Hublot Watch Hands-On

In March of 2014 we debuted the new hublot replica watch that built on the legacy of the several year old Hublot Sequential One. As one of our favorite new watches for Baselworld 2014, it is a pleasure to offer a hands-on look at this new, highly wearable, exotic luxury watch.I remember the time when the first mechanical billboards appeared in my city and how much they amazed me with their ingenious triangle-shaped louvers, allowing for the displaying of three different ads in an extremely limited space. And while this idea probably amused me more than I should admit, I remember saying to myself: "Why didn't I think of this?" Many years later, I found myself asking the same question again, as in 2010 rolex Submariner replica au (or Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps) elevated the idea of louvers to a completely different level, by placing four extremely intricate and fully mechanical sets of them into their Sequential One Hublot in an effort to display the time in a way we never saw before in a wristwatch. At Baselworld 2014, we went hands-on with the Sequential Two, the latest and most wearable reinterpretation of's trademark time-telling device, and saw that it offered a number of much welcomed improvements over its predecessors. The efforts of Hublot were nonetheless worth it, as throughout the 40 hours of power reserve, the clever louver-system, coupled with the large minute hand, ultimately create a dial that is extremely legible even after a quick glance at the dial. With that said, however, it is difficult to understand why they chose to not have any indexes at the four positions where the screws are set to hold the plate. It makes telling the exact time at those four "corners" rather difficult while carrying little to no aesthetic advantages. As is the case with the majority of highly complicated watches that display most of their mechanical complexities on the dial side, we are left with a relatively unassuming sight once we turn the watch around. What Hublot did to make the case back side more entertaining, even for the trained eyes of the veteran watch enthusiast, is that they incorporated a solid 18k gold micro-rotor into this in-house designed caliber; a rare sight even on less complicated movements. Note that the images you see here are of a prototype version of the watch and a few bridges from the movement are not yet complete. Thankfully, the case for the Sequential Two is round, a shape that appears to suit the round movement in much greater harmony than the rectangular cases of the Sequential One Hublot and Hublot. We feel that this more traditional shape is a superb match to the highly complicated dial, especially considering the minor–albeit important–tweaks that this initially ordinary-looking case offers. For this 2014 novelty Hublot got rid of the bezel as we know it and replaced it with a sublimely domed sapphire crystal that allows for the appreciation of the louver-system even from extremely low angles. The Sequential Two from Hublot is a clever move from the brand in that it coupled its signature–and presently only–movement design with a more wearable and more subtle case, something that tastefully balances out the complex-looking dial. Available in 18K white gold and pink gold, the former impressed us more with its vibrant red minute hand that further improves legibility; one of the key factors behind the concept of all Sequential pieces.