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Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot -  Hublot BIG BANG MECA-10

Hublot BIG BANG MECA-10

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An introduction to mechanics

Enhance your wrist with the Meccano of your childhood 
Plates, axes, wheels, gears. Let your imagination run free. For all those who spent hours building and dismantling technical constructions, experimenting in the engineering world, the Big Bang MECA-10 offers itself as a transitional object. It took two years to develop and refine a new manufacture movement with on-board mechanics. Atypical architecture with Meccano-type design. 
Hublot has created a new manufacture movement. Entirely conceived and developed in house, the HUB1201 is a skeleton mechanical movement with manual winding and a 10-day power reserve. There are 223 components, straight and curved perforated metallic strips, crown gears, racks, plates, axes, and ratchet wheels. An original assembly with ultra-stylised mechanics that will make you want to go straight to your workbench to build and dismantle it over and over again. A piece that draws inspiration from our childhood memories, when our days were filled with the games and excitement of building and creating small machines and structures. An object that takes us back to a child’s emotion and continuous discovery. 
An innovative construction with a skeleton dial revealing the detailed mechanics of the movement. This familiar and atypical design is constructed to create an audacious and original mechanical overlap of its power reserve. The 10-day power reserve allowed for the mechanism to be designed in manual mode to further reinforce this connection between man and his machine. 
The movement is fitted with two parallel barrels with a power reserve indicator using a rack system. At 12 o’clock, two racks slide on a 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock axis thanks to a rack and pinion system. The 10-day power reserve has a dual display. At 3 o’clock, an opening gradually reveals a red spot during the last 2 days of the movement’s charge. At 6 o’clock, a crown gear marked from 0 to 10 indicates the remaining days of the power reserve. Perfecting this Meccano style, the regulating organ is visible beneath the dial at 7 o’clock. In black PVD—a dedication to 10 years of the All Black concept—its endings have had to adapt to the geometry and hardness of the bridges. These are very fine and transversal bridges rendered distinctive and almost invisible by their original insertion and execution. A powerful movement which—thanks to its impressive power reserve—will see its calibre develop at the whim of additional modules. 
The Big Bang MECA-10 All Black is an addition to the models that are celebrating the 10 years of Hublot’s monochrome trend. Limited to 500 pieces. A tribute to the “All Black” concept with a 45-mm diameter case and bezel in black ceramic alternating between micro-blasted and polished effects. In micro-blasted titanium, the Big Bang MECA-10 Titanium marks the entrance of a new reference in the collection. The two editions have a matt black skeleton dial and a sapphire glass back enabling a double-sided vision of the new HUB1201 manufacture movement. As for the “One Click” strap, it comes clad in ribbed black natural rubber. 
 

Technical specifications

References 414.NI.1123.RX — Titanium 
414.CI.1110.RX — All Black (Limited to 500 pieces) 
Case 45-mm diameter in Micro-blasted titanium or Polished and micro-blasted black ceramic 
Bezel Micro-blasted titanium or Polished and micro-blasted black ceramic 
6 Micro-blasted titanium or Black treated titanium H-shaped screws 
Glass Sapphire glass with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment 
Bezel lug Black composite resin 
Crown Titanium or Black treated titanium, and rubber 
Back Sapphire glass and Micro-blasted titanium or Micro-blasted black ceramic 
Water-resistance 10 ATM or around 100 meters 
Dial Matt black skeleton 
Movement HUB1201 Movement developed and manufactured by Hublot, mechanic with manual winding, skeleton, with power reserve indicator 
N° of components 223 (24 rubies) 
Power reserve Around 10 days 
Strap Structured ribbed black rubber 
Clasp Titanium or Black treated titanium folding 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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