Hublot has never been a fan of subtlety. I mean, their flagship model is called the Big Bang… it’s not exactly the reserve or humility that some brands aspire to show. They want their watches to have impact, and to shamelessly display their mechanical and technical superiority. This is very much the case with the Hublot Big Bang MP11 Magic Gold, which boasts of its combination of advancements in power reserve technology and durability proudly.
When it comes to the minutiae of watch craftsmanship, the power reserve is very rarely the major talking point. Frankly, it just isn’t as sexy as a tourbillon or fascinating to watch as the balance. Yet, Hublot have placed it at the forefront of this piece, occupying the entire lower half of the open dial and with good reason.
The MP11 calibre has seven in-line mainspring barrels that give the watch an almost unprecedented 14 day power reserve. It also manages to look intriguing, the vertical lines of the barrels contrasting with the primary sub-dial to give a really unique appearance.
The MP11 calibre might be impressive on its own but what makes the Magic Gold extra special is the fact it has been combined with Hublot’s proprietary alloy, which they call magic gold. Similar to the movement, what makes the alloy impressive isn’t immediately apparent. Its colour is fairly dull, at least compared to traditional white and yellow golds and gold alloys, and if anything would best be described as a sort of green gold. However, the star quality is its durability. It’s almost ten-times as scratch resistant as regular gold, being manufactured using a complicated process involving creating a honey-combed ceramic which is then flooded with gold at high-pressure.
Utility is everything with this watch. It’s as hard as nails, in fact probably harder than nails, unapologetic piece of machinery at the highest levels of quality. It’s 45mm by 14.5mm size is respectable and solid, fitting nicely on the black rubber strap with titanium and ceramic folding clasp. The £74,000 price tag reflects the fact this watch combines two different cutting-edge pieces of Hublot innovation into a single model, the MP11 calibre and magic gold case. On top of that, it’s limited to just 50 pieces worldwide.
As a quick aside, if the magic gold case isn’t quite your style, there is a second option available for £109,000 (an extra £35K on top of the Magic Gold). An equally exclusive Blue Sapphire version that has all the same technical qualities as the Big Bang MP11 Magic Gold but housed in Hublot’s advanced transparent synthetic material.
Price & Specs:
Model: Hublot Big Bang MP11 ‘Magic Gold’
Ref: 911.MX.0138.RX (Magic Gold)
911.JL.0119.RX (Blue Sapphire)
Case/Dial: 45mm diameter x 14.40mm height, 18-carat Magic Gold (Magic Gold) or polished blue sapphire (Blue Sapphire)
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre HUB9011, hand-wound, skeleton power reserve, 39 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 14 days
Functions: Hours, minutes, power reserve display roll
Strap: Black rubber (Magic Gold) or blue rubber (Blue Sapphire)
Price/Availability: £74,000 (Magic Gold) and £109,000 (Blue Sapphire), limited to 50 pieces each
More details at Hublot.