Hublot Launches the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System at LVMH Watch Week in Miami
An avant-garde and futuristic timepiece with a roller display, a circular power reserve, inclined tourbillon, and automatic winding by two linear weights!
LVMH Watch Week – Miami, Florida. January 28th – February 1st, 2024.
Hublot – has chosen LVMH Watch Week to launch their spectacular MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System, a futuristic and avant-garde timepiece. LVMH is short for Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy – a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, which owns brands in sectors such as wines and spirits, fashion and leather goods, perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewelry, retail, luxury travel and few others. Hublot – part of LVMH – is a watch brand founded in 1980, and based in Nyon, Switzerland.
“For a piece to be part of our MP collection, it must not only reinvent existing complications; it must create something exclusive, invent, build and open up new avenues in watchmaking R&D. I gave our designers and watchmakers carte blanche, and this is the fruit of their labours. From now on, people will talk about the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System in Titanium in terms of ‘before’ and ‘after’.” Richard Guadalupe – Hublot CEO
The MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System (MP-10) is not a conventional timepiece, as it does not have a dial, hour and minute hands, or oscillating weight. It combines a roller display, a circular power reserve, an inclined tourbillon and automatic winding by two linear weights – ensconed in a futuristic titanium case.
In Hublot’s own words:
“The announcement of a new Manufacture Piece (MP) is always eagerly awaited at Hublot. This MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System will be no exception. The piece is immediately arresting. With its rounded angles, sleek design and sapphire crystal of an unparalleled complexity, it houses a movement which is no less sophisticated. A fusion of form and substance. The mechanical and aesthetic power are inseparable – one of the key concepts guiding the MP collections.”
At first glance, the MP-10 seems more like a vital element of a spacecrafts control panel than a timepiece out of classical watchmaking! However, as has been attempted by Hublot and other timepiece brands in the past, the MP-10 combines classical watchmaking know how fused with disruptive and out-of-the-box thinking.
The MP-10 is a result of 5 years of R&D and comprises of 592 components.
Features and Details:
– The hours and minutes are indicated by two horizontal rotating displays on the upper third of the dial, surrounded by a metal frame. The upper rotating display is for the hours. ‘HOURS’ is printed on the top part of the metal frame with a red triangular marker pointed downwards to the current hour on the rotating display. The lower rotating display is for the minute. ‘MINUTES’ is printed on the lower part of the metal frame with a red triangular marker pointed upwards to the current minute on the rotating display.
– The rotating displays for hours and minutes are black, and the numerals are white.
– An invisible magnifying glass is placed above the hours and minutes display for better visibility.
– The rotating circular power reserve display is in the central third of the dial. It is black, and the power reserve is indicated by a two-tone disc – denoting a green zone and red zone. As the 48 hours power reserve begins to deplete, the green zone makes way for the red zone.
– The rotating display for seconds is in the lower third of the dial, placed on top of the inclined tourbillon cage. The display is black, and the numerals are white.
– A horizontal metal bar is placed between the power reserve display and the seconds display. This metal bar is shaped with a triangular marker on its top and bottom. ‘POWER RESERVE’ on top and ‘SEC’ below are both printed on it. The triangular marker, smaller at the top, is pointed to the present status of the power reserve display. Larger at the bottom, the triangular marker – with a red tip – is pointed downwards to the current second on the seconds display.
– The tourbillon cage “is made from monobloc aluminium, suspended and inclined, and a patent application is pending for this unique mechanical configuration.”
– Time is read vertically from top to bottom – hours, minutes, power reserve (green zone or red zone) and seconds.
– ‘HUBLOT’ is embedded in black on the top portion of the titanium case.
Automatic Winding by Linear Weights:
In a conventional automatic timepiece with a flat dial, an oscillating weight’s (or rotor’s) function is to keep the movement wound. Since this type of architecture was not possible in the design of the MP-10, the engineers at Hublot reimagined it.
On the left and right side of the linear time display are two metal blocks, each going through two vertical rods on either side. The outer one on both sides is a shock absorber. This is the MP-10’s winding system.
On the left side of the left metal block – ‘MP-10’ is printed in white. On the right side of the right metal block – ‘HUBLOT’ is printed in white.
In Hublot’s own words:
“The engineers at Hublot retained the weight principle but verticalized it, just like the movement, then duplicated it. On either side of the central architecture sit two blocks of white gold, arranged on a vertical axis along which they are free to move.”
“To prevent them from colliding with the banking, Hublot developed a system of shock absorbers. These two vertical weights engage a rack and are able to wind the movement bidirectionally – an exclusive Hublot development for which a patent is also pending, that gives the MP-10 a power reserve of more than 48 hours.”
Calibre and Case:
The MP-10 is powered by in-house automatic calibre HUB9013. It is manually wound by a crown at 12 o’clock. The time is set via a push crown on the caseback side. Its functions are vertical display of hours and minutes, power reserve, and seconds – all using rotating displays, and an inclined tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The calibre comprises of 592 components, has 66 jewels, beats at a frequency of 3 Hz or 21,600 VPH, and has a power reserve of 48 hours.
The case is crafted in shiny microblasted titanium with H-shaped titanium screws. It has a transparent sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment. The caseback is also composed of shiny microblasted titanium. The case dimensions are Length 54.1mm, Width 41.5mm, and thickness 22.4mm. The timepiece has a water resistance of 3 ATM or 30 metres. The MP-10 comes with a black structured rubber strap and a titanium deployant buckle. The strap is integrated with the case – attached via screws – 4 on the front of the case and 4 on the caseback side. The 4 sections of the titanium case where the strap meets it act as the lugs themselves.
In Hublot’s own words:
“The exterior is on par with the movement. While the case construction is simple (two pieces, middle and case-back in shiny micro-blasted titanium), the sapphire crystal atop it is Hublot’s most complex to date and combines inclined planes on three axes. The same applies to the integrated rubber strap – also the most refined ever designed by the Manufacture.”
Availability and Pricing:
Name: MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System
Limited Edition: 50 pieces (‘Limited Edition No XX/50’ mentioned on caseback.)
Price: CHF: 250,000.00 / EUR: 275,000.00 / 264,000.00 / GBP 227,000.00
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