FIRST LOOK — Check out the new Hublot King Power 4000m Diver! After just lamenting over Hublot’s mostly lackluster 2011 releases, I get this — a titanium King Power with a whopping 4,000 meter water resistance. Yes, it is huge — 48mm. Yes, it is a bit garish. But I LIKE the direction that Hublot is headed with this i.e. big and bad dive watches! As for specs, well stay tuned for the full details I’ve basically told you what you need to know — but at a glance and most notably you can see that the Hublot King Power 4000m Diver is fitted with an inner rotating bezel that is adjusted via the crown on the upper right side of the case, itself which is fitted with a (massive) crown lock system (close-up shown below). I knew you wouldn’t leave me feeling uninpsired for long, Jean-Claude Biver!
Hublot King Power Diver 4000m Titanium
Limited Edition 500
48 mm titanium case, 4000 meter water resistance, automatic mechanical, green-accented rubber strap with titanium clasp
crown-lock system for the inner rotating bezel:
and another look at the King Power 4000m diver
Baselworld 2011 – Corum unveils the latest in its popular Ti-Bridge series (a modern reinterpretation of Corum’s famous Golden Bridge watches), the Ti Bridge Power Reserve (and that’s “Ti” as in “titanium”, by the way). While the actual power reserve is not spectacular by any means (a mere 3 days), the linear Power Reserve display — aligned on the right edge of the dial as seen below — is a Corum “first” for this particular model and reflects a thoughtful design approach. The Corum Ti Bridge will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of 700.
Corum Ti Bridge Power Reserve
52.5 x 42.5mm titanium case, manual wind Caliber CO107 with 3-day power reserve and linear power reserve display, black vulcanized rubber strap with titanium folding clasp
close-up of the dial
Amidst all the buzz coming out of Baselworld 2011 last week (the new Rolex Explorer II, the Omega Titanium Liquidmetal, and many other exciting watches), it recently occurred to me I was yet to be excited about something new from Hublot, one of my favorite brands. What?! Nothing new from Hublot “rising to the top”? Sad to say that was the case for me this year. However, now that I see this new Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph, I think Hublot has something I can get excited about. Hublot tells me that this is the first time that it has presented one of its “Classic Fusion” watches with a chronograph movement, which I applaud. While the the movement does not appear to be anything special, I like the direction that Hublot is taking to revive and refresh its “Classic” lineup.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph
521.OX.1180.RX (King Gold) or 521.OX.1170.RX (titanium)
45mm titanium or King Gold case, automatic mechanical chronograph movement, black rubber strap
It is available in titanium and 18K King Gold, a gold allooy which is the result of a precious alloy developed by Hublot — the intense gold color is obtained by adding 5% platinum to the mass of melting gold, giving it a visual impact which is reinforced by the contrast with the black coating of the other components.
Finally, something which I feel is a new and positive look for the brand outside and with more mainstream potential (forget the $3 million Big Bang, Big Bang “Leopard” crap, Big Bang Caviar crap Hublot also unveiled this year)!
Baselworld 2011 – One of my favorite brands, Glashütte Original (pronounced: glass-shoo-ta) released a very nice and legible Perpetual Calendar in its flagship Senator collection. The reference 100-02-25-05-04 (or -05, depending on choice of strap) features a red gold case which pairs nicely against the black-dial with white Arabic numerals. The moon phase disc also fits onto the dial nicely and is adorned with silver stars and a radiant silver moon. A discreet leap year display presents a red dot to indicate a leap year, followed by white, black and yellow dots for successive years.
I’d be curious to hear any thoughts on the look of this watch on the black rubber strap, as pictured below.
Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar
42mm rose gold case
The heart of the Senator Perpetual Calendar, easily visible through the sapphire glass mounted in the case back, is the Glashütte Original Caliber 100-02. The Cal 100-02 has signature Glashütte touches such as the three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, the skeletonized rotor with 21-ct gold oscillation weight, twin spring barrels and swan-neck fine adjustment.
Glashütte Original is also quick to point out that this particular model is equipped with a reset mechanism which allows for easy synchronization of the second hand with a time standard — unlike other reset mechanisms, the second hand is connected neither to the winding stem nor the crown. As a result, when the crown is pulled out, the balance remains in oscillation and the movement continues to run, significantly reducing material stress. Pressing a separate button on the side of the case at 8 o’clock activates the reset mechanism.