Hublot‘s R&D department showcased its newest creation at Art Basel in Miami. The MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 5-Day Power Reserve reproduces the Rainbow effect of colored gemstones using carbon and composites. This complex achievement mimics the natural variations usually achieved by the natural variation of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds on the surface of the case.
The case of the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 5-Day Power Reserve is braided. Thin bars of carbon are laid flat, a few millimeters apart. Then, bars of colored composite are placed vertically into the gaps and protrude slightly from the carbon. This height difference is then filled with a third carbon mesh that raises all components to the same level. Both carbon and composites are threaded into the mass across all three dimensions: length, width and height.
Hundreds of colored inserts had to be made to create the effect. As the eye spontaneously combines them to recreate a harmonious and natural gradation, the effect is almost an optical illusion. Hublot developed a complete prism of infinite shades to reproduce the brilliance of gemstones – a first in watchmaking. The color of each insert darkens slightly as it is set within the carbon case. Each composite had to be positioned in the right place so that the incredible amount of work would disappear and become seamless to the naked eye. The new MP-09’s surface is entirely smooth and polished to the touch. Each insert is imperceptibly cropped with carbon, and polished and adjusted to the nearest micron. Never before has a watch boasted as many shades of colored composite as the new Mp-09. a world first.
The new MP-09 is fitted with the exceptional HUB9009.H1.RA.B movement with manual winding and a 5-day power reserve. It features a bi-axial tourbillon with one complete rotation per minute for the first axis and a second rotation every 30 seconds for the second axis. This hypnotic unique double rotation has guided the design of the case with curved sides, which displays the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, within a new, colorful architecture.
The new timepiece is strictly limited to 8 pieces.
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