hublot - Minute repeater tourbillon Chronograph
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - Minute repeater tourbillon Chronograph

Minute repeater tourbillon Chronograph

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"Cathedral" Minute Repeater Tourbillon and column wheel Chronograph Realised in 100% carbon fiber, as well as its movement bridges: This piece is a World First. “More watchmaking, more mastery, more innovation, more daring, more fusion!”... This was the encouragement that Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, gave the new Complications department which reinforced the Hublot Manufacture in 2010. To mark the 2011 Basel Fair Hublot is presenting a world first, with a minute repeater watch featuring two “cathedral” type gongs, a tourbillon and column wheel chronograph, with carbon fiber bridges, in a case made from carbon fiber. This is a perfect illustration of “Fusion” between great watchmaking tradition and the technology of the future It is a timepiece with a sophisticated mechanism, featuring three major Haute Horlogerie complications particularly prized by connoisseurs and collectors, but revisited in a resolutely contemporary spirit: The main particularity lies in the fact that the three complications are visible from the dial side. Besides the carbon fibre, the case is also fashioned with materials such as titanium and rubber, which is a perfect illustration of the Art of Fusion key to Hublot. From a design point of view, the minute repeater bolt is ingeniously integrated into the King Power case middle, just like the chronograph control push-piece subtly integrated into the watch's crown. The minute repeater, activated by means of a lever situated between 8 and 10 o'clock, sounds the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. Its two “cathedral” gongs (one for hours and the other for minutes) are double the length of a regular gong. The whole design aims for a very uncomplicated overall effect for a piece of this level. The manual-winding mechanical movement boasts a 5-day power reserve. The hour and minute indicator is situated centrally, for a conventional readout. The flying tourbillon – with suspended cage – is situated at 6 o'clock, and features an unusual structure of very high quality: indeed, the cage rotates without a ball bearing, and has a Swiss lever escapement. "Cathedral" Minute Repeater Tourbillon and column wheel Chronograph 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Reference 704.QX.1137.GR

Case : 
  • “King Power” 
  • Diameter 48 mm in matt carbon fiber
  • Bezel 6 H-shaped titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked Crystal Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment Lateral inserts Black composite resin Case-back Matt carbon fiber Crown Black PVD titanium ScrewsTitanium Dial Matt black with satin-finished black nickel appliques and silvered White and red powder transfers Hands Faceted, satin-finished and micro-blasted, black nickel,
Movement :
  • skeleton Movement HUB 8100 Flying tourbillon without ball bearing
  • Diameter: 30 mm
  • Thickness: 9.47 mm (Diameter of chime gongs: 32.60 mm)
  • FunctionsHour, minute and seconds via the cage Minute repeater Cathedral chime gong Single push-piece chronograph at 3 o'clock (60-sec. and 30-min. counter)
  • Manual winding 2-position stemManual winding and time-setting
  • No. of Components 404
  • Jewels 37
  • HairspringFlat, for extreme position setting
  • Frequency 21,600 Vib/hour (3 Hz)
  • Power Reserve : Approximately 120 hours
  • Oscillator Hublot Balance with adjustment inertia-blocks Shock absorbersShock absorption for main plate and balance bridge Main plate Brass, bevelled with drawn rims, and circular-grained recesses Black ruthenium coating BridgesCarbon fiber, brass, bevelled with drawn rims & circular-grained recesses Black nickel coating Gear trainCircular-grained & bevelled wheels, coating: black ruthenium, rolled pinions ScrewsPolished and bevelled heads, rounded and polished ends Wristlet
Strap : 
  • Black alligator gummy, stitched onto black rubber inner Clasp Ceramic and black PVD deployant buckle

Who's who

“I’d known Jean-Claude for 20 years. When he took over Hublot, I offered to open a dedicated store in Paris. He came to see the premises. We talked together for barely 45 minutes before reaching an agreement.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Hublot is built on mutual trust, spontaneity – and firm convictions about the projects with the greatest potential. As Lauren Adams would say, “there’s no point discussing what’s already been agreed.” It’s the perfect adage when it comes to the personalities of former Hublot CEO Hublot Jean-Claude Biver and Laurent Picciotto, the founder of Chronopassion. Rather than simply being the story of a brand and its products, Hublot and Chronopassion is above all a story with a strongly personal touch. When Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch with a gold case and a rubber strap in 1980, it was the first time in the history of watchmaking that a precious material, gold, had been used alongside rubber. In the mid-1990s, rubber became prized by many leading watchmaking brands, demonstrating that Hublot’s decision had been the right one. For the brand, rubber was anything but a fad – rather, it embodied its philosophy and became its hallmark. Having headed up Hublot for fifteen years, Carlo Crocco became increasingly busy with work for his MDM Foundation, so he set out to find the right person to take the helm of the watchmaking firm. That was when he met Jean-Claude Biver, who had just left Blancpain. Biver put Hublot back on the road to recovery, becoming head of the company from May 2004 through to 2012. “Our paths crossed in 2006,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “Jean-Claude had already brought the brand right up to date, with lines like Big Bang, Classic Fusion and King Power. This was the beginning of the rebirth of Hublot. He drew plans, diagrams, rebuses and roadmaps for me. When he stepped down from his position as CEO in 2012, I realised that he had had his entire roadmap in mind right from the word go. Not only that, but that he had completed it – ahead of time.” The takeover of BNB Concept proved to be a key turning-point for the brand. The company had been subcontracting for Hublot since 2004, dealing with complication watches, particularly tourbillons. At a time when BNB was struggling financially, Hublot offered to buy out the firm. The brand thereby became a “manufacture”, enabling it to supply haute horlogerie models, notably a large number of tourbillons and Minute Repeaters, as well as more atypical pieces such as the Key of Time. Together, Laurent Picciotto and Jean-Claude Biver forged a partnership rather than a commercial relationship. The two men created a number of custom series and set about laying the foundations of what was to become Hublotista, the community of Hublot owners. At the end of the day, they are still motivated by passion – and guided above all by instinct. Journalist : Olivier Müller

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