The year started off to a ‘Bang’ for the luxury watchmaking world. The month of January saw the launch of the LVMH Watch Week 2020 and it was spectacular. The event was considered to be a game-changer for international watch fairs. Presently, the two top-most watch expos in the world, the Baselworld and SIHH, now known as the Richemont Group’s Watches and Wonders are facing intense scrutiny over their high prices and incompetence. The events are heavily criticized for lacking modern-day solutions for issues like customer engagement and better overall experience. The two platforms recently joined hands to tackle these problems.
What comes out of this collaboration is yet to be seen. What we do know is that the LVMH Watch Week 2020 was a massive success with some really exquisite timepieces surfacing at the event. Hublot, for one, revealed its new Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 watches.
The Meca-10 Line
Have you heard of the phrase ‘luxury without compromise’? Probably not. It is because it did not exist, that is, up until Hublot decided to fuse two of its most popular lines of timepieces. The Swiss time crafter just put the Tonneau-shaped Spirit of Big Bang case and patented Meca-10 line of in-house manufactured movements into wedlock.
- Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold Ref. 614.OX.1180.RX
- Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 Black Magic Ref. 614.CI.1170.RX
- Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 Titanium Ref. 614.NX.1170.RX
The Vision Behind The Watch
The idea behind this timepiece was to create a more harmonious relationship between watches and movements. The Spirit of Big Bang, as many would already know, uses a Tonneau-shaped case while the Meca-10 calibre is round in shape. It took a lot of efforts and adaptations to make this combination work.
The result was a barrel-shaped watch with a circular movement fitted inside just perfectly. The collection offers three variants, namely, titanium, King Gold, and all-black ceramic.
The Meca-10 features a 45 mm barrel-shaped case made of either titanium, King Gold, or black ceramic. The iconic H-shaped titanium screws have found their place safely on the bezel and so has a decent 50-meter water resistance.
The hand-wound calibre HUB 1233 used in this timepiece is roughly the same one that we have seen earlier in the Big Bang collection. the movement uses a parallel-twin barrel system to muster an astonishing power reserve of 10 days. The different is that instead of a circular main plate that served as the foundation of the movement, the new version uses bridges that are fixated on both the sides of the case. As a matter of fact, technicians at Hublot were tasked with re-engineering the Meca-10 to make it suitable for the barrel-shaped configuration.
The Spirit of Big Bang’s sandwich construction surely aided in this process as it allows for a rather complicated blend of materials. The watch’s skeleton dial displays a combination of unconventional elements along with a pleasant colour-play between the case and the skeletonized fabrication within the watch. The centrepiece, of course, is the power reserve display at 3 o’clock. Hublot managed to make a new rack and pinion for an indicator in the form of a rack that runs back and forth between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock.
The new Meca-10 line of timepieces really brings out the brand’s core values into play and portrays exactly what made it popular in the first place.