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Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM Watch

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM Watch Watch Releases

This week is getting greener by the second… Following on from the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date limited edition and the Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial limited edition, the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM watch takes things to another level of green, with a novel case built to house the impressive HUB9011 movement. An in-house skeletonized caliber, the HUB9011 is packing a remarkable seven barrels mounted in series, generating an impressive 14-day power reserve, which is displayed by a white-on-black roller. This unusual movement architecture massively transforms the case’s profile and, while this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this “hummock” effect, it has perhaps never been more striking than it is here in bright green SAXEM, a material never before used in watchmaking.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM Watch Watch Releases

SAXEM is a loose acronym of “Sapphire Aluminium oXide Earth Mineral.” Its green color comes from mixing aluminum oxide (the base component of sapphire) with elements like thulium, holmium, and chromium. The result is both aesthetically and technically stunning, being harder than emerald and even more brilliant than sapphire. It has an incredibly consistent cubic crystalline structure, which means that the color of the case looks the same from all angles.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM Watch Watch Releases

The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM watch (reference 911.JG.0129.RX) will be limited to just 20 pieces. The brand’s decision to create such a small run is probably motivated by several factors: First, it is incredibly difficult to machine a material of this nature with this level of accuracy. Secondly, the watch has a six-figure price tag, which is obviously inaccessible for most people (and probably a large portion of Hublot clients). And lastly, because it is, as any non-metal watch tends to be, something of a divisive design.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM Watch Watch Releases

Despite the bonkers case, the internal workings are all business. The enormous power reserve is a big selling point, and the novel way it is achieved and presented (unabashedly dominating the dial) is rather impressive. Although the entire lower half of the display is taken up by the barrels, legibility is surprisingly good. A matte black skeleton dial occupies to the top half of the dial, with just hour and minute hands to indicate the time. The green lume applied to these hands and the hour markers has a ghoulish hue that sits very comfortably alongside the green of the case (and is brought out even more by the housing’s unusual coloration). The time dial is intersected on either side by a helical gear at “10 o’clock” (this is the gear that transfers the power from the vertically stacked barrels to the otherwise horizontally arranged movement), and the balance wheel on the other side at “2 o’clock.”

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM Watch Watch Releases

There are few cases on the market that have such an undeniable character. Love it or hate it, this big green machine is not likely to be missed. At 45mm-wide and 14.4mm-thick, the bulky Big Bang case is not for the faint-hearted. Disappointingly, however, for such a large watch, the water resistance is a shallow 30 meters.

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It has been 14 years since the Big Bang first debuted in 2005. The model has always been the standard-bearer for the brand — a perfect playground for experimentation with new materials, and a ready-made excuse to go a little wild. The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM watch does just that, continuing a long tradition that has seen models such as Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Chronograph 2019 watch, Hublot Big Bang UNICO Magic Sapphire watch, and Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic Ceramic watch, generate passionate discussion among the watch-watching public. This model, resplendent in its startling shade of green, is available for $127,000. Learn more at hublot.com.

 

 

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  • private private

    Low water resistance aside, the barrels add to the aesthetic of the watch and fit nicely with the case. I tend to shun Hublots, but this one has the right design ingredients that come together to deliver a poweful image. For those who can afford it…

  • Ugo

    this is all urwerk and richard mille’s fault…

  • Swiss_Cheese

    Well, it’s certainly… green. That’s one thing going for it I suppose.

    Also, on a completely unrelated note, Rob, blink twice if you’re being held hostage.

  • Tom Erne

    I think this is pretty cool. And I have NEVER said that about a Hublot before. Yeah it’s RM territory, but I’m guessing there is room.

    • all74

      I have also never said something like this about a Hublot – but that is beautiful! I’d love to just stare at that movement for a while. Shame that I currently have roughly $1/127,000 in my watch fund.

  • SuperStrapper

    Pretty damn cool. I wonder if this is a material easier to mill/shape than sapphire.

    • What fresh hell is this?

      I doubt it, based on the description it’s just sapphire with dopants for colour.

      I just wish watchmakers would stop calling the stuff sapphire. It’s not a gemstone.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I’ve always thought Percy was one of the ABTW team reviewers ..

    (I’m just kidding ABTW)

  • $127,000 only?

  • Ulysses31

    You can actually tell the time on this. Indices go all the way around the dial – i’m impressed! The green is pleasing to the eye. A smoked crystal would also look good, perhaps slightly frosted. What we don’t need to know is that this watch has a 14 DAY POWER RESERVE. Perhaps it is solely for the benefit of gawkers, and not the owner. A means to attract more attention, although if you were wearing this, you’d already have plenty of that.

    • Gary Mark

      The “14” rotates(12, 10 etc) and counts down the remaing power reserve.

      • Ulysses31

        Oh really? That’s cool. Still, it’s a bit too bold for my taste.

  • Jon Heinz

    For me, it’s the old Black Beauty three hander, or the Ocean 4000. That’s huge, but I still want it, LOL.

  • What fresh hell is this?

    Corundum, which is what it is.

    By all means call it a sapphire if it’s coloured, has been faceted and set in a ring.

    • SuperStrapper

      By those definitions a watch crystal is still a sapphire. They are cut and faceted, can be coloured, and are set. Now what.

      • What fresh hell is this?

        That’s a stretch of the definition of “gemstone” if ever I saw one.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I never pay for just a name. The watch must be something pleasing to me. In this case, the Classic Fusion 3 hander appeals to me. Sometimes I just like to wear a basic watch without all the complications. Who really uses the chronograph function or needs a triple date? Not me.
    This CF has the right amount of understated bling for me. A nice watch for a casual no diamond day. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a548bc37e8ab67d3ea76408f7a0b3e66681e5e71c74807a8a61af4a226ffd6ed.jpg

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