Complexity as an art
In 2011, Hublot brilliantly thwarted all conventions by presenting the first chapter of an exciting story, that of the Masterpiece watches. Starting with the MP-01, each new opus unveiled combines groundbreaking movement and spectacular design. The new MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde is no exception to this rule. Better yet, it enhances it! On the openworked dial, the hour and minute hands perform a spellbinding choreography. Each hand is pointing to its respective arc-shaped scale. Once reaching the end of their course, they immediately return to the beginning of their distinctive trajectory. This bi-retrograde display is in turn linked to a tourbillon performing its gyrations on two axes. One completes a rotation in one minute, the other in 24 seconds. The resulting gyroscopic action heightens the precision, provoking emotion.
To complete this hypnotic ballet, the manufacturer perfected its 13th MP proprietary movement, integrating it into the sculptural, satin-finished titanium case measuring 44 meters in diameter. This manual winding caliber HUB6200 brilliantly delivers on performance. The mechanism affords the watch four days of autonomy. An indicator positioned at 11 o’clock on the dial allows the wearer to determine at any time how much energy is available out of the 96 hours of power reserve available. Entirely composed of 374 different parts, this complex, state-of-the-art mechanism is designed to offer the utmost in simplicity. For instance, the crown of this 50-piece limited-edition serves only one function: to advance the minutes. This function affects the setting of the hours. In order to protect against malfunctions, the hands are not permitted to move backwards. Progressing also implies evolving towards a more advanced stage.