Hublot La Clé Du Temps Watch, For Time Control Freaks

Hublot La Clé Du Temps Watch, For Time Control Freaks

Pretty wild right? This is the new version of the La Clef du Temps watch. From "La Clef" to "La Clé," funny enough they both mean "the key of time." The original La Clef du Temps was never originally meant to be an Hublot watch. It was designed for the Confrerie Horlogere under BNB Concept before it went bankrupt. When Hublot bought up the Confrerie and Mathias Buttet, it got the La Clef du Temps with it. I wasn't really too enthused on that watch - writing about the La Clef du Temps here. I later learned that Mathias designed it with the Predator in mind, and the dial was meant to look like a brain.

Now the weird movement that is able to speed up and slow down time is back in a new watch called the La Cle du Temps - and it is part of the Hublot Confrerie (a division of exclusive, very high-end Hublot watches). It is in a brand new case to hold the movement (which is a reworked version of the one from a couple of years ago). The watch is now much more futuristic and feels more in line with the concept of the Hublot Confrerie.

If you aren't familiar with the movement in the La Cle du Temps, let me explain it. It starts with a tourbillon based movement, where the tourbillon juts out of the bottom side of the watch. This is called a vertically mounted tourbillon. You can see it in the picture looking like some space age propeller. The watch dial, to tell the time, is on the upper right of the dial. The lower left of the dial is a power reserve indicator (looks like 5 days worth in the manually wound movement), and above it is the selector for speeding up for slowing down the time. This is where it gets interesting, and Hublot has clearly changed the format of the dial a bit from the previous watch. Using a crown on the left of the watch you can alter the time to run fast or run slow. A fun, but gimmicky way of "controlling time." The neat part is that the movement always retains knowledge of the correct time - so you can always switch it back to "normal" mode and the time isn't all screwed up.

When is a watch like this useful? Honestly, I am not sure it ever is above and beyond appreciating the complexity of it all. In a sense, it is a metaphor about controlling time. The name of the watch itself is the "key of time." If you can afford it, you can say that you hold the key to time - and what greater power is there than that?

In terms of technical details and specifics on the watch - little is known thus far. Hublot is keeping tight lipped on that until March 2011. What I do know is that there will be something special that helps the green parts of the watch glow. The rest of it will be in black, save for the polished base plate of the dial. Mathias Buttet designed the new La Cle du Temps himself as I understand it, and he is generally very clever in these things. I am quite excited to get this crazy creation on my wrist. It will no doubt be highly limited in production, and come with a rather high six figure price. Now start thinking about how you'd use this watch in your every day lives...

  • IS3515

    Very interesting. I can’t wait.

  • kris c

    Awesome. So detached from the original, they should have given it a different name. The rendering is of course very lush, I’ll be more interested in seeing an actual photo, but this is one I’m really interested in seeing more of. The very shiny ripple-cut dial plate is the perfect contrast to the muted tones everywhere else, I hoipe it displays that well in person.
    Very polarizing.

  • shappy

    Excellent photography!

    • Dangeruss

      They are all computer generated images from 3D data – no photos here.

  • Ovidiu

    Quite nice, look a lot like the Concode C1 Turbillion Gravity with the vertically mounted tourbillon and, if a comparison is allowed, the Concord one is better positioned by revealing itself to both the wearer and the outside curious eyes.

    And the green on mate black: simple out of this world, H.R. Giger will love it!

  • Dangeruss

    I love it. I hate it. It’s fantastically useless. If I’m ever in the market for an $800K novelty watch I’d wear twice, it’s on the list. It’s so “un-Hubloty” I had a pretty good chuckle after reading the headline. Hublot??? Wow. Definately a BNB concept all the way through. Looks like the same tourby as on the Concord C1 they designed.

    • Kris C

      I got the same C1 thought, due to the green liquid look in some of those tubes. But I’d much sooner have this one.
      I couldn;t agree more that it is so un-Hublot, but how fantastic is that? I thought for sure the next Hublot we were going to see was to have red and yellow hour markers and be the “McDonalds Edition”.

    • admin


      You are right. Mathias thematically adapted the concept of one of the high-end Concord C1 watch for use in the original Clef du Temps watch. But is it awful when he just copies himself?

      • Dangeruss

        Did I intone that is was bad in some way? It’s a signature element and instantly recognizable. It is certainly not awful to reiterate ones designs.

        • admin

          No, I didn’t meant to respond like that. It was good to bring it up as I didn’t mention the C1 “crazy gravity” or whatever in my article.

  • Brandon

    Oh great, two useless complications married together in one wristwatch: Tourbillon and “Time Control”.

    • admin

      lol. Because this watch ever tries to be practical? :)

  • Pete

    Will Hublot rename all BNB’s best models then? A Bulgari like move to gain further credability? Must admit this is much better than the original in this seasons must have colours it seems :)

    That crown looks like itll be a right pain to use lol!

  • Ivan Y

    Way more stylish than original but the proof will be when we get real photos.

    I also see C1 spirit, but but it feels a little more modern & out-there like MB&F or some RM models. And while I’m unable to afford either H or MB&F, MB&F is the way to go, IMHO.

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    This watch looks amazing!

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  • Ash

    Looks very Tron like. Should’ve made a Tron watch. Now that’d be cool.

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  • mihaljcuk

    How Many ?

  • Jesper

    Hideous. Grotesque. Charlie Sheen will probably be wearing one the night he finally dies of the inevitable heart attack.

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  • josh

    i love it how much?

    • admin

      Not totally sure right now. Over half a million dollars though.

      • Aionc

        Really? or is that sarcasm? cuz I want one. Dont care if it’s hard to read I have a movado I dont even use it for the time it just looks cool.

        • Aionc

          Oh you said million nvm hahahaa

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  • 58Vovan

    And want to buy

  • 58Vovan

    And want to buy)))

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  • AyhanKoc1

    Bu saatden almak isdiyorum nasil alabiliyim

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