Although not many get to wear watches like this in daily life we still like to have a closer look at highly complicated watches. And assuming most of you know about complications we are going to show you the beauty of it. In this case we picked the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis which was presented at Baselworld earlier this year. This watch is limited to 50 pieces only in titanium while the King Gold only has 20 pieces.
With it’s 49mm case you sure have something on the wrist but this watch is designed for visuality. One of the focus points of Hublot is the maximised visibility of the manufacture movement and it’s bi-axial tourbillon which you will find at 6 o’clock. Having a double axis, the view on the tourbillon is constanlty changing. One of the beauties of multi-axis tourbillon watches we think.
With a highly complicated movement the functionality of the watch has remained fairly simple. It features a time, date and power reserve display. Time is displayed in small and just off-centered and is partially surrounded by the date window. On the left side you will find the power reserve indicator for the impressive 120 hours capacity. Having everything displayed in small gives room for the eyecatcher of this watch which is the bi-axis tourbillon. They extended the case and added a curved sapphire for maximised view of the tourbillon. Interesting to see is the date corrector on the left side which allows you to change the date back or forward with just a simple push.
We hope you enjoy the extensive photo report and the added info from the press release below.
With its new Manufacture Piece (MP), Hublot is pushing back the boundaries in terms of multi-axis tourbillons. The Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis is the result of a powerful idea. To provide a maximum of visibility on the tourbillon—and its fascinating double rotation— by designing a fine watchmaking movement. Devoted to this objective, and then creating an original case that highlights the 100% manufacture calibre. Here, the function defines the form. This perfectly reflects the prevailing philosophy in the design of all of Hublot’s “MPs”, namely to develop an exclusive movement dedicated to a function and to design specific external parts to highlight this motor.
“With our Manufacture Pieces, we are taking the expression of our watchmaking savoir-faire very far and making the most of it to give each watch a specific aesthetic,”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
The Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis watch beats to the rhythm of the fine watchmaking calibre HUB9009.H1.RA, a mechanical movement with manual-winding featuring a 5-day power reserve. It also features a bi-axial tourbillon that undertakes a complete rotation per minute for the first axis and a rotation every 30 seconds for the second. This means that the dynamic movement—immediately perceptible—of this double tourbillon frame has an appearance that is as fascinating as it is fun.
In order to offer the greatest possible visibility to the watch’s beating heart, the watchmakers at the Hublot manufacture have created an all-new MP-09 design for the movement and for the case. Thanks to its position at 6 o’clock and a large opening that covers a very complex 3-sided sapphire glass, the gaze of the wearer will literally plunge onto the frantic travel of this bi-axial tourbillon, which overcomes the effects of gravity in a much more subtle manner than an ordinary tourbillon.
Innovative date corrector
Besides this technical specific feature, the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis also stands out because of its innovative date corrector, which is as ingenious as it is practical. Via a simple winding movement of the lever up or down, the date moves respectively forward or back by a day. The construction of the dial over several levels—alternating black, white and red—also enhances the elegant character of the MP-09. Around the hours and minutes display, the date indication—instantaneous—is arranged in tiers in two half-circles on two distinct levels, while the 5-day power reserve is displayed in a gauge at 9 o’clock.
Incorporating many codes from Hublot’s DNA, the 49-mm diameter case, water resistant to 30 metres, comes in two distinct versions: in titanium or in King Gold (bezel / upper and lower plates / back). Like all exceptional watches combining cutting edge technology and complex construction, the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis model is subject to production that is, by definition, limited. The MP-09 in titanium will be a limited edition of 50, whereas the version in King Gold is limited to 20.
In unveiling its MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis, Hublot once again demonstrates its capacity to design clearly unique and distinctive watches. Watches that clearly bear Hublot’s signature with a strong character that demonstrate an absolute mastery in all areas of fine watchmaking.
Hublot MP-09 tourbillon Bi-Axis
909.NX.1120.RX (Titanium) – Limited to 50 pieces
909.OX.1120.RX (King Gold) – Limited to 20 pieces 49mm
Balance: Rhodium plated, polished
Number of components: 356 (43 rubies)