Hands-On Debut: Replica Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium

Just released by perfect replica Hublot at LVMH Watch Week is the wild new MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium. The new MP-10 transforms and reimagines watchmaking architecture in a novel vertical setup that integrates movement and dial. In the words of Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, “I gave our designers and watchmakers carte blanche, and this is the fruit of their labours.”

Telling the time on the MP-10 is actually quite simple via a stack of four rotating displays. The hour and minute displays are denoted with text as well as red pointers and it is quite easy to read the time as 10:45 in the image shown above. Below these (seen below) is the rotating power reserve display that goes from green to red. Again, simple enough. Finally, we reach the seconds display which is directly on the tourbillon cage which is done in monobloc aluminum and is inclined at an angle of 35°. This highly unusual configuration is patent pending and took five years of R&D to create. 

And then there is the automatic winding system. Rather than the typical rotor mechanism, the MP-10 has two vertical weights done in white gold on either side of the case. These weights are set on a vertical axis which allows them to move freely, thus powering the movement. Of course these weights can’t be any clanking up and down on their axis so Hublot installed a system of shock absorbers. This new HUB9013 manufacture movement is ingeniously creative and joyfully excessive (which is the entire point, right?). Operating at 3 Hz with a 48-hour power reserve, it can also be manually wound via the crown at 12 o’clock. Note that this crown is not used to set the time, which is done via a second crown on the case back. 

Done in a shiny microblasted titanium case, the MP-10 measures 41.5mm wide, 54.1mm in height, and 22.4mm thick (30m of water resistance). The crystal is Hublot’s most complex to date as it covers three inclined planes. This distinction also applies to the integrated rubber strap which is unsurprisingly their most elaborate to date given the construction of the case. 

Comprised of 592 parts, the Replica Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium is a testament to creative watchmaking and horological innovation.

Replica Hublot Big Bang Unico Magic City Limited Edition

Amidst the bustle of Design Miami 2023, Hublot launched a new limited edition watch in tribute to the vibrant city. The new Replica Hublot Big Bang Unico Magic City has an ‘80s inspired (think Miami Vice) color scheme on the dial and is housed in a sleek black ceramic case. Naturally, since this is a limited edition watch the production numbers are going to be low at only 35 pieces produced. 

The basics of the replica hublot Big Bang Unico Magic City are in line with the standard model: a 42mm wide case that measures 14.5mm thick with 100 m of water resistance. The in-house HUB1280 chronograph movement was totally redone a few years back in order to be properly housed in the smaller 42mm case (previous iterations were 45mm). An integrated flyback column wheel chronograph , the HUB1280 is comprised of 354 components and has a 72-hour power reserve. 

The real magic, so to speak, about this limited edition is the playfully retro purple and blue color scheme on the dial. And then there is my favorite touch, which is the bi-color palm tree at 9 o’clock where the running seconds sub-dial is. The fake watch comes with a classic black rubber strap but it’s the gradient strap that transitions from hues of pink, light purples, and blue that matches the dial that brings the whole piece together. 

Hublot showed excellently balanced restraint in designing the Big Bang Unico Magic City which is demonstrated by the question I always ask myself when judging a themed limited edition: does the watch stand on its own? The Magic City certainly does and as my esteemed colleague Zach Blass noted, it’s perfectly timed with the release of the new Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer that dropped a few days ago.