The King Power series is one of the newest additions to the Hublot collection. The main particularity of this line is the extremely large dial which measures 48 mm, but it’s flawlessly designed so it ends up looking more masculine than oversized. Distinctively, the King Power Foudroyante in Zirconium has functions of hours, minutes, seconds, plus self-winding split-seconds foudroyante chronograph. It was manufactured in a limited series of 500-pieces and this makes it a priceless asset for any true watch collector.
The Hublot King Power Foudroyante is a big, silver and black, extremely masculine watch. The case diameter is 48mm, and when measured across the crown and lugs it goes a little bit over 50mm. That’s pretty big for any type of sports watch. After taking a closer look and wearing it for some time to see how it actually feels on my wrist, I started loving it. I was very surprised to discover that, even though it’s an oversized watch, it doesn’t feel big or heavy. It is constructed of lightweight materials, so its solid appearance is actually very deceiving as it isn’t heavy at all. These very light materials make the watch seem bulky, solid, but without actually making its wearer endure an exaggerated weight. Hublot has carefully selected each part of this watch as to not let its size interfere with its purpose: the one of a time telling device.
The bezel is secured with the famous H-shaped screws, a very distinctive Hublot authenticity mark. You may notice that these H-shaped screws don’t exactly line up with each other. Hublot claims that this is purposely done to respect the authenticity of the brand. Any well-made watch needs to have the screws tightened firmly to secure all the parts in place, not just so that everything lines up perfectly together. On the original watch, the back is made of a sapphire non-reflective crystal with a second set of polished H-screws securing the back to the case. On this replica the back is made out of stainless steel. The markings all around the back are identical to the genuine ones, but, sadly, the use of a stainless steel back is a dead giveaway.
This very famous King Power model features two small dials, one at 9 o’clock and one at 3 o’clock with very visible white markers. The dial itself is made from a form of black carbon fiber and has a pretty edgy and outgoing appearance. The hours are indexed by big metallic markers, the same color and material as the hands; while all around the inside of the dial we have a black ring with grayish minute markings. The white and grayish markers are actually supposed to be luminescent and allow us to tell the time even in the dark. The original watch has approximately 42 hours of power reserve, but my replica provides only a 24-36 hours reserve.
The black rubber strap with deployment buckle has a unique look and feel. It is designed to increase considerably the masculine aura of this watch. It is quite thick and smooth on the inside offering extra comfort for the wrist; while distinctively textured with deeply tank-tread designs on the outside. The Hublot-shaped clasp brings an extra usability to the King Power Foudroyante.To open the clasp; you just press two side buttons, and snap it shut when putting it on.
The winding crown is easy to pull out when you need to adjust the date or set the hands. The buttons have non-slip rubber top over the stainless steel to help set the small dials as smoothly as possible. This extra layer of rubber over the buttons seems to be quite resistant to regular wear and use and it doesn’t sacrifice its usability.
The Hublot King Power comes equipped with a high grade automatic mechanism, and so far it seems to be an accurate and reliable timepiece. I have used it for a couple of weeks now and I didn’t notice any deviations in its time keeping capabilities. As a final note, the materials used on this watch seem to be extremely resistant, providing a noticeable resistance when worn daily.
Overall, the watch is a very decent replica of the original Hublot King Power Foudroyante. It has enough features and technical sophistication to spark the interest of most watch enthusiasts. Its strong, unique, masculine design is extraordinary if you are into modern sports timepieces; or hideous if you like small and subtle watches. But the main benefit is that, even though it replicates one of the most exclusivist design on the planet, its quality classifies it as a mirror image of the real thing. If you’re willing to overlook a few legitimate flaws, it could be an excellent addition to your collection.
Last modified: July 4, 2013