Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Magic Gold LE – $89,500
New watch alert! It’s LVMH new product week! The usual suspects have the news on all the new products. I’ve chosen the ugliest of the bunch, obviously. I mean, I’ve never seen a watch that makes such a big deal of its power reserve. Does anyone really care, to the point where the dial looks like an afterthought? I guess so; the 45mm Big Bang MP-11 Magic Gold is the [you-guessed-it] gold version of a watch previously released with a red ceramic case. The “magic” in the title refers to . . .
Hublot’s alloy. Hublot maintains that Magic metal makes the case 1000 times less prone to scratches than untreated 18k gold. Even so, ninety grand is a lot of scratch for an ugly, scratch resistant watch made of gold that doesn’t look like gold. I reckon the Big Bang is something of a damp squib. I blame the seven in-series mainspring barrels enabling Magic Mike’s all-too-public 14-day PR boast. The rest of Hublot’s new-for-2020 caliber HUB9011 is in there, somewhere. Highlight and delete? We report, you deride.
“Reminiscent of a jet engine, the highly complex case encloses an equally complex in-house movement,” MB&F’s web page copy advises. The second part of that sentence seem fair enough, but I reckon the Horological Machine N°9 looks like male genitalia. That said, if you go with the Flow, it has a certain [old school] Battlestar Galactica Viper vibe. No matter how you view it, when you see the new see-through sapphire version in action it really makes the grade . . .
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends! Actually, the MB&F runs for 45 days on a full wind. New watch alert! The N°9 is awesome floating in air but wrist ridiculous. And there’s no way NOT to knock your $440k wristwatch into a door frame. Sure, the MB&F’s case is made of sapphire, but this horological space oddity won’t take a licking and keep on ticking (never mind a direct hit from a Cylon Raider). If you don’t understand it and don’t have FU money, MB&F’s Horological Machine N°9 Flow LE is not for you.
When the Chinese pandemic finally fizzles, I’m going to pop over to Nouméa. I want to find out why anyone would want to know the time on an island that’s 913.42 miles from Brisbane, which is also a long way from anywhere and doesn’t merit a mention on any world time watch. I’m not sure if Nouméa is as large as this 46mm pilot’s watch, but I am sure there are actual onions smaller than the timepiece’s onion crown. Oh. Frankfurt’s Next Level called. They want their restraint back.
What sets this IWC apart is a) it’s not a frilly font World Time 5131/1P and b) it’s easy to operate. Press the Timezoner’s bezel and rotate it to select a city. The inner wheel shows the hour at your chosen location, without messing with the main time. A new color doesn’t usually a new watch alert make, but blue is the Petit Prince’s “signature color.” The business-like-but-beautiful in-house 82670 caliber movement lacks color but not drama. The Petit Prince Timezoner is an ideal watch if you don’t know when to call friends and relatives trapped on a small French-speaking Pacific island and Siri’s giving you the cold shoulder. Just sayin’ . . .