Hublot Big Bang Meca 10 Magic Gold
The expanding list of pre-SIHH 2017 limited edition watches continues with Hublot’s release of the Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold. The brand is no stranger to special edition timepieces, and this one will be limited to 200 models, combining both Hublot’s love of fusion and distinctive style.
The watch case is entirely constructed of Hublot’s ‘Magic Gold. First introduced by the brand in 2011, the metal is an alloy of 24k gold and ceramic; it offers the look and feel of the popular precious metal, but also has all the durability of scratch resistant ceramic. The alloy registers hardness to 1,000 Vickers, compared to 400 Vickers of 18k gold. To put in more simple terms, Magic Gold is so strong that it can only be machined with diamond—that machining, along with all the other parts of the material’s construction, is done entirely in-house at Hublot’s Nyon Manufacture.
As per Hublot’s design aesthetic, the case measures a hefty 45mm by 15.95mm, and looks all the more impressive thanks to its golden sheen. The gold is punctuated by resin and black-plated titanium screws, and encloses an industrial-looking skeletonised dial that features a small seconds subdial and a double power reserve indicator. The in-house calibre HUB1201 offers a massive 10-day power reserve, driven by an innovative rack and pinion system, as well as a flyback chronograph function.