Insider: Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis. Hands-on with the 20-Piece Latest and Greatest Manufacture Piece from Hublot.

Earlier this year, Hublot released the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis in three different versions. This new watch joins all the other haute horlogerie MP creations as Hublot's first multi-axis tourbillon. With a very unique design offering unique visibility and an all new case design, the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis is powered by an in-house calibre that pushes the boundaries in terms of multi-axis tourbillons. With its fascinating double rotation this timepiece perfectly reflects the prevailing philosophy in the design of all of Hublot’s “MPs” —manufacture pieces—, namely to develop an exclusive movement dedicated to a function and to design specific external parts to highlight its beating heart.


The Case & Dial

With a massive case measuring 49 mm in diameter and 17.95 in thickness, the new MP-09 Tourbillon is available in titanium as reference 909.NX.1120.RX limited to 50 pieces, in King Gold as reference 909.OX.1120.RX limited to 20 pieces and in a combination of titatnium with diamond encrusted bezel like the one we are reviewing here. Fitted with a bezel lug in black composite resin, engraved at 9 o'clock and filled with red lacquer, the MP-09 is extremely sporty and somewhat reminiscent of the LaFerrari and water resitant to 30 meters.

Its multi-layer dial, offers the greatest possible visibility to the watch’s beating heart, the watchmakers at the Hublot manufacture have created an all-new MP-09 design for the movement and for the case. Thanks to its position at 6 o’clock and a large opening that covers a very complex 3-sided sapphire glass, the gaze of the wearer will literally plunge onto the frantic travel of this bi-axial tourbillon, which overcomes the effects of gravity in a much more subtle manner than an ordinary tourbillon.

The Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis watch beats to the rhythm of the fine watchmaking calibre HUB9009.H1.RA, a mechanical movement with self-winding featuring a 5-day power reserve. It also features a bi-axial tourbillon that undertakes a complete rotation per minute for the first axis and a rotation every 30 seconds for the second. This means that the dynamic movement—immediately perceptible—of this double tourbillon frame has an appearance that is as fascinating as it is fun.

Besides this technical specific feature, the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis also stands out because of its innovative date corrector, which is as ingenious as it is practical. Via a simple winding movement of the lever up or down, the date moves respectively forward or back by a day.

The construction of the dial over several levels—alternating black, white and red—also enhances the elegant character of the MP-09. Around the hours and minutes display, the date indication—instantaneous—is arranged in tiers in two half-circles on two distinct levels, while the 5-day power reserve is displayed in a gauge at 9 o’clock.


On the Wrist & Pricing

On the wrist, the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis wears extremely big but quite impressive. For sure, this is a stunning watch where nothing hides inside the case and where transparency is the name of the game. With unparalleled wrist presence, the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis is definitely a huge conversation starter anywhere you go and a watch that only a few will get to own as this watch comes in a limited edition of only 20 pieces.

Sticker Price $190,000 USD. For more info on Hublot click here.