In early 2013, the brand released three new models headlined by the Hublot Big Bang “Red Magic Carbon.” Its Unico movement incorporates a flyback chronograph mechanism that uses two push-buttons and can be reset at any time. Unlike many other chronograph movements, it has a column wheel visible on the dial side, an hour counter driven directly by the barrel, and no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are made of ultra-light silicon and affixed to a removable platform. First released in 2009 (and, according to Hublot, continually adjusted ever since), the movement has 330 parts, a high frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours.
On December 3-4, the Ferrari Finali Mondiale, one of the most prestigious events in the Ferrari racing season, took place at Daytona International Speedway. The event, which was held for the first time in the United States, also provided the ideal stage for Hublot — the Italian luxury automaker’s watch partner since 2011 — to unveil three all-new, redesigned versions of the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Unico in three case materials: titanium; Hublot’s proprietary precious-metal alloy, King Gold; and a unidirectionally grained carbon fiber.
We’re all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Powerlite? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort to make stronger, lighter, and/or more scratch-resistant substances. Below we take a look at ten brands that have invented their own alloys by combining different metals.