Editor’s note: As I go to post this review, something very sad just dawned on me. It’s been over three years since I’ve had a holiday as long as the power reserve of this watch. Which is 10 days. Ten. Days. Which means this watch would still be ticking after one wind upon my return from these far-too-short ‘holidays’. I digress, but that sad example goes a long way to establishing the technical credibility of this watch, and to proving the point that as soon as lockdown ends, I’m outta here for a while. Enjoy – Andrew
Hublot are well known for their patented brand of boldly designed and technologically advanced watchmaking, and if there’s one watch that embodies those qualities, it’s the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold.
The barrel-inspired case measures an extroverted 45mm and is hewn from one of the brand’s in-house precious alloys in King Gold, which has an array of complex finishes. The exposed bezel screws, articulating case shape and black rubber strap all see to the fulfilment of the bold design requirement. And within this thoughtfully designed case is where the technologically advanced component is evident.
Powering this warmly toned behemoth is Hublot’s manufacture Calibre Meca-10, which is on full display through the sapphire crystal on the front and rear of the watch thanks to its matte black skeleton construction. As the name suggests, the manually wound caliber offers a whopping 10 days of power reserve, putting it in truly rarefied air. The power reserve indicator can be seen on the dial side of the watch, as well as the running seconds and a fairly unobstructed view of the movement.
The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold isn’t for the faint-hearted, with its hulking wrist presence and exposed movement, but it offers everything you could want from a Hublot, which is brazen, overwhelmingly masculine design and an unrelentingly forward-thinking approach to watchmaking from the brand.
The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold pricing and availability:
The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold is AUD$61,500 and is available at both the Hublot boutique and authorised dealers across the country.