When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you: Hublot Oceanographic 4000


Hublot Oceanographic 4000 presentation aquariumSay what you will about Hublot, but they sure know how to throw a party. A couple of months ago we reported on Hublot‘s spectacular foray into the underwater world, and now they made it official.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 presentation in the main aquarium in Monaco

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 presentation in the main aquarium in Monaco

On Monday, June 6, in association with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Hublot presented this rather exceptional technical achievement, which took 18 months of research and testing to develop. In this fitting surroundings, and in the company of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot unveiled the Oceanographic 4000, a watch which can withstand extreme pressure, all the way to depths of 4,000 meters. So, if you should get swallowed by a giant squid, Japanese fishermen will have an exceptional pleasure of recovering your watch in perfect condition!

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 presentation

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 presentation

Prince Albert and Jean-Claude Biver

Prince Albert and Jean-Claude Biver admiring beautiful marine life

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the world famous Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert 1st Prince de Monaco, two institutions unwaveringly dedicated to the preservation and research of marine life, agreed for the first time in their history to lend their credibility and be associated with a timepiece. Of course, the collaboration didn’t end there. Hublot also supported these noble conservation efforts in the form of financial contribution and the first official meeting of the partnership will be the “Deep Sea Conference” to be held on October 13 at the Oceanographic Institute of Paris, with Hublot as the main partner.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 presentation

... and then, she was gone.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

Oceanographic 4000, a real triumph in subaquatic engineering, had to endure various testing, starting with its seal, tested in a Roxer tank, submerged and pressurized to the equivalent of 5,000 meters. The synthetic sapphire crystal had to be exceptionally thick (6.5mm) to ensure the water-tightness of the watch and to resist this extreme pressure. The case back is screw-down, a must for reaching these abyssal depths. The case of this nearly indestructible instrument is made of grade 2 titanium or, in the All Black version, carbon fiber. Both materials were a natural choice, since their superb sturdiness but extreme lightness, made them a perfect pick for this gargantuan 48 mm watch.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

Of course, the legibility of this type of watches is one of the main concerns by the manufacturers. Hublot solved this problem by generously applying SuperLuminova on the dial, the flange and the hands, making the Oceanographic 4000 readable from a distance of 10 inches in the dark. Instead of the outside rotating bezel, Hublot used an internal rotating flange which is unidirectional and rack-driven. The one-way flange crown which sets the dive time is placed at the 2 o’clock and it is protected by an oversized crown guard. The second crown, for winding and setting the time and date, is positioned at 4 o’clock and the indispensable helium valve, made of stainless steel, is placed at 10 o’clock.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000, the unlocked flange crown.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000, the unlocked flange crown.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000, the detail of the winding crown.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000, the detail of the winding crown.

This timepiece comes with two straps – “Town” and “Diver” – both with two tongue and buckle. Hublot devised a system that allows easy change of straps by pushing two small buttons built into each end of the case. The “Town” strap is made of black rubber and the “Diver” strap, made of rubber and nylon and longer than a standard strap, is developed to be worn over a diving suit up to 8mm thick.
Movement employed is HUB1401, mechanical with automatic winding with power reserve of approximately 42 hours.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 All Black, carbon fiber version

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 All Black, carbon fiber version

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 will be available in limited edition of 1000 pieces for the titanium version and 500 pieces for the All Black version in black carbon fiber.

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