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Hublot Antikythera SunMoon MP-08 Watch Hands-On

Hublot Antikythera SunMoon MP-08 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I happen to love watches like this. Take a little inspiration from antiquity, mix in traditional horology and add some modern design. Before you know it, you have some totally interesting and wild timepiece that does not fit into any particular box. This is the 2013 limited edition Hublot Antikythera SunMoon watch. Part calendar watch, part astronomical watch, this is horological obsession at its best.

Do you recall the Hublot Tribute to Antikythera watch? In 2011 Hublot debuted this masterpiece of complexity as a tribute to the 2,000 year old (yes, two thousand) Greek Antikythera mechanical device that was found underwater off the coast of Greece in the early 20th century. The original device was a calendar of sorts and is the oldest known mechanical device to exist. Hublot’s in-house mastermind Mathias Buttet made it a personal project to recreate the mechanism of the Antikythera in the size of a timepiece. He did so and Hublot produced just four of them – never to be officially sold aside from  at one or two special auctions. So now, for 2013, Hublot honors their own Antikythera creation with a simpler (but not simple) version called the Antikythera SunMoon. This one will be sold, but Hublot will only produce 20 of them.

Hublot Antikythera SunMoon MP-08 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Antikythera SunMoon MP-08 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot hasn’t given us the size of the case, but as you can see this isn’t a small watch. Nor is it unwearable either. The cushion-shaped case is very interesting, and a new design in what is still relatively pure Hublot DNA. The case detailing is really interesting, and does offer the illusion of looking into the portal of a machine. The case is produced from titanium, and you can see the iconic Hublot “H” screws used in the corners of the case. Further, the Antikythera SunMoon is also known as the Hublot MP-08, as it is part of their “Masterpiece” watch collection.

One of the most interesting elements of the design is that the Antikythera has two crowns. And from a design perspective you can see how the crown guards lift up like wings to allow you to operate them. This watch literally wants to be Batman. Or maybe they are ears? The movement is actually pretty simple to use. Basically one crown is used for setting the time and winding the manually wound movement, and the other crown is exclusively used to adjust the calendar settings. The movement is entirely in-house made and known as the Hublot caliber HUB9008. Before I forget, the movement does have a tourbillon. Yup, you didn’t think Hublot would leave out a tourbillon did you? It is always a good time for a tourbillon. You knew that right? Elements of the movement are seen through the skeletonized dial.

Hublot Antikythera SunMoon MP-08 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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  • DenesAlbert

    Ariel,
    Normally I don’t envy people who own or are given the opportunity to handle exceptional watches. But the Antikythera made me green with envy.

  • Zeitblom

    DenesAlbert It makes me green too. But in a slightly different way.

  • Kris C

    Very nice! I didn’t know if we would ever hear about this again, I remember the article a few years ago on the original, and this iteration is likely much more wearable. 
    I know it says “Hublot” on it, which is an automatic trigger for ragequitting, but this is obviously no Big Bang, and I find it quite attractive. Funny how the dial is so busy while the movement view is almost… spartan. Which I guess is appropriate considering the ancient Greek roots? Hublot stuck to the tried and tested strap method, and applies the omnipresent ‘H’ shape screws to nicely reminds you who’s house this comes from. 
    I’d wear it. Not daily, there’s too many watches and not enough days.

  • ripshop

    Wow what a cool watch….do want!

  • Fraser Petrick

    Um….er…..huh?

  • Oelholm

    Line. Up. Those. Screws…

  • Ulysses31

    Pretty interesting.  The bat-wing crown guards are cool.  You probably couldn’t guess that Hublot made this without their logo on it, which in my eyes is a good thing.  I’m pretty sure I could get a really nice car for $272,000, and it would be a lot more thrilling than this.

  • aleximd2000

    pretty cool! I figure out how swatch will do the same version with minimal parts and a price of 250 bucks! Then I will buy one for sure. Until then i will build a block of condoes with that money. Cheers

  • garph

    Why do I want this? I just do.

  • superunborn

    This is the best looking Hublot I’ve ever seen.

  • spiceballs

    To me certainly an interesting largish but generally well-done piece – a collectors item?

  • jmsherer21

    Being into astronomy, I think this watching is ridiculously cool.  I have one extremely nerdy question:  Does the watch adjust for the wobble of the Earth as the zodiac sign have changed over the last 500 years or so?!

  • With all that going on, it’s still more readable than the Jay-z watch…

  • Fraser Petrick

    Oelholm It’s like walking into someone’s house and itching to straighten that picture on the wall that’s one micro-millimeter crooked. Drives me crazy – or – as Eeyore the Donkey once said, “We all have our funny little ways.”

  • Yale Landsberg

    TrueTyme on Google Play is a post-modern reinterpretation of the Antikythera. Furthermore, TT portrays time as circular and also as a Möbius Strip.

    We currently use a description of Hublot’s $uber reproduction of the Antikythera as posted by NewAtlas. But we are thinking of using your description. Ok with that? Especially as you rightly say that using the Hublot watch to tell time is a large challenge, whereas with TrueTyme users can tell both suntime and moontime at-a-glance.

    Regards, Yale

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