Hublot released the first big-bang Ferrari watch, the product with the cooperation of the famous Italian car manufacturer in 2012. Since then, the brand has expanded Hublot Ferrari to collect annually, all models equipped with Hublot’s internal integration movement.
In early 2013, the brand released three new models headlined by the Hublot Big Bang “Red Magic Carbon.” Its Unico movement incorporates a flyback chronograph mechanism that uses two push-buttons and can be reset at any time. Unlike many other chronograph movements, it has a column wheel visible on the dial side, an hour counter driven directly by the barrel, and no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are made of ultra-light silicon and affixed to a removable platform. First released in 2009 (and, according to Hublot, continually adjusted ever since), the movement has 330 parts, a high frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours.
The case, which is also designed and manufactured in-house at Hublot’s facility in Nyon, Switzerland, is made of carbon fiber that has been constructed in a “multi-layer” process, which involves stacking up to 12 sheets of the material before pressing it into molds and then baking it in polymerization ovens. With this method, there is no bubbling, thus providing the finished product with better homogeneity and higher mechanical strength. Internal processing, through a group of experts in this production method, has recently joined Hublot’s internal watchmaking industry team, which is a special machine with five spindle waves.
The red-tinted sapphire crystal gets its hue from the addition of chemical components directly to the material during its development, which makes the color unalterable. The Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon” — as do both other models — comes with two straps, in black and red schedoni leather stitches onto black rubber; it is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, priced at $32,100.
The “King Gold Carbon” model is limited to 500 pieces (price: $43,600) and has a carbon fiber bezel with six H-shaped black-PVD titanium screws. Like the “Red Magic Carbon” model, its hands are coated with White Super-LumiNova. The crown and pushers, like the 45-mm case, are in Hublot’s proprietary “King Gold.”
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari ceramic (below) has a black ceramic case and border, the border has brush finished, rare in the case of ceramic watches, most of the polished finish. Its hand painted black Super-LumiNova. Like King Gold, titanium screws painted black PVD border; red magic in the polished titanium. This model is limited to 1,000 pieces, at $29,800.
During SIHH 2014, Hublot released the second wave of its Hublot Big Bang Ferrari line extensions, each also containing the Unico movement and featuring big 45-mm cases offering several different materials, and combinations of materials, as per Hublot’s “fusion” concept. Here are the three 2014 models:
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium Carbon is limited to 1,000 pieces; its price: $28,600.
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari King Gold is limited to 500 pieces; its price: $45,900.
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Carbon is limited to 1,000 pieces; its price: $29,800.
Ferrari’s latest Big Bang model, introduced in the year 2015 in Basel, is named for their Colors: Big Bang Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic and Ferrari Gray Ceramic. They have 45mm case in ceramic completely. Push-pieces chronometers, located at 2 and 4 o’clock, are finished by titanium and satin (gray model) or peripheral vascular disease treatment (black). Crown covered under the push-down with Titanium Titanium ran in the red paint the name of Ferrari.
Ferrari in 2015 the biggest feature of the Big Bang is its strap. Black rubber and leather Schedoni Modena, Italy, each belt has racing stripes along its center. The Black Ceramic has a blue-and-white stripe to contrast the red, and the Grey Ceramic has black-and-white to play off the gray with somewhat greater subtlety. (Hublot says that the colors are meant to evoke Ferrari’s classic red and the gray of the North American Racing Team.) The straps have a titanium deployant buckle, engraved with the Hublot name.
The dial is all the Ferrari touchstone we found. The car brand’s logo, Prancing Horse, appears at 9 o’clock. Across from it is the chronograph minutes counter window at 3, with a yellow-backed date aperture inside of it. (Through the openworked dial you can see the skeletonized date numerals in a rotating ring.) But the most prominent and novel feature of this Ferrari dial is the latticework that functions as a dial. This mesh echoes the grilles on Ferrari cars; it also lets you look through to the movement. Above the grille, the hands and indexes have Super-LumiNova coating and are either rhodium plated or coated in black for the gray and black models, respectively.
The most recent Ferrari used the Center in 1241 to integrate the sport. This caliber automatic return chronograph has a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement can also be made through a ceramic caseback, which includes a sapphire window.
The new Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watches will be produced in a limited edition of 250 pieces: prices range from $28,600 to $43,600. Gentlemen, start your engines.