Exclusively unveiled in Miami during the Hublot Loves Art in Miami event, this revolutionary timepiece with a 3D carbon case boasts the famous rainbow gemstone pattern reproduced using coloured composites.
The ‘MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 5-Day Power Reserve takes the iconic Rainbow design and thrusts it into the 21st century. To create this new Hublot watch, everything had to be reinvented: the concept, the method, the tools, the materials, and all the associated colour ranges.
The aim was to not only reproduce the Rainbow effect of coloured gemstones but also using carbon and composites as opposed to gemstones. This exceptionally complex achievement reproduces the natural variations usually achieved by the natural variation of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds on the surface of the case.
In the traditional technique, the human hand chooses the stones that have already been formed over millions of years and then assembles them according to their colour; here, each tiny insert in different shades has to be created one by one.
In essence, the case is braided. Thin bars of carbon are laid flat, a few millimetres apart. Afterwards, bars of coloured composite are placed vertically into the gaps and protrude slightly from the carbon. This height difference is then filled with a third carbon mesh that raises all components to the same level. Both carbon and composites are threaded into the mass across all three dimensions: length, width and height.
To achieve this result, hundreds of coloured inserts had to be created. The colour of each insert darkens slightly as it set within the carbon case. This had to be kept in mind while creating them, as the final result would be slightly different once the inserts were in place. Another challenge was to position each composite in the right place so that the incredible amount of work would disappear and become seamless to the naked eye.
The new MP-09’s surface is entirely smooth and polished to the touch. Each insert is imperceptibly cropped with carbon, and polished and adjusted to the nearest micron. Never before has a watch boasted as many shades of coloured composite as the new MP-09.
This new MP-09 is powered by the HUB9009.H1.RA.B movement with manual winding and a 5-day power reserve. It comes with a bi-axial tourbillon with one complete rotation per minute for the first axis and a second rotation every 30 seconds for the second axis.
The Hublot MP 09 Bi-Axis Tourbillon Rainbow timepiece is strictly limited to 8 pieces.
Model: Hublot MP 09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 5 Day Power Reserve Rainbow 3D Carbon
Matt Rainbow 3D Carbon case
Diameter: 49 mm
Thickness: 17.95 mm
Water Resistant: 3 atm
Case-back: Microblasted Black PVD Titanium
Bezel: Matt Rainbow 3D Carbon
Manufacture, manual-winding, tourbillon bi-axial
Frequency: 3 (21’600 A/h)
Power reserve: 120 hours
Number of components: 356
Satin-finished black titanium folding clasp
Limited edition of 8 pieces
Suggested retail price
200’000CHF / 220’000 EUR/ 211’000 USD/ 182’000 GBP