August 10, 2013
About a year and a half ago, Hublot accomplished something remarkable — the creation of their own in-house made “Magic Gold”, a new and patented 18-karat gold alloy that is virtually scratch-proof. This was an important milestone in materials innovation for the manufacture. Fast forward to today — actually about two months ago, Hublot (quietly) made another announcement of a great materials innovation: red ceramic.
The team (led by Mattias Buttet Senad Hasanovic) which developed the Hublot Magic Gold (it really is remarkable if you haven’t see it), has now developed what Hublot calls the “world’s first bright red ceramic.” Black and white ceramic are relatively easy to create and have been in use for many many years now — but adding any element of color to ceramic is a huge challenge, particularly a color such as red. Suffice it to say then that a worthy red ceramic has eluded the watchmaking industry for decades — but now Hublot has done it. In fact the color matches precisely the pantone of Ferrari Red.
This is a great innovation, much like Rolex’s innovation to enable production of two-toned ceramic (a la the Black and Blue GMT GMT-Master II Reference 116710BLNR). Like them or not, Hublot’s R&D team is doing a great job particularly when it comes to materials innovation such as this.
The red ceramic is commercial ready and in fact its first use is in a unique piece, the Hublot “Red n’ Black” Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon for Only Watch 2013 (note: the small red ring you see inside the dial is anodized aluminum).
I think its safe to say that “Magic Red” is being machined for further components — stay tuned for the first production “Magic Red” watch coming later this year.
Red’n’Black Skeleton Tourbillon
Reference 505.CI.0140.LR.OWM13 – Unique Piece for Only Watch 2013
Case: “Classic Fusion” – Diameter 45 mm, in polished and satin-finished black ceramic
Bezel: Red ceramic with 6 H-shaped titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating, and metallised silver logo
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: Polished black ceramic with Hublot logo
Case-back: Polished ceramic with sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 3 ATM, i.e. approx. 30 metres
Dial: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on topside/underside – Polished black coated indexes
Hands: Polished, black coated
Movement: MHUB6010.H1.1 – Hand-Wound Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Movement
Components: 155, including 19 jewels (Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve: Approximately 5 days – 120 hours
Bracelet: Black alligator strap stitched onto black rubber, red stitching
Clasp: Black PVD steel deployant buckle