There is no doubt that the King Power series is one of the newest additions to the Swiss Hublot replica collection. The main particularity of this line is the hugely large dial which measures 48 mm, however it’s perfectly 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.
And the Hublot King Power Foudroyante is a big, silver and black, incredibly masculine watch. The case diameter is 48mm, and when measured across the crown and lugs it goes a little bit over 50mm. That’s properly big for any type of sports watch. After taking a closer look and wearing it for some time to see how it really feels on my wrist, I started loving it. I was greatly surprised to discover that, although it’s an oversized watch, it doesn’t feel big or heavy. It is constructed of lightweight materials, hence its solid appearance is actually highly deceiving as it isn’t heavy at all. These incredibly light materials make the watch seem bulky, solid, whereas without truly 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.
At that,the bezel is secured with the famous H-shaped screws, a greatly distinctive Hublot authenticity mark. You may notice that these H-shaped screws don’t precisely 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 extremely 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 fairly 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 really supposed to be luminescent and allow us to tell the time even in the dark. The original watch has roughly 42 hours of power reserve, but my replica provides only a 24-36 hours reserve.
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 highly resistant, providing a noticeable resistance when worn daily.
All in all, the watch is a greatly 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.