Hublot’s MP-10 Tourbillon Unveils a Novel Winding System

Sleek design and interesting construction.

To begin the new year, Hublot introduces the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium, a timepiece with several characteristics novel to the brand. It’s first and foremost a futuristic or complicated-looking watch, but unlike typical complex Hublot that can be over-the-top in styling, the new MP-10 shows enhancement in design,  marked by its sleek and tastefully executed aesthetic.

Barrel theme

The MP-10 features a central element that permeates the entire watch, from the case to the time display and movement – namely, a barrel. The repeated use of this element establishes a distinct theme for the watch, streamlining the design language into a sleek and cohesive form.

The Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium

For instance, while the case takes on a rectangular shape, it can be deconstructed into three barrels. The longest one in the middle splits the two symmetrical barrels on the sides.

 

In terms of time display, the hours and minutes rely on continuously rotating barrels with printed markers, guided by a fixed pointer on the dial. Just below the hours and minutes, a shorter barrel indicates the power reserve. Further down, the vertical tourbillon is topped with a short ring, which serves as a seconds indicator.

A new automatic winding system

While the design of the new MP-10 is appealing, the true innovation lies in the construction of its movement, specifically the winding system. Departing from the conventional automatic winding setup with a half-disc rotor hidden on the back, Hublot has given the winding mass a complete makeover.

 

Named the Weight Energy System, the MP-10’s winding system incorporates solid white gold blocks shaped like barrels. Positioned on the left and right sides of the dial, these blocks move vertically along an axis, connected to a rack for bi-directional winding. This departure from traditional circular winding is not only unique but also visible from the front at all times – an innovative approach currently under patent pending status according to Hublot.

The Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium

While the Weight Energy System efficiently winds up the barrel to provide a 48-hour power reserve, manual winding is possible using the substantial crown at 12 o’clock. It’s important to note that the crown is reserved for winding, with time setting carried out through another crown on the caseback.

The Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium

Rapid insights

The Hublot MP series is known for its cool timepieces, exemplified by the MP-05 featuring an impressive 50-day power reserve, underscoring the brand’s dedication to horological complexity. While some MP watches tend to lean towards bold and loud designs, the MP-10 charts a different course. This distinction becomes apparent when comparing it to predecessors like the MP-05, both featuring a barrel time-telling system.

 

The MP-10 achieves a refined balance between complexity and sleekness, arguably positioning it as one of the most beautiful MP models since the MP-03. Evolving as a futuristic, minimalist, and sophisticated timepiece, the MP-10 not only competes with notable independent watchmaking examples (price aside) but also ensures lasting appeal well into the future.

Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium

Movement: HUB9013 automatic; 48 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve indicator, and tourbillon
Case: 54.1 mm x 41.5 mm x 22.4 mm; titanium; water resistant to 30 m
Strap: Black rubber strap with titanium folding buckle
Limited edition: 50 pieces
Price: CHF 250,000

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