Contrary to what one might imagine, enlarging a watchmaking caliber into a clock is not necessarily easy. This challenge brought to life a collaboration between Hublot and the Manufacture L’Epée, which specializes in high-end clocks, is therefore all the more interesting.
The idea is simple. Take the Hublot Meca-10 caliber and integrate it into a clock. As a reminder, this movement was originally presented by Hublot in January 2016. It then stood out through the years thanks to its style and uniqueness.
In 2020, Hublot is therefore presenting this caliber in an oversized version. In fact, Meca-10 is multiplied by 4 to become a clock caliber while retaining all of its qualities, including the 10-day power reserve.
“We have managed to reproduce the unique features of our MECA-10 movement on a larger scale. This feat of engineering was achieved thanks to the concerted effort of the teams from both Hublot and L’Epée. In this way, we are charting a new course for the hallowed tradition of clockmaking,” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of HUBLOT.
To carry out this expansion project, Hublot called on the manufacture L’Epée, an obvious collaboration as this Jura company is recognized worldwide for its know-how in the field of clocks (as a reminder, it works regularly with MB&F who also initially initiated this type of collaboration).
In the end, this Hublot clock remains very close to its initial model: it offers a box with generous dimensions of 19.60 by 18.10 centimeters. It comes in two versions. For the first, rings are available in polished satin steel and transparent composite.
The second is coated with black PVD, while the bridges supporting the cogs are also black plated. The toothed crown at 3 o’clock is rubber coated to allow a better grip when manually winding the mechanism. The power reserve, in both cases, is visible on an indicator at 6 o’clock.
An interesting collaboration with a result that embodies the Art Of Fusion.