The Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System
The MP-10, Hublot’s latest creation, is a testament to the reinvention of watchmaking principles. Departing from tradition, it discards the conventional dial, hands, and oscillating weight. In their place, a captivating roller display takes center stage, accompanied by a circular power reserve indicator and a uniquely inclined tourbillon mechanism. The mechanism’s automatic winding is driven by two linear weights. This extraordinary timepiece embodies an exquisite fusion of elegance and technical mastery.
“For a piece to be part of our MP collection, it must not only reinvent existing complications; it must create something exclusive, invent, build and open up new avenues in watchmaking R&D. I gave our designers and watchmakers carte blanche, and this is the fruit of their labours. From now on, people will talk about the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System in Titanium in terms of ‘before’ and ‘after'”
Hublot always stirs anticipation with each new Manufacture Piece (MP) announcement. And the upcoming MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System is no exception. This captivating timepiece immediately grabs attention with its sleek design, rounded angles, and an intricately crafted sapphire crystal. But it’s not just about looks; the movement within is equally sophisticated. It’s a perfect fusion of form and substance, where mechanical and aesthetic prowess intertwine seamlessly – a defining characteristic of the MP collections.
Limited to 50 pieces
Instinctively, we are drawn to describe this timepiece in the traditional manner… Let’s start with the impressive figures: 592 components meticulously crafted over 5 years of dedicated research and development. It boasts 2 linear weights, 1 inclined tourbillon, and a circular power reserve. This model is produced in a limited edition of just 50 pieces.
Now, let’s delve into its unique indications. Here, things become a bit more intriguing: The MP-10 breaks away from conventional hands. Instead, it showcases four constantly rotating displays. The upper third of the dial reveals the hours and minutes, cleverly combined with an invisible magnifying glass. The central third showcases the circular power reserve, featuring a distinct green zone and red zone. The lower third displays the seconds directly on the tourbillon cage. Crafted from monobloc aluminium and suspended in an inclined position, this unique mechanical configuration holds a pending patent application.
The absence of a traditional dial is a defining feature of this masterpiece. Hublot has seamlessly fused the calibre with the dial, making the movement the face and soul of the watch. One’s gaze is immediately captivated by the intricate mechanism for time reading. The MP-10 embodies a highly architectural design, showcasing an expressive movement built around volume and depth. Remarkably, this design does not compromise readability; instead, it enhances it. Time is effortlessly read from top to bottom, with a graceful flow. The power reserve is particularly captivating, with a two-tone disc (red and green) coaxially set with the hours and minutes.
By eliminating the conventional space limitations dictated by a central display in a horizontal plane, the MP-10 allows for effortless vertical time reading: hours, minutes, power reserve, and then seconds. The eye moves fluidly and naturally across the indications, which are thoughtfully aligned. They are elegantly presented with the same white lacquer typography on black aluminium rollers. For each indication, the current time is easily discerned via a red triangular marker.
Revolutionizing the concept of automatic winding
The winding system of the MP-10 follows a unique logic. Unlike traditional movements with flat dials and oscillating weights, the MP-10 lacks a dial or hands, is read vertically, and has a non-flat design. So, how does it get wound?
Hublot’s engineers took inspiration from the weight principle but reimagined it vertically, mirroring the movement itself. Two blocks of white gold flank the central architecture, aligned along a vertical axis, enabling free movement. To prevent any collision with the banking, Hublot devised a system of shock absorbers. These vertical weights engage with a rack, allowing bidirectional winding – a Hublot exclusive that is also pending patent, providing the MP-10 with a power reserve of over 48 hours. Manual winding is achieved through the crown at 12 o’clock, while time adjustment is facilitated by a second crown nestled on the case-back side, preserving the fluidity of the design.
The exterior of the watch matches its movement in terms of quality and craftsmanship. The case construction, consisting of two pieces – a middle and a case-back made of shiny micro-blasted titanium, is elegantly simple. However, the real highlight is the sapphire crystal, which is Hublot’s most intricate design to date. It features inclined planes on three axes, adding a touch of sophistication and complexity.
The same level of attention to detail applies to the integrated rubber strap, which is the most refined design ever created by the Manufacture. It perfectly complements the overall aesthetic of the watch. Stay tuned for the next MP model, as Hublot continues to push the boundaries of innovation and style