The Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde is a bi-retrograde, bi-axis tourbillon spec monsterFergus Nash
- The Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde is Hublot’s latest addition to the Masterpiece collection.
- It features a bi-retrograde dial, as well as a bi-axis tourbillon for ultimate complexity.
- Despite many power-draining complications, the HUB6200 offers a 4-day power reserve.
There will always be people seeking to discredit Hublot as serious watchmakers, however projects such as the new Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde will continue to invalidate and ridicule the haters. Aside from the innovative looks and complex design choices, the technical prowess on display is among the best of Swiss watchmaking.
The MP of Hublot’s MP collection stands for ‘masterpiece’, and they understandably represent the pinnacle of Hublot’s watchmaking craft across every aspect. That said, Hublot are not a company to construct a delicate or dainty perpetual calendar to signify some false tradition, as their industrial and contemporary flair has been felt in all of their releases since 1980. Instead, the MP-13 takes an even bolder direction with a bezel and crystal that turns down into a spout at 6 o’clock, allowing some extra room for the bi-axis tourbillon.
The centrepiece of the Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde is of course the tourbillon, which is floating and skeletonised for maximum space-age wonder. It completes a rotation on one axis every minute as standard, and moves twice as fast along the other axis for a truly hypnotic display. The rest of the dial leans into an adrenaline-pumping dual retrograde display, with both the hours and minutes laid out like a speedometer and tachometer. It also boasts a 4-day power reserve, with an indicator placed in amongst the organised chaos of the skeletonised movement.
It’s definitely a big watch, but that only matches its big personality. At 44mm in diameter and 16.7mm thick, the use of titanium and a rubber strap helps make the wearing experience more comfortable. The new Hublot in-house calibre HUB6200 is manually wound, and beats at 3Hz for the duration of its 96-hour power reserve.
The Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde pricing and availability:
The Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde is limited to just 50 numbered pieces. Price: US$158,000
|Model||MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde|
|Case Dimensions||44mm x 16.7mm|
|Power Reserve||96 hours|
|Availability||Limited to 50 numbered pieces|