Hublot keeps bring innovation to the horology market, be it thru the use of unusual materials or designs. But, now they’ve even gone to the point of creating a new material, which has been given a mystical name; introducing the patented “Magic Gold” by Hublot.
Hublot’s proprietary “Magic Gold” is the first ever scratch-resistant gold affirmed to be the hardest in the world, capable of enduring and exhibiting a hardness of nearly 1000 vickers. The “Vickers hardness test” was developed in 1921 by Robert L.Smith and George E Sandland at Vickers Ltd; as an alternative to the “Brinell Method” of measuring hardness in materials. One of the main differentiating factors this method brought along, was the ability to calculate hardness independently of the size of the indenter, and the indenter being useful despite the hardness level.
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The 45mm case is made by Hublot’s new patented “magic gold” with a mixture of brushed and polished finish. This “magic” was obtained by creating a “fusion” between pure 24k gold and boron carbide (a variation of standard ceramic), which was classified as an alloy of 18k gold, while still surpassing traditional gold alloys in hardness and scratch resistance, besides the achievement of conserving the best properties of the ceramic and gold in them.
Its case back is composed of a micro-blasted black ceramic with a transparent sapphire crystal that allows to view the inner workings of their new in-house mechanical movement. While the case is held together by six black-plated titanium screws and is all covered up by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
Time is exhibited on a skeletonized and partially black matt dial with magic gold applied hour index markers and hands. There is a power reserve wheel at the 6 o’clock position and a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position. While the lower bezel made of black composite resin shows red minute index markers, with gold colored Arabic numerals for every five minute interval from “05” to “60”. The “Hublot” logo has been engraved on the sapphire crystal, hovering over the dial itself.
Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Magic Gold
This “Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Magic Gold” (Ref#: 414.MX.1138.RX) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber HUB1201, with 24 jewels, 223 components and 21,600 vph. This is a new in-house caliber for Hublot, which proud themselves with these innovations. One of its peculiarities resides in its construction enabling the interlocking power reserve system to be seen from the dial side.
Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to an astonishing 240 hours (10 days) when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black rubber strap with structured lines, secured to the wrist by a black-plated titanium and black ceramic deployant buckle clasp. This watch is a limited edition of only 200 manufactured pieces.
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