The Key to PrecisionHublot’s newest minute repeater is a demonstration of craft and showmanship. Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, and Chopard also know a thing or two about precision
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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.
The 34-year-old maestro is known for both qualities and referred to in equal measures as a classical prodigy and 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.