The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 transports us into the future of mechanical timekeeping with its in-house-developed 10-day movement and its complex design. If you had a time machine, would you travel to the past or into the future? If you’re more curious to find out what the future holds, then you’ll love the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10. This watch doesn’t follow any preexisting horological tradition. Instead, its innovative mix of materials, its prominent screws, and the wheels and racks that can be seen from the front make it look like a post-apocalyptic time machine. The Big Bang Unico with manufacture chronograph and automatic winding was already futuristic, but Hublot takes it a step further with the Meca-10, which is powered by the brand’s own hand-wound movement. The cases of these two models are alike except that the Meca-10 has no chronograph buttons. Their case size (45 mm) is also the same. A complex synthesis of the arts, the Meca-10 was awarded the “Red Dot Best of the Best” design prize in 2017. The Big Bang Meca-10’s high-quality look and futuristic design have much to do with its complexity. Aude mars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore also has a bezel with visible screws, but the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 boasts an even more richly detailed overall appearance thanks to its case’s black plastic middle section, a trapezoid-shaped push-piece to operate the quick-change strap system, and the visible and modern skeletonized movement. It’s clear to the viewer that the complex architecture with numerous parts that comprise the case is costly and labor-intensive. Hublot’s love of detail is evident. For example, each one of the screws is three-dimensionally designed with a polished ring rising above a matte surface and topped by a unique head with a stylized “H.” Rich details continue in the rest of the case, which appears to be built in five layers when viewed from the side. Two matte black strata of artificial resin separate the bead-blasted titanium levels.