January 5, 2012
Hublot recently gave us a sneak preview of the King Power Unico GMT watch, set to debut this month (January 2012). This watch not only features one of Hublot’s new in-house movements (its “Unico” series), but it also an interesting, though somewhat confusing, manner of showing 24 timezones on the dial. I have several mixed opinions about this watch. At first glance I saw a clear influence from Urwerk’s rotating satellites and I thought “kinda cool.” At second glance, I was scratching my head about the various “rings” of cities which go from bezel to dial, all in different font sizes and even in different planes/orientations (horizontal vs. vertical). So as far as the GMT (24-hour) goes, I must say that am not too keen on this execution. But perhaps my appreciation will change once I better understand it.
This said, I must admit I’ve been waiting for something like this from Hublot — it is now clear to me that now that it has its own in-house movements (the “Unico” series) and some new in-house talent (BNB and others), we are finally starting to see Hublot diversify its product lineup. This is a very good thing for Hublot and also for the many of us who have been feeling a bit of “limited edition” Big Bang fatigue lately. But at the same time, I would like to see Hublot start offering some more modest case sizes (42-44mm range), as these 48mm monsters are just too big for most wrists. Perhaps we will see something to this effect in 2012, so stay tuned in.
words by Kyle Stults