As the second member of its prestige Masterpiece Collection, Hublot introduced this crazy, futuristic model, with the interesting idea of making people capable to control the flow of time. A new MP-02 “Key of Time” watch comes in two versions – a titanium one that is limited to 20 pieces and a luxurious king gold version that is available in the limited series of just 10 pieces. This cool timepiece with an advanced tourbillon mechanism offers three speeds, so it is up to the wearer to choose if time is going to pass slowly as he is drinking cocktail on the beach, or fast as he is a broker on the New York Stock Exchange.
With this romantic concept, the renowned Swiss watchmaker tries to bring its fans back to the past when men were not so dependent on time, as it happens today when things pass by with a blink of an eye. At the same time, with its highly unusual design and advanced technology, Hublot shows us the future. Thanks to the genuine “mechanical memory” of its movement, the new MP-02 “Key of Time” watch provides the wearer to slow down or to speed up the pass of hours and minutes, according to his or her wishes and then, to simply go back to the conventional time.
These changes can be set by a three-position crown: At position 1, time is slowed by 4. Thus, one conventional hour is displayed as quarter of an hour. Position 2 displays the “real” time, while Position 3 multiplies the speed of time by four.
The mechanism that provides this unusual feature is an in-house HUB 9002 tourbillon hand-winding movement, with the complex construction built of 512 parts, including 74 jewels. It features a hairspring Flat, for super accurate setting, shock absorption for a main plate and a balance bridge which come in beveled and circular-grained brass with black nickel coating. A gear train is also circular-grained, beveled and coated with black gold and rhodium. A vertical flying tourbillon cage displays seconds on its edge. This high-end mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides superb power-reserve up to 100 hours.
A multi-part black dial with yellow or red transfers features the sub-dial that indicates hours and minutes. Polished black nickel hands are also covered with yellow or red SuperLuminova. The dial also features speed function indicators, as well as the power-reserve display.
The robust case is either made of microblasted Grade 5titanium or King Gold. It has a complex, multi-level construction that looks impressive from each angle, especially from this one that opens a view on the beautiful tourbillon cage. Each version is available with a black rubber strap and a microblasted black PVD titanium deployant buckle.