The focus for the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 is the use of SAXEM as a material in its case. The beauty about SAXEM or Sapphire Aluminum oXide mixed with rare Earth Mineral, is that it gives the case a brilliant emerald green color. Basically what the they have done, is mixed the mixed aluminum oxide, which is the base for sapphire, with rare-earth elements like thulium and holmium as well as chromium, to give us such a radiant green color.
After the 3D carbon and transparent sapphire, this green case stands out form the rest and puts an edge of premium-ness into the mix. It definitely stands out over black, yellow, blue and red color cases, thanks to its brilliant deep color that is uniform. You could say that these kind of innovations help bring out the design of the MP-11 model.
Under the Hood and More
The fully transparent case showcases the manual-winding manufacture caliber, which provides a 14-day power reserve. The advantage of the transparent case is that you can see the seven barrels from the dial side. According to CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, this watch is a fine example of how Hublot is raising the benchmark by showcasing the ‘Art of Fusion.’
The new innovative material used for crafting the case is harder than emerald – which in any case can’t be used as too soft to be machined – and is shinier than sapphire. Thanks to the absence of tension in the material, it offers more stability when shaping the case. Moreover, the cubic crystalline structure ensures uniformity is the shade and intensity of color from whichever angle you view the case.
High Performance All the Way
The Big Bang MP-11 in green SAXEM houses a manual-winding skeleton manufacture caliber. Balancing the mechanics with neat aesthetic, the helical gear can be seen at the 10 o’clock spot and the anthracite ruthenium balance can be viewed from the dial side at a spot symmetrical to 2 o’clock. The case measures 45 mm and the watch is water resistant to 30 meters.
I like the way the power reserve can be seen on the cylinder placed to the left of the seven barrels. It also is aligned with the ‘DAY POWER RESERVE’ inscribed on the sapphire glass. Using green luminescent plating on the hands for hours and minutes, Hublot ensure readability on the Black matt skeleton dial. The watch is limited to only 20 units and sells for $127,000.