiny microblasted titanium case, the MP-10 measures 41.5mm wide, 54.1mm in height, and 22.4mm thick (30m of water resistance). The crystal is Hublot’s most complex to date as it covers three inclined planes. This distinction also applies to the integrated rubber strap which is unsurprisingly their most elaborate to date given the construction of the case.
Comprised of 592 parts, the Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium is a testament to creative watchmaking and horological innovation. As such, it is limited to 50 pieces with a price of $264,000.
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