The first watch that Hublot came up with was notoriously inspired from the 1976 release from Patek Phillipe. The Gerald Genta watch utilized the porthole design to its advantage. Carlo Crocco took this to his heart and designed a watch that took cues from the Nautilus timepiece and named it after the literal French term for ‘porthole’, Hublot. The 1980 release was not a failure but it was also not a soaring success, per se. The brand’s future would eventually fall into the hands of Jean-Claude Biver who launched the bold and beautiful Big Bang in 2005.
Fast forward 15 years and we have ourselves a Big Bang timepiece in red ceramic offering a whopping power reserve of 14 days. How quickly time flies, right?
The MP-11 Red Ceramic
The advent of ceramics in watchmaking is now an old story. But the use of coloured ceramics is not. Today, Hublot is amongst the very few watch brands that have an on-going all-ceramic timepiece available in colours other than white and black.
- Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Ceramic Ref. 911.CF.0113.RX
Hublot launched its first red-coloured high-tech ceramic watch in 2018. Well, it is 2020 and the watchmaker has already come up with a second all-red all-ceramic masterpiece. The Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic is 45 mm in width and offers a 14-day power reserve in a sophisticated and tactful manner. It almost seems like a Hublot fanfaronade with this watch. The HUB9011, a manually wound movement running at 4 Hz offers an astounding 14-day power reserve all thanks to the seven horizontally aligned series-coupled barrels just below the time display. The users can see the number of days remaining on the dial at the far left. The sapphire crystal has a bit of wavy texture. The wavy pattern is there to accommodate the power reserve barrels in the case. The 100-piece limited edition uses a signature structured black rubber strap to seal off the deal.
The watch is, yet another, huge addition to Hublot’s already glorious arsenal of avant-garde timepieces. The polished red ceramic of the MP-11 might not be a first, but it is definitely rare enough to be a close second.