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10-19-2012, 07:07 AM #1
Hublot Masterpiece “MP-02 Key of Time”
Hublot's MASTERPIECE collection is dedicated to complication watches and extraordinary movements, which are the fruit of cutting-edge research in the field of mechanics and engineering. The appearance of this new collection was made possible by Hublot reinforcing its manufacture's workforce in 2010 with a team of 30 staff of the highest level, entirely dedicated to Grand Complications. The first piece in this collection, the MP-01, was presented in January 2011. It was a barrel-shaped titanium watch with a shaped chronograph movement offering a 10-day power reserve thanks to its three barrels working in series, and produced in a series of just 100 pieces. Now Hublot introduces the second member of the MASTERPIECE collection: the MP-02 Key of Time.
The MASTERPIECE MP-02 is an innovative timepiece that gives you the ability to manage the passing of time as you wish. The mechanism driving the MP-02 Key of Time, thanks to a three-position crown, enables you to “modulate” the speed at which the hours and minutes pass, according to your wishes.
Position 1: If you want to savour every second of the passing of time: you can slow down the speed of the watch hands, dividing time by 4, whereby 1 conventional hour is represented as quarter of an hour on the MP-02 Key of Time display.
Position 2: If you want “real” time: select normal hand speed, to retain “standard” time, whereby one conventional hour equates to one hour on the MP-02 Key of Time.
Position 3: If you want time to pass quicker: you can accelerate the hand speed, multiplying time by four, whereby a conventional quarter of an hour is represented as one hour on the MP-02 Key of Time Key of Time display.
Hence with Key of Time, the wearer can make happy moments last four times longer or make difficult moments four times shorter, while retaining the option to “return” to real time at any moment. Three different indicators in a star arrangement on the dial each indicate the current speed of time, to avoid any confusion. You can leave this complex mechanism in position 1 or 3 indefinitely, and then, simply by returning it to position 2, watch the hands readjust to conventional time display. This performance is made possible by a genuine “mechanical memory” built into the movement. In addition to this exceptional complication, the MP-02 Key of Time boasts a vertical flying tourbillon cage, with the particularity of a seconds indicator on its edge.
Series: 50 pieces numbered from 01/50 to 50/50
- Hour, minute
- Seconds via the vertical tourbillon cage
- Power reserve indicator
- Speed of time indicator (3-position)
- Tourbillon without ball bearing
- Manual winding
- Time-setting 3 o'clock, 2-position: Manual winding and time-setting stem
- Speed function 9 o'clock, 3-position: stem Real time, time 4x quicker, time 4x slower
- HUB 9002 – Dimensions 40.20 x 40.10 mm – Thickness 9.30 mm
- No. of Components 512
- Jewels 74
- Hairspring Flat, for extremely accurate setting
- Frequency 21,600 Vib/hour (3 Hz)
- Power reserve Approximately 100 hours (4 days)
- Oscillator Balance with adjustment inertia-blocks
- Moment of inertia 16 mg/cm2
- Lift angle 53°
- Shock absorbers Shock absorption for main plate and balance bridge
- Main plate & bridges Brass, bevelled with drawn rims, and circular-grained recesses
Black nickel coating
- Gear train Circular-grained & bevelled wheels. Coating: black gold and rhodium
Case: Microblasted titanium (Grade 5), with black DLC coating
Screws: Polished and bevelled heads, rounded and polished ends
Dial: Multi-part black, with green transfers
Hands: Polished black nickel, with green SuperLuminova™
Wristlet: Black rubber strap
Clasp: Microblasted black ceramic and black PVD steel deployant buckle
10-19-2012, 08:52 AM #2
10-19-2012, 10:02 AM #3
love it, beautiful watch and a nice change from the reworked big bang pieces (nothing wrong with those either)2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Vapor SRT8
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10-19-2012, 11:12 AM #4
Had the opportunity to see this piece in person at the TimeCrafters event in NYC last month. Very interesting, but I don't quiet get the slowing down and speeding up of time???!!! We all wish we can make time stand still or flash by every once in a while, but time waits for no one or in this case speeds up. Just don't get the point of this watch. Now if it sped up time enough to let me see tomorrow's news..that's a game changer.
10-19-2012, 04:37 PM #5
I'm all for new, cool, and complex mechanical complications and the "mechanical memory" complication in this HUB cal.9002 movement is no doubt very intriguing, but I also prefer that complications had at least a little... "functionality", I guess? True, there are other complications that exist more for show than for actual use, but this "slowing down and speeding up of time" idea just feels so gimmicky. I feel like I'd play with it once maybe twice, sit there staring at the seconds count off either 4x slower or faster, say "Cool.", and never move it off the actual time setting again.
I do, however, like that Hublot is experimenting with other designs other than their porthole design variants and their Richard Mille look-a-like (MP-01). I particularly like the way in which Hublot integrated the vertical tourbillon cage and the second display in this one.- Andrew
10-20-2012, 12:04 AM #6
Looks nice but deffinately a urwerk spin off.
10-20-2012, 01:08 AM #7
Nahhh...not Urwerk. Corum C1 Tourbillon with a dash of HYT T1 (What's that high end watch with a "turbo window" on the caseback? I can't remember the piece.)
Last edited by Salduchi; 10-20-2012 at 01:38 AM.
10-20-2012, 03:48 AM #8
Edit: Funny enough, the watch I'm thinking of with the turbines in the caseback is a Urwerk -- the UR-202.
Last edited by i1800collect; 10-20-2012 at 03:53 AM.- Andrew
10-20-2012, 04:03 AM #9
Excellent i1800, I just remembered also. Fluid dynamics to regulate the winding rate. Urwerk pieces feature rotating discs or revolving cylinders to display time, that's "their thing" and they aren't tourbillons.
10-20-2012, 06:32 AM #10
don't really know why anyone would want this though...