Hublot has unveiled 18 new timepieces for LVMH Watch Week 2024, which flags off today in Miami. Highlights include the new collaborative pieces with Richard Orlinski, a new SAXEM watch in emerald green, a futuristic Manufacture timepiece, and Spirit of Big Bang jewellery watches for women. There are also new Square Bangs, Time Only ceramic watches, and a Full Sapphire watch in a new purple hue.
Let's dive right in.
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski Continuing its relationship with French sculptor and artist Richard Orlinski, the brand has introduced two iterations of the Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski – one in Yellow Magic (505.CY.119Y.RX.ORL24) and one in Sky Blue (505.ES.5129.RX.ORL24). Both the new watches flaunt the typical Hublot-Orlinski design with a facetted case, though the new hues bring a brighter edge to the line. The 45mm case, and bezel of the watches are crafted in polished yellow and blue ceramic, and feature the signature H-shaped black-plated titanium screws. The skeleton watches provide a view of the in-house HUB6021 manual-winding movement, which features a tourbillon at 6 o’clock – the calibre has often featured in the Orlinski collaboration pieces. In the yellow version, the components appear suspended by black PVD skeleton bridges, while between 8 and 9 o’clock, the power reserve indicates the five-day capacity – the indexes in yellow add another level of pop to the dial. In the blue version, the bridges are covered in silver rhodium plating, revealing the polished, satin-brushed and embossed finishes of each component. The dial is topped with anti-reflective sapphire crystal. A view from the back
The new Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski watches are water resistant to 30 metres and are flanked by yellow and blue smooth rubber straps with deployant buckle in steel for the yellow iteration, and in titanium for the sky blue.
Both watches are priced at Rs 87,000 (approx)
Hublot Big Bang Unico Green Saxem
Hublot Big Bang Unico Green SAXEM It was last year during LVMH Watch Week 2023 that Hublot unveiled a watch crafted with a new material called SAXEM, similar to sapphire – read more about the material here. The watch was in a neon yellow hue, and for 2024, Hublot has developed a new colour – an emerald green that seems to glow from the inside.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Green Saxem (Ref. 441.JG.4990.RT ) is a 42mm piece with a case and bezel crafted from the green SAXEM, and in typical Big Bang Style, with H-shaped titanium screws on the bezel. Thanks to the material, there watch seems to illuminate from the inside, and the effect of the striking colour extends to the rubber straps in bright green - the One Click system ensures you can change the straps to another hue if you want.
Caseback and view of the movement
The skeleton watch is powered by the HUB1280, an automatic chronograph with flyback function - the double clutch mechanism and column wheel can be seen from the dial side. The movement is a change from the micro-rotor HUB6035, which powered the previous Big Bang SAXEM. The difference comes in the form of the high-performance tungsten oscillating weight, visible through the back of the new watch. The watch has a power reserve of 72 hours.
The movement is finished in black PVD, and the index and the hands’ feature a luminescent material that is in the exact shade of Green SAXEM. The watch is water resistant to 50 mts, and is a limited edition of 100 pieces. The watch is priced at Rs 1,06,00,000 (approx.)
Spirit of Big Bang 32mm Jewellery
Spirit of Big Bang 32mm Jewellery
Hublot has unleashed six variations of the Spirit of Big Bang 32mm Jewellery, all timepieces that personify what a bejewelled watch means. Crafted in either steel or Hublot’s proprietary King Gold (a warmer shade than the traditional 5N 18K gold containing mainly platinum), there is the Steel Full Pavé (Ref. 682.SX.9000.RX.1604), King Gold Full Pavé (Ref. 682.OX.9000.RX.1604) Steel White Full Pavé (Ref. 682.SE.9000.RW.1604) and King Gold White Full Pavé (Ref. 682.OE.9000.RW.1604) each featuring 479 brilliant-cut diamonds - 339 of these feature on the dial - totalling a 2.1K. The precious stones are set all over from the dial and middle cases to the bezels and dials and lugs. The watches are paired with white or black straps (the One-Click System of interchangeable straps also gives the option to change these as one pleases), and run on the automatic HUB1120.
Steel Full Pavé and King Gold Full Pavé with black rubber straps
The Steel Full Pavé is priced at Rs 31,75,000 (approx.) and King Gold Full Pavé is priced at Rs 42,35,000 (approx.)
The Steel Rainbow
Taking the jewellery aspect of the watches one step ahead are the rainbow versions – Steel Rainbow (Ref 682.SX.9900.LR.0999), and King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 682.OX.9900.LR.0999). The dial of the watches features with 339 coloured gemstones, all set in the rainbow pattern of rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, and tsavorites. The bezel features the same gradation in baguette-cut stones. The dials are topped with anti-reflective sapphire crystals, and flanking them are black rubber and multicoloured alligator straps. The watches are also powered by the automatic HUB1120, with a power reserve of 40 hours, and are water resistant to 100 metres.
King Gold Rainbow with baguette-cut stones on the bezel
The Steel Rainbow is priced at Rs 66,55,000 (approx.) and the King Gold Rainbow at Rs 74,00,000 (approx.)
Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System
Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System
The newest Hublot to come under the MP, or Manufacture Piece, collection that personifies disruptive watchmaking is the futuristic MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System (Ref. 910.NX.0001.RX), limited to 50 pieces. The watch eschews a conventional dial, hands, and oscillating weight for a roller display, a circular power reserve, and an inclined tourbillon automatic winding by two linear weights. Consisting of 592 components, the watch was five years in development.
The case of the Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System is crafted from shiny microblasted titanium with H-shaped titanium screws setting the black structured rubber strap on it; the case measures 54.1mm (length) x 41.5 mm (width), with a thickness: 22.4mm. Time is read on four rotating displays - the hours and minutes, indicated so, are towards the top of the dial, while the circular power reserve is in the centre, indicated by a green zone and red zone. The seconds is indicated on the tourbillon cage whose suspended and inclined construction has a pending patent application. The tourbillon itself is crafted from monobloc aluminium. Time can be set via a crown that is set into the caseback.
The watch is powered by the in-house automatic HUB9013, a skeleton tourbillon with a power reserve of 48 hours, and frequency of 3 Hz. Given its unique display, the watch is not powered by a conventional oscillating weight. The brand has instead applied the same principle to verticalising the idea of oscillating weight. The result: On either side of the central architecture sit two blocks of white gold, arranged on a vertical axis. As they freely move, they engage a rack and the watch get wound bidirectionally – another development for which a patent pending. So that the weights don’t constantly crash into the end, Hublot has developed a system of shock absorbers. Manual winding can be done via the crown at 12 o’clock.
The watch is priced at Rs 2,41,35,000 (approx.)
Aside of these, Hublot has also unveiled new Time Only 40mm Integrated watches in indigo and sky blue ceramic powered by the automatic HUB1710 (both watches are limited editions of 200 each); updated versions of the Square Bang Unico Blue in King Gold, blue ceramic, and titanium, and Rainbow Big Bang Unico's in Titanium and King Gold; and a Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Purple Sapphire. Scroll below to see the images.
Images: Courtesy Hublot