Hublot Big Bang MP-11
April 20, 2018
Hublot, the alchemist of high tech materials, presents its new Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon. This ultra-light material has been reinforced with three- dimensional fibre woven resin, shaped into a case inspired by a race engine. Equipped with 7 series-coupled barrels providing 2 weeks of autonomy, this mechanical architecture reveals the in-line cylinders within a 3D case with sides in smoking black.
As a leader in the shaping and industrialisation of materials, Hublot breaks the glass ceiling with its new 3D carbon case, composed of polymer matrix with three-dimensional fibres, previously not used in watchmaking. Ultra-light and highly resistant the case showcases the extraordinary movement.
“Born from the expertise acquired through the development of the MP-05 “La Ferrari” in 2013, the Big Bang MP-11 marks a new chapter in Art of Fusion. The ultra-complex architecture of the movement has been completely rethought to fit seamlessly into a Big Bang case, which showcases the exceptional aesthetic and performance. The new Big Bang MP-11 embodies this fusion of reinvented mechanical watchmaking and demanding materials”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot
A Helical Structure
The new Big Bang MP-11, streamlined in 3D carbon offers a spectacular view of the 7 series-coupled barrels and the in-line power reserve indicator. The multi-cylindrical construction, which has been positioned on a horizontal axis, guarantees autonomy for an astounding two weeks. A masterstroke. The hour and minute display is driven by a vertical geartrain, which posed an additional challenge for the designers. The force of the barrels is tilted on a perpendicular plane by a transmission system very rarely employed in watchmaking: a 90-degree helical worm gear. As another unique feature of this innovative calibre, the balance is transposed to the dial side to create symmetry with the helical gear. Vibrating at 4 Hz, it also features a newly patented index-assembly system.
A New Generation Carbon
The “All Black” Big Bang has been created from a polymer matrix composite reinforced by three-dimensional weave. The lightness and resistance is unparalleled – with the bracelet included, the watch only weights 90 grams. The three-dimensional structure of the carbon creates unique facets and reflections. This version, with smoked composite sides, allows the black PVD-treated mechanism to be admired with its polymer matrix composite case. The 45mm openwork case reveals the engine inspired architecture. Protected by the US military, this high-tech material is making its debut appearance in watchmaking. At Hublot, of course!
Echoing the mechanical design, the crown and the lined white rubber strap reflect the helical structure of a worm gear. Finally, this new manufacture movement, with its exceptional autonomy, can be wound by hand using the large fluted crown or an electric Torx stylus, inspired by the world of motor racing.
The absolute transparency of the new Big Bang MP-11, limited to 200 pieces, is juxtaposed with its chromatic backside, shaped from transparent sapphire crystal. The leader in large scale machining of sapphire, the hardest and most resistant material after diamond, Hublot is taking the crystalline case to new heights by endowing it with curves that follow the contour of the movement’s cylinders. As remarkable as the engine it contains the sapphire crystal case bulges to create a loupe effect over the power reserve indicator. It is a true display of engineering prowess as sapphire crystal is extremely challenging to machine.
Absolute clarity or hypnotic blackness, each the Big Bang MP-11 reveals exceptional engineering.