Hublot introduced the Magic Gold version of its highly praised timepiece, the Big Bang Meca 10, which made it’s debut at Baselworld 2016.
Designed on the same platform as the Meca 10 Titanium model, which we had the opportunity to review during our visit to the brand’s exhibition stand at Baselworld 2016, the new version is made from the brand’s patented Magic Gold alloy.
The latest version of this particular series, inspired by (and named after) the legendary Meccano toy set, is designed with a Big Bang-style case measuring 45mm in diameter. The bezel is also made from an alloy of Magic Gold, and has a screwdriver designed in the shape of the letter H, which became a symbol detail of the mark. The case, featuring anti reflective coating applied sapphire crystals on both sides, has a waterproof rating of 100M, like the other versions in the series.
“The model’s skeleton-style dial sports hands made of Magic Gold alloy. The dial has an industrial look thanks to its design combining matte black and metallic components. ”
The caseback frame, which is micro-sandblasted, is also made of black ceramic. The black resin accents are accompanied by black-plated titanium screws.
The model’s skeleton-style dial sports hands made of Magic Gold alloy. The dial has an industrial look thanks to its design combining matte black and metallic components. Thanks to the skeleton-style dial, the inner components, which are designed to resemble block shape Meccano parts, can be seen. The red accents add a sporty touch and are balanced nicely with the contrasting movement parts.
The new model is powered with the brand’s in-house movement Caliber Ref. HUB 1201, like the other Meca 10 models. The impressive 10 days power reserve is also highlighted in the dial’s lay out. The caseback reveals three main bridges over the barrels and a gear train that adds to the Meccano style.
Due to the long run power reserve, the attention of the dial and movement is dominated by the winding mechanism. A horizontal, double rack-and-pinion mechanism at 12 o’clock is linked to a two-part power-reserve indicator. A crown gear with exposed teeth at 6 o’clock indicates the power-reserve status via a red cage on a scale from 1 to 10 days. It is linked to an elliptical vent pressed into an oval, skeletonized plate at 3 o’clock and turns red when there is only two days left in the power reserve.
The escapement is uniquely located at the 7 o’clock position, with a small-seconds sub dial just above it. The 223-component movement has two parallel barrels to provide the long power reserve.
Hublot Big Bang Meca 10 Magic Gold comes on a vulcanized rubber strap with rib pattern. The strap feels quite comfortable on the wrist and is secured with the classic folding buckle made of titanium / ceramic combination.