What makes Hublot’s certified 18K gold so magical? There’s no doubt about it – It’s certainly breathtakingly beautiful, but there is more than meets the eye.
Three years have passed since the fusion of tradition and 20th century creativity. Yet all this time, Hublot’s Magic Gold has still remained the only scratch-resistant gold in the world.
Protected by patents, it is the hardest certified 18K gold (Certified by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control) at nearly 1000 Vickers. To put this in perspective, well-crafted 18K gold is rated at 400 Vickers.
Even more impressive, most hardened steels are rated at 600 Vickers. However, this famous alloy continues to emerge as the champion with a remarkable 400 additional Vickers over its competition.
Now you are probably wondering how this revolutionary material is made and expertly finished. Here’s what making Magic Gold involves.
The finishing process is perhaps the most easy to understand. It requires the only known successful solution: Machining by diamond.
On the other hand, the creation process is not quite as straightforward in fact, it is far more complex than imagined. It starts as a fusion of nature’s finest 24 carat gold and the latest high-tech materials. Boron carbide power is pre-formulated in moulds very similar in shape to the finish part. In this case, it is the bezel on the Hublot Big Bang Unico.
The pre-formed powder proceeds to harden at tremendous temperatures creating a rigid, porous structure. Once completed, 24K gold alloyed with 3 percent molten liquid gold is injected under extreme pressure with inert gas at a very high temperature. The process allows the metal to fill in the ceramic pores, creating a fusion of two as the result.
To earn its rightful name, there remains one final step to be completed. During polishing, the raw alloy transforms from a nearly black color to a stunningly unique gold tint. Magic gold is now introduced into the world.
During Basel World 2012, Hublot made a very limited Big Bang Ferrari edition that featured Magic Gold. And ever since 2011, the Switzerland company has been equipping itself with the means to produce the famous alloy in-house. It all begins from start to finish at the high-tech foundry at the Nyon Manufacture (Home to ceramic sintering and high pressure metal casting).
Today, Hublot has made another leap forward revealing the Big Bang Unico with a bezel crafted in Magic Gold. As one of the more vulnerable components on any watch, it serves a dual purpose with beautiful style and bold functionality.