Hublot's Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang

The key to precision

Words: Gisbert L. Brunner

There’s nothing more precise than Swiss Watchmaker Hublot’s latest minute repeaters.

FINELY TUNED: Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang

Precision is key to any timepiece, and there’s no complication on a mechanical watch more precise than the minute repeater. With a touch, it chimes the time to the minute in a series of high and low tones played out by tiny hammers striking a delicate wire gong coiled around the movement.

Invented at the end of the 17th century, before man’s mastery of electricity, the repeater was a grand solution to the problem of how to tell the time at night without lighting a candle.

Today, it’s a demonstration of craft and showmanship, which is why Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang is the perfect collaborator for Swiss watchmaker Hublot’s latest minute repeater. 

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Adding to the watch’s reputation for precision is its second complication, the tourbillon - a rotating mechanism that counters the effects of gravity on its accuracy. 

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The 34-year-old maestro is known for both qualities and referred to in equal measures as a classical prodigy and a rock star. The hammers bear his name, the 3 and 9 on the dial are a bass and treble clef respectively, and the 12 represents Lang Lang’s initials as semiquavers. 

The low-density carbon case provides an optimal sound chamber so light that, says the virtuoso, “I can thunder out Rachmaninov 3 on my Steinway while wearing it.” Precisely.


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