Pitch Black: The Hublot Black Magic
Hublot's Black Magic watches are defined by their black ceramic cases, black bands, and black dials. These timepieces appear in each of the brand's collections. Top models boast a tourbillon, moon phase display, or perpetual calendar.
A Black Porthole Design
Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Hublot is famous for watches with a porthole design, wide bezels, and prominent decorative screws. The Black Magic is no exception. However, there is one key difference between this timepiece and its sister models: Its case is made of solid black ceramic. This is paired with a black dial and band. The only contrast comes from the silver-colored hands, indices, H-shaped bezel screws, and crown.
You can find Black Magic models in nearly every Hublot collection, from the Classic Fusion and Big Bang to the barrel-shaped Spirit of Big Bang and the Big Bang King diving watch. There's something for every taste, including timepieces with different complications, such as a chronograph, moon phase display, perpetual calendar, ortourbillon.
Most Black Magic watches get their power from mechanical movements, including some with in-house calibers like the Meca-10 with a 10-day power reserve or the Unico with a modular construction. Quartz-powered models are a rarity and exclusive to the 33-mm women's watches in the Classic Fusion Black Magic series.
Important Features of Black Magic Watches
- Black ceramic cases and bezels
- Black rubber strap
- Black dials with silver hands and indices
- Top models with a tourbillon, moon phase, or perpetual calendar
- Black Magic models availabe in every Hublot collection
Prices at a Glance: Hublot Black Magic
|Model/Reference number||Price (approx.)||Features|
|Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar, 406.CI.0170.RX||54,500 USD||Perpetual calendar, chronograph, moon phase|
|Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10, 614.CI.1170.RX||23,000 USD||10-day power reserve|
|Spirit of Big Bang Chronograph, 601.CI.0173.RX||22,000 USD||Chronograph|
|Big Bang Unico Chronograph, 411.CI.1170.RX||16,000 USD||Chronograph|
|Aerofusion Chronograph, 528.CM.0170.CM||17,000 USD||Chronograph|
|Aerofusion Moonphase, 547.CX.0170.LR||15,000 USD||Moon phase, complete calendar|
|Classic Fusion, 581.CM.1171.RX||5,800 USD||Date|
Detailed Price Information: Big Bang Black Magic
The Big Bang is Hublot's flagship model. This imposing watch first appeared in 2005. Today, the collection includes multiple sub-series, each of which contains a Black Magic model. In terms of price, the Big Bang King serves as the entry point into the world of black Hublot watches. This diving watch is water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) and costs about 11,500 USD new. You'll need another 1,900 USD to purchase a Big Bang 44 Black Magic powered by the HUB4100 chronograph movement. This caliber is based on the famous Valjoux 7753.
If having an in-house caliber is important to you, you should take a closer look at the watches in the Unico and Meca lines. The latter group uses the manually-wound caliber HUB1201, which provides the Meca with its 10-day power reserve. Thanks to a sapphire crystal dial, you can view this stunning skeletonized movement at work. Many of the movement's components are black to match the rest of the watch, including the discs on the power reserve display. Dark red markers on the minute track add a subtle splash of color. Be sure to have around 19,000 USD on hand to purchase a Big Bang Meca-10 Black Magic.
Unico models feature in-house calibers with a modular construction, which enables the manufacturer to outfit them with a wide range of complications. For example, Hublot offers the Unico 45 with a flyback chronograph as a Black Magic model. This timepiece also offers a view of its movement through its intricately skeletonized dial. You can call this watch your own for about 16,000 USD.
The Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar Black Magic combines several complications. In addition to its namesake perpetual calendar, this timepiece boasts a chronograph and a moon phase display. However, all that functionality comes at a price; this watch changes hands for roughly 54,500 USD.
The Black Classic Fusion
The Classic Fusion is a more conservative timepiece than the Big Bang, and its Black Magic editions are especially refined. They are available in four sizes – 33, 38, 42, and 45 mm – making the Classic Fusion Black Magic a fantastic option for both men and women. With the exception of the smallest models, each of these watches uses an automatic caliber based on the Sellita SW300-1. The 33-mm edition houses the quartz HUB2912 movement. A rubber strap or ceramic bracelet holds the watch securely on the wrist.
Prices for a Classic Fusion Black Magic on a rubber strap vary by size and range from 5,800 to 8,300 USD. The same watch on a black ceramic bracelet costs between 7,200 and 11,000 USD. Versions with a diamond-studded bezel require an investment of around 12,000 USD.
with a small seconds at 3 o'clock and a chronograph minute counter at 9. A date display at 6 o'clock gives the dial a balanced look. You can purchase the Classic Fusion Chronograph Black Magic for about 9,600 USD.
The Aerofusion also belongs to the Classic Fusion family. Its dial is skeletonized, and the visible graphite gray and black movement components suit the larger Black Magic line. The 45-mm Aerofusion with a chronograph function demands roughly 13,500 USD on a rubber strap and 16,500 USD on a ceramic bracelet. Another option is the Aerofusion Moonphase Black Magic. This 42-mm timepiece has a moon phase display and a complete calendar and sells for around 15,000 USD.
As its complicated name suggests, the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Orlinski Black Magic is one of the Classic Fusion collection's most impressive timepieces. Hublot teamed up with French artist Richard Orlinski to design this watch. Orlinski came up with its faceted case, which perfectly frames the skeletonized in-house caliber HUB6021. This movement features a tourbillon at 6 o'clock and has a power reserve of five days when fully wound. The price tag for this futuristic watch comes in at about 86,500 USD.
King Power Black Magic With a Foudroyante
With a 48-mm case, the King Power is one of Hublot's largest men's watches. The Black Magic version of the King Power comes with a rather rare complication: It has a subdial at 9 o'clock with a hand that makes a complete rotation every second. Known as a "seconde foudroyante," or jumping second, this complication makes it possible to measure times to an eighth of a second.
The caliber HUB4144 also provides the timepiece with its split-seconds chronograph, which can be used to time intervals. Plan to spend around 19,000 USD on a King Power Black Magic Foudroyrante.
You'll find the King Power Unico Black Magic on Chrono24 for similar prices. While it lacks a "seconde foudroyante," it does boast proprietary Hublot technology with the chronograph caliber HUB1242.
Spirit of Big Bang: A Black Barrel-Shaped Watch
The Spirit of Big Bang catches the eye with its barrel-shaped case. Hublot has been producing this watch since 2014, and it is now a comprehensive collection. The manufacturer also offers it in several Black Magic editions. The Spirit of Big Bang Chronograph Black Magic, for example, features a skeletonized dial and a chronograph movement based on the famous Zenith El Primero caliber. These timepieces sell for around 21,000 USD.
Other Spirit of Big Bang Black Magic models include the Black Magic Diamonds and the Meca-10 Black Magic with an in-house caliber and a 10-day power reserve. With a 38-mm case and diamond-studded bezel, the former has a more feminine design. Be sure to have around 18,000 USD on hand for the Diamonds model and 22,000 USD for the Meca-10.
Even Darker: The All Black
Alongside Black Magic watches, Hublot also offers "All Black" models. These timepieces take the sleek, monotone look to the next level and feature black indices and hands in addition to their black cases, bands, and dials.
All Black models can be found throughout the Hublot catalog. Their prices range from 6,200 USD for a quartz-powered Classic Fusion to over 245,000 USD for a solid black version of the MP-05 LaFerrari.