One of the youthful newcomers of today Haute Horology, Hublot started its existence during the second half of the 20th century in the Swiss town named Nyon, and owes its existence to a bold designer – Carlo Crocco, who acknowledged that the key of success, in this competitive industry, is pushing further, both the limits of mechanical innovation and design.
During the 1980’s, he stunned the watch connoisseurs’ community through bringing to life exceptional watches which combined, for the very first time in the history of watchmaking materials, shapes and textures, previously considered incompatible, such as opulent precious stones and metals, exclusively used in elegant models, and steel, carbon fiber and natural rubber, normally used in sporty models.
However, this initial audacity remained one of the main characteristic of the Hublot Watches, which never ceased to amaze the watch experts and pickiest collectors worldwide, due to their exceptional mechanical sophistication, charismatic style and profoundly innovative nature.
This year, at Basel Fair 2011, Hublot presented an amazing horological breakthrough – the world’s first timepiece, which combines a tourbillon complication, a column wheal chronograph, and a minute repeater complication fitted with two cathedral gongs.
A wonderful combination between fine watchmaking traditions and high-tech modern materials and technologies, the new Hublot Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon and Column Wheal Chronograph Watch, features the sporty masculine, King Power case design, nicely performed in carbon fiber. The sturdy case, measures 48-mm in diameter, and incorporates a round bezel secured with the 6 H-shaped titanium screws, a glare-proof sapphire crystal, solid carbon fiber case-back, black composite resin side inserts and a black PVD-coated titanium crown.
The model demonstrates a sophisticated skeleton black dial, which allows a curious eye to admire the wonderfully decorated mechanical movement, which animates the model. The new Hublot Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon and Column Wheal Chronograph Watch features satin-polished, openwork, black nickel hours and minute’s hands, and reveals, at 6 o’clock, a beautifully executed flying tourbillon complication. Moreover, the model displays 30-minutes and 60-seconds chronographs, located at 10, respectively 2 o’clock positions, and features a minute repeater complication, activated by a lever positioned between 8 and 10 o’clock, and which chimes hours, quarters-hours and minutes with two cathedra-type gongs.
At the heart of the timepiece beats a high-performance, self-winding mechanical movement, the HUB 8100 Caliber, which incorporates 404 components, and 37 jewels, and which oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 alternations per hour, providing thus immaculate timekeeping accuracy and the advantage of 5-days power reserve.
An impressive wristwatch, which will probably conquer the hearts of many enthusiast collectors, the new Hublot Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon and Column Wheal Chronograph Watch embraces the wrist with a black alligator leather strap, with Ceramic clasp, and black PVD buckle. As far as the price of the model is concerned, we cannot yet publish an exact figure, however we expect it will be rather exclusive.
Hublot Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon and Column Wheal Chronograph Gallery