Replica Hublot’s newest Manufacture Piece is bang on trend with a fusion of a double-axis tourbillon and a curved, sapphire crystal aperture with several sides. The design remit for any Hublot Manufacture Piece is simple: to develop and then optimally showcase a new movement function. In this case, it would be inextricably linked to function, which explains why the case has a rather unusual shape – its silhouette not dissimilar to that of a human skull. It is in the jaws of this imaginary skull that fake Hublot’s latest mechanical innovation can be found: a bi-axial tourbillon rotating around its first axis in one minute and its second axis in 30 seconds, visible beneath an over-sized, curved sapphire crystal aperture.
This replica is the anodyne name for this new in-house calibre, which comprises 356 components (including no fewer than 43 rubies) and offers a power reserve of 120 hours (5 days). Hublot’s first-ever tourbillon with more than one axis of rotation is not the only unique feature, however. The skeletonised design of the movement is carried forward to the time indications on the open-worked off-center dial at 2 o’clock, as well as the distinctive two-level date display around half of this dial, which involves a white disc sliding beneath the cut-out numerals to indicate the correct date. The power reserve indicator is also open-worked, resembling a petrol gauge whose markers seem to float above the movement. A bright red badge right next to it bears the stencilled text “5 DAYS POWER RESERVE” in block capitals as a not-so-subtle indication of the gauge’s purpose and a reminder which you could wear this watch for a full working week before you need to wind it up again.
Aside from the brand-new movement and elongated case, the replica has all the familiar traits of a Hublot Big Bang watch, from the sandwich construction with metal and carbon
fibre to the signature screws on the bezel and strap attachments and the rubber strap. But the replica is a limited edition of just 70 watches, 50 with a titanium case and 20 in King Gold. In both cases the metal has a combination of polished and satin-finished surfaces and a large segment at 6 o’clock on the case back bearing the limited-edition inscription, which prevents the tourbillon being viewed from all sides. A photo of a diamond-studded version included in the press kit and freely available on the Internet suggests that you might also be able to take advantage of Hublot’s in-house diamond-setting expertise to add a little extra value to your 200,000 Swiss franc the replicaBi-Axial Tourbillon.