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Watch Word This Week: Power Reserve

The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 is one of the new crop of timepieces promising longer energy reserves at not-much-greater price points.

Some people enjoy the daily ritual of winding their watches. Others, well, might not derive quite as much joy from the process. And for the most part, mechanical watches can’t be left on their own over a weekend before their energy is sapped, with typical timepiece power reserves usually maxing out at 50 hours.

A watch’s power reserve is the measure of how long it can run after its mainspring — a ribbon of metal housed in a flat cylinder with gear teeth (called a barrel)— is fully wound. While there have always been certain watch models with longer power reserves, this feature is finally becoming more common, with several new timepieces this year offering greater energy storage at not-much-greater price points.

414.CI.1110.RX-SD-HR-WOne of my personal favourites from Baselworld 2016, the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 has simple, strong and very cool skeletonised lines inspired by Meccano children’s construction sets. One full wind will keep this watch ticking for a good ten days. This is made possible by the HUB1201 movement’s two mainspring barrels, instead of one.
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Hublot, of course, is no stranger to watches that keep going and going —in 2013, it unveiled the MP-05 LaFerrari, which has a record-setting 50 days of power reserve, thanks to the (very obvious) presence of 11 spring barrels.
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The update to the first LaFerrari – a Sapphire version.

The difference: The Meca-10 costs less than a-tenth of the MP-05, and is infinitely more wearable. Lastly, the Meca-10, unlike its Ferrari-themed big brother, does not need to be wound with a miniature power drill (which comes together with the latter).

 

The Hublot Meca-10 is available in black ceramic (pictured, approx US$22,000) or titanium (approx US$19,900).
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