Carbon Fibre Watch from Hublot

By P. Joseph

Swiss watch-makers Hublot have launched what they claim is the world’s first 100% carbon fibre timepiece.

Billed as a fusion between traditional watchmaking and the technology of the future, the Minute Repeater Cathedral was unveiled at the recent BaselWorld watch and jewellery fair in Switzerland.

The timpiece features two “cathedral” type gongs, and a tourbillon and column wheel chronograph with carbon fiber bridges. It also comes with a case made from carbon fibre, titanium and rubber.

The minute repeater, activated by means of a lever situated between 8 and 10 o'clock, sounds the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. The bolt is cleverly integrated into the King Power case middle, just like the chronograph control push-piece subtly integrated into the watch's crown.

Other features include a manual-winding mechanical movement boasting a 5-day power reserve, as well as a centrally situated hour and minute indicator allowing for a conventional readout.

The flying tourbillon – with suspended cage – is placed at 6 o'clock, whilst the cage rotates without a ball bearing, and has a Swiss lever escapement.

The watch is priced between €209 - €256.

By P. Joseph