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Hublot’s MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System is breathtaking, like every other manufacture piece (MP) in its collection. A fusion of form and substance, it’s a bold reinvention of the classic watchmaking complications, where the avant-garde piece is resolutely disruptive in its movement, display as well as complications.

With its rounded angles, sleek design and sapphire crystal of an unparalleled complexity, the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System houses a sophisticated movement.

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In a radical departure, it features no hands. In their place are four constantly rotating displays: the hours and minutes in the upper third of the dial, combined with an invisible magnifying glass; the circular power reserve in the central third, with a very clear green zone and red zone; and the seconds in the lower third that are indicated directly on the tourbillon cage. It is made from monobloc aluminium, suspended and inclined (a patent application is pending for this unique mechanical configuration).

The MP-10 has no dial either, fusing the calibre with the dial. It has a highly architectural design and a particularly expressive movement built around volume and depth. The movement is the face and soul of the watch and the gaze is drawn directly to the mechanism to read the time. The power reserve is expressive, with a two-tone disc (red and green) set coaxially to the hours and minutes.

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This design eliminates the traditional space constraints, which are usually dictated by a central display in a horizontal plane. The MP-10 can be easily read vertically: hours, minutes, power reserve then seconds. The indications are aligned. They share the same white lacquer typography on black aluminium rollers. For each indication, the current time is read via a red triangular marker.

Reinventing automatic winding

MP-10’s winding system follows the same logic. A traditional movement is formed of a flat dial paired with an oscillating weight on the case-back side. However, this type of construction is incompatible with the MP-10. The piece has no dial or hands, it is not flat, and it is read vertically. So, how is it wound?

The engineers at Hublot retained the weight principle but verticalised it, just like the movement, then duplicated it. On either side of the central architecture sit two blocks of white gold, arranged on a vertical axis along which they are free to move.

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To prevent them from colliding with the banking, Hublot developed a system of shock absorbers. These two vertical weights engage a rack and are able to wind the movement bi-directionally – an exclusive Hublot development for which a patent is also pending. This gives the MP-10 a power reserve of more than 48 hours. The watch is wound manually via the crown at 12 o'clock, while the time is set using a second crown nestled on the case-back side to preserve the fluidity of the design.

Unprecedented complexity

The exterior is on a par with the movement. While the case construction is simple (two pieces, middle and case-back in shiny micro-blasted titanium), the sapphire crystal atop it is Hublot's most complex to date and combines inclined planes on three axes. The same applies to the integrated rubber strap – the most refined-ever designed by the manufacturer.

“For a piece to be part of our MP collection, it must not only reinvent existing complications; it must create something exclusive, invent, build and open up new avenues in watchmaking R&D,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “I gave our designers and watchmakers carte blanche, and this is the fruit of their labours. From now on, people will talk about the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System in Titanium in terms of 'before' and 'after'."

Limited to 50 pieces

The figures for MP-10 make for impressive reading: 592 components, 5 years of R&D, 2 linear weights, 1 inclined tourbillon, and a circular power reserve, for a model to be produced in a limited edition of just 50 pieces. Like all the other MPs, the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System is a complete, accomplished and practical watch that will adorn the wrists of a select few collectors.

Available at Hublot Boutiques

The Dubai Mall

Mall of the Emirates

Galleria Mall Abu Dhabi