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Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Aside from smoked black or clear sapphire case-based models, what is really new in Hublot‘s Big Bang collection for 2016 is the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 watch with a brand-new in-house-made movement. Baselworld 2016 was relatively quiet for a lot of brands when it came to new releases, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some cool new stuff. If anything, Hublot focused on other announcements so much that the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 might have been quite easy to overlook. With that said, this is a very interesting movement in action and should prove to be a solid wearing experience for Big Bang fans.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Set in the modern 45mm-wide Big Bang case (water resistant to 100 meters), the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 comes in two versions for 2016 with the non-limited natural titanium case version and the limited edition of 500 pieces “all black” ceramic case. Both are finished with a sand-blasted texture that adds to the industrial look that Hublot is going for. Moreover, the latter black ceramic model is said to be part of Hublot’s celebration of their 10th anniversary of the “all black” watch concept.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

While the Big Bang 45 case remains more or less unchanged (there are no chronograph pushers here, since this is not a chronograph watch), what is new is the in-house-made Hublot caliber HUB1201 manually wound movement. This is where the interest is, not only in terms of the movement’s performance, but more so, how it is designed. More and more, we are keen to promote movements which look good. Mere functionality is for sure important, but when it comes to spending big bucks on a watch, people do it because the timepieces make them emotionally feel good. A big part of that is offering function as well as an aesthetic attraction.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In my opinion, the fully open dial with a view to the skeletonized HUB1201 movement is where the appeal in this timepiece exists. The functional focus is the 10 days of power reserve. Split between two mainspring barrels, the “around 10 days” of power reserve is indicated by two power reserve indicators. One is a sort of digital power reserve indicator shown via a disc with stencil-cut numerals. I believe that this is a jumping indicator where the numbers count down each day. The second power reserve indicator is part of the rack-style system above the mainspring barrel that has two toothed sections.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As the mainsprings are wound, the rack moves to the left of the dial; as the movement winds down, it moves gradually to the right. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in a movement, and I find it very cool. Over the mainspring barrels is a circular plate set with a series of “H-style” Hublot screws. The movement bridges are either matte-black finished or silvered, which adds some nice contrast to the deep and inviting view of the mechanism.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

When it comes to a movement with this level of power reserve, accuracy becomes a major issue because the torque curve downwards as the mainsprings wind down can be appreciable. That basically means that accuracy can vary wildly unless there is a system in place to handle that. Hublot doesn’t mention anything specific about that, but it is possible that the power reserve is actually longer than 10 days, with the movement automatically stopping before the torque becomes too low. We do know that the movement’s operating frequency is 3Hz (21,600 bph) which is about average for movements of this type.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The HUB1201 movement is produced from 223 parts, and is nicely visible through both the front and rear sapphire crystals on the case. Functionally, the movement offers just the time with small seconds dial along with the power reserve indicators. The Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 is really a mechanical art piece for those fond of Hublot’s style and brand personality. I happen to think it is a pretty kick-ass watch despite the expensive price.

Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Attached to the case is a black rubber strap which can be easily removed via the “One Click” strap removal system. I believe that for 2016, Hublot finally gave this strap attachment system a name… and that name is “One Click.” For 2016, the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 will exist as the reference 414.NI.1123.RX in titanium and the limited edition of 500 pieces in black ceramic is the reference 414.CI.1110.RX. Price is $19,900 and $22,000 respectively. hublot.com

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  • MEddie90

    Every year Hublot become a more credible watch company. I may not be the biggest fan of their styling or endless limited editions but they do seem to be making some interesting movements, last year the repeater alarm was released and now a 10 day manual wind. In this case I think i’d prefer a non “skeletonised” version but the overall effect is’nt to bad. Looks better then many of their models which use an open dial.

  • word-merchant

    Intriguing view through the caseback of a very interesting movement. Unfortunately the front view does remind me of an untidy garage workbench with tools strewn everywhere; Hublot would’ve done better to close up the dial here.

  • Apk

    That little mustache comb is interesting but too prominent on the dial. Love the view front the back

  • speedwing

    I’m really not into Big Bangs but these 2 look good.

  • BNABOD

    look at the finish on the red power reserve indicator!!! looks pretty shoddy to me and at that price it is pretty unacceptable. goes to show what you get with Grand Seiko is pretty darn impressive in the sub 5K range.

    • ??????

      True – looks very roughly made. Its not the first fault for Hyblod

    • iamcalledryan

      That’s not finishing, it’s paint application and considering the size of the frame it’s pretty well done. Having said that I do think it would have looked better had they left it off entirely or dipped the aperture in paint to get a fuller coat.

      • BNABOD

        call it whatever you want it looks like sh&&

        • iamcalledryan

          My point is that finishing can deal with dimensions of this size without causing burrs or inconsistencies, but paint application is limited by the viscosity of paint. So this is not about shoddy application, rather a poor design choice. I get that you don’t care and still think it looks bad through a macro lens, but I do not think ‘shoddy finish’ is fair. Any paint applied without a frame (like an hour marker) is imperfect through a loupe.

          • BNABOD

            Right but I don’t need a loupe I can see it by just staring at it I am sorry frame or not it does not look good that is part of the broader fit and finish and at 10k it is no excuse.

          • iamcalledryan

            I don’t disagree, when you venture beyond $10k on a relatively un-complicated watch you really shouldn’t have to compromise.

        • ??????

          +100

  • ??????

    The caliber is cool, even awesome. But don’t like this kind of watches anyway – skeleton, screws everywhere, silicon, break-your-eyes illegible… pretentious in a kinda nonsense way for my taste

    • wallydog2

      “break-your-eyes illegible”
      Brilliant.

  • SuperStrapper

    Sweet. These looks great. Rear view is very unique and we’ll executed. Lots of interesting stuff going on.

    Heavy on the wallet, but for Hublot these seem to be priced fairly conservatively. Especially considering the AD discounts you can get.

  • DanW94

    Their non-skeletonized Classic Fusion design is still my favorite, but this is pretty nice also. The dial’s not a hodge-podge like so many of their offerings and the dual power reserve indicators are cool, especially the hacksaw. Wouldn’t be my first choice at that price, but interesting nonetheless.

  • iamcalledryan

    I’m not there on the pricing, the 10 days, skeleton and metal treatment gets a lift but this would do very well around the $10k mark. In any case, I like it.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    What am I missing ? What cant I see ? This, to me, is just another slab from Hublot. The movement is a mess, the date window is a mess. The. ” industrial look ” does nothing for me. Not much else to say really.

    • SuperStrapper

      You’d probably be less pissed off if you actually read the content before commenting.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I did

      • ConElPueblo

        Really? How come you find the date window a mess?

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Because I do

          • Timestandsstill

            Hint: I think he’s trying to tell you that there is no date wheel 😉

          • ConElPueblo

            …Or Raymond has very short months!

          • Raymond Wilkie

            When I said date window , I meant power reserve window,………………….easy mistake : ) . I’ll stop commenting stoned.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    What happened to my pic ??

  • Ulysses31

    A more mature effort from Hublot. Perhaps this company is reaching the late teens. The case is sober and stylish, or as much as it can be without compromising the Hublot DNA. The movement itself is intriguing and not ugly, although I dislike the “stencil” numerals. It’s a watch, not an ammo box or a shipping crate. Such a font feels distinctly down-market to me. Aside from that, it doesn’t provoke the usual feelings I have about Hublot – I don’t have the urge to gouge the eyes of the designer (or my own) with my thumbs.

  • TrevorXM

    Why do they have to write power reserve on a power reserve? That would annoy me every time I looked at the watch. “Look, dummy, this is the power reserve, get it? What’s wrong with you? Do we have to remind you every time? Get it straight — power reserve!”

  • Marius

    It’s not a bad-looking watch, and it has a semi-interesting movement. However, I would be cautious about the initial reliability of this caliber. As Mr. Mark Carson argued, the first Unico movements were notorious for breaking down before they actually reached the AD. According to some ADs, 50% of those movements were dead on arrival.

    Another big drawback is the huge price. At over $20,000 you start competing with very prestigious brands that offer cases and movements of a much higher quality. I mean, just by briefly looking at the images you can see that neither the movement, nor the case have a finish and attention to detail that one would expect from a $20,000 watch.

  • Sevenmack

    Not a bad-looking skeleton. The industrial look is very nice. Yet it is still too expensive by half.

  • Shinytoys

    The look kind of left me cold, not my favorite Hublot…buy a wide margin.

  • Mike Burdine

    The watch is cool. The price is not.

  • wallydog2

    There’s nothing like Hublot to inflate my bursting-at-the-seams self-image as a gentleman of refined tastes, my savoir-faire, noblesse-oblige, never-wear-white-after-labour-day, sensibly shoed, man-about-town, super-cool retired guyism.
    (I want this Hublot. My Steinway Baby Grand is wobbly and I need something to stick under one leg.)

    • speedwing

      Try a Rolex then it’s smaller and very common and easily replaceable.

  • ??????

    At 20k better get some Sapraneva

  • peter_byford

    To be brutally honest, I’m not a fan of Hublot watches, Hublot as a Co, or their OTT CEO,
    as previous comments I’ve made attest to…….so no surprises there guys ! This watch is no different, but is an example in design that many other brands are trundling out, many my favourites of old. They appear to resemble children’s construction set failures……all crammed into a tight spot lol !…..no symmetry, style …an assault on the senses IMHO. Some need their vulgar movements hidden away, quite frankly lol !

  • Dan Nolan

    Just bought the limited Edition MECA 10 Full Skelton. This watch is really a spectacular looking timepiece. It is my first Hublot and definitely not my last. The skeleton is impressive and the watch isn’t flashy. I can wear this and those who know what it is, smile and will appreciate it for the work of art that it is. If you’re looking for someone to see a name on your wrist vs a really well thought out time piece, then buy the Rolex or the Breitling. This watch puts a smile on my face every time i look at it.

    On a side note… Tyshon Cleaves and Jose Ramos in the Orlando location are really great to work with. They took the time to really educate me about what i was buying and why. They spent time with me even though the sale was not evident. They truly love the watches they sell. that makes a difference. They made a watch client out of me… Nice work gentlemen!

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