Prototyping

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"Ensuring sure that a Hublot timepiece performs flawlessly before it is ever serially produced."
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The long road to creating a Hublot masterpiece

From an idea to a tangible piece of mechanical art, the creation of a new Hublot timepiece requires a tremendous amount of research, development and prototyping before it can become a reality.

In the world of watchmaking where precision often calls for tolerances to the closest micron, prototyping is a crucial step in product development. Whether it’s a new movement or an entirely new watch with a never-before-seen case design and construction, prototyping is the opportunity to perfect the product and fine-tune its manufacturing methods.

Ideally situated right besides the Research & Development department’s main office, the Prototype workshop serve as an intermediary between the R&D department and the production teams; taking the former’s concepts and blueprints and rendering them into functioning parts, then working with the production team to layout movement and case assembly plans as well as the methodology required to manufacture the involved parts.

Once a watch’s case or movement is designed in 3D programs with each and every component accounted for, the initial crude testing parts are manufactured and ready to be assembled and tested by the prototype watchmakers. Along the way, they look for improvements to be made to the functioning aspect of the design as well as solving any manufacturing or assembly hurdles.

Because 3D designs are made in a virtually perfect environment, unforeseen changed can arise in the way a working example behaves. Whether It’s atmospheric conditions such as temperature, pressure or humidity, or issues encountered after prolonged running in real-life simulations as case or movement would go through on a wearer’s wrist, the Prototype department is there to ensure sure that a Hublot timepiece performs flawlessly before it is ever serially produced.

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