Similar to Hublot’s MP-05 LaFerrari Ferrari watch which utilizes 11-series coupled mainspring barrels to achieve an insane 50-day power reserve, the Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic, announced today in Dubai, boasts 7 power barrels for an impressive 14-day power reserve.
The red ceramic case is ostentatious but with measurements of 45 mm x 14.4 mm it’s far more conservative, and wearable, than the aforementioned LaFerrari timepiece. Plus, the dial features a more traditional, highly legible hour and minute display via hands and indices.
Distinctively, the power reserve indicator, which shows the remaining reserve in full days (up to 14), is located at the bottom of the dial, under a specially curved sapphire crystal, on the left end of the stack of seven horizontal series-coupled mainspring power barrels. And to wind the barrels, all you need is to do is turn the crown, whereas with the LaFerrari timepiece there’s a special electric Torx power tool made specifically for winding the barrels.
One unique feature, which is not apparent in the photos, is that the flanks on both sides of the case have sapphire crystal inserts, offering a view of the watch components from a peripheral angle.
The manually wound movement beats at 4Hz and is made up of 270 components, 39 jewels, including a silicon escapement and black platinum bridges.
“To enable energy to be transmitted between the horizontal barrel arbor and the vertical gears controlling the hour and minute display, the designers made use of a system rarely employed in watchmaking: a 90-degree helical worm gear. To create an aesthetic balance with this helical gear, which is visible at 10 o’clock, the balance, made from anthracite ruthenium, was moved to the dial side in a symmetrical position at 2 o’clock,” according to Hublot.
Limited edition of 100 pieces. (Ref. 911.CF.0113.RX) Retail is $86,000.
Learn more at Hublot.