23 Jan 2012

Hublot King Power Unico watch 701.OX.0180.RX.1104 Review

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Review By: Amy Moolten

Although I am a sucker for nouveau bling, the Hublot King Power Unico watch 701.OX.0180.RX.1104)overdoes it. While the price holds up on quality and materials: including the Hublot name, quality inner workings, and a double-ring of authentic diamonds atop an 18k rose gold bezel, I simply cannot imagine holding hands with my hubby with this gaudy contraption upon his wrist. Personally, I would never pay the retail price of $51,600 for this watch or any other. I would prefer to drive a 330CI beamer debt-free! However, were I to splurge so extravagantly, I would be far more likely to bet on a mid-range Cartier which displays excessive diamonds tastefully and offers warm palettes that compensate for obvious extravagance, opening the gates for modest and blingy high-end dressers alike to make a purchase in good conscience. All in all, while this watch is a high quality choice, aesthetically speaking, you can do much better.

Hublot King Power Unico 701.OX.0180.RX.1104 features include:

  • Chronograph Automatic Movement
  • Crystal Sapphire, Scratch Resistance
  • 18K Rose Gold and Skeleton Case
  • 18K Rose Gold & Diamonds Bezel
  • Sports style: Deployment Buckle and Rubber Strap
  • Water Resistance to  100 meters (330 feet)
  • 24 Months Warranty
  • High Quality Swiss Construction

As you can see, the Hublot King Power Unico watch (701.OX.0180.RX.1104) includes fairly standard features for a watch within this price range. As you would expect, all of the external components and inner workings are made from high quality materials and as a middle-of-the-road ocean diver, you may be impressed with the water-resistance support to 330 ft which is uncharacteristic of many high-end watches in this price range. On the other hand, the contrast between a rubber strap and blingy diamond bezel rubs my taste buds the wrong way and leaves me wishing to clear my palette with sorbet.

In spite of the materials, I find this watch aesthetically uptight and overdone. Thus, this is a purchase I would pass on. While I would not consider it a rip-off from a fiscal investment standpoint, I think of a high-end watch as a long-term fashion statement, not just a long-term investment. Therefore, I would say no go on this baby. Before opening your wallet to dole out 50k, at least take a look at some comparables from Cartier! While I am a high-end cheapskate when it comes to watches (hovering in my purchases among the three to four figure ranges: generally in the Gucci family), as a zealot for fashion research, I can affirm with the utmost confidence that you can make a more appealing purchase within this price range. Ladies, if you do the shopping for your man, show him that you love him: Don’t be fooled by the name; Look beyond the King Power Unico 701.OX.0180.RX.1104 to something classier for your distinctive, debonair, high-end honey!

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