Following on from the Big Bang, King Power and Classic Fusion collections, Hublot recently introduced their fourth collection of watches, Masterpiece Watch Collection at the 2011 SIHH. Imagined, developed and manufactured entirely by the Confrerie Horlogere Hublot (a team of 30 staff entirely dedicated to Grand Complications), the Master Piece MP-01 is the first Hublot barrel-shaped watch.
Featuring tonneau-shaped design, the movement is built on 43 jewels and comprises 384 parts. The three-barrel layout of the movement allows for a healthy power reserve of 10 days (240 hours) with a special power reserve indicator visible through the watch’s transparent case back cover. The dial is partially skeletonized with no self-luminated hands or markers and covered by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The markers are an aluminum grid that are attached to the bezel.
From an aesthetic point of view, the watch dial was skilfully openworked by expert hands so that the fine mechanics of the chronograph can be admired. There are three counters indicating: the chronograph seconds at 3 o’clock and the chronograph minutes at 9 o’clock, along with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. Another special feature to highlight is the indexes, which continue beyond the titanium bezel.
Produced in a numbered series of just 100 pieces, the Hublot MasterPiece MP-01 will be soon available for around $80,000. Hublot anticipates that due to the complicated open-worked design of these watches, only one or two models in this line will be released every year.