Watches: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Las Vegas
By Thierry Ané on June 6, 2014
Hublot has some amazing boutiques around the world. There are so many that I have unfortunately not been able to visit them all, but all those I know share this special atmosphere that makes you want to spend time there, browsing the amazing collections. Some also stand out for a certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes them absolutely unforgettable.
I could mention the beautiful Miami boutique that manages to shine among the myriad of luxury shops at Bal Harbour, the impressive stand-alone boutique in Beverly Hills that overshadows those of watch brands from a competing group in the same street, or the lovely boutique in Chourchevel 1850 with more intimate atmosphere but full of charm under the snow. I could also quote those who benefit from an extraordinary location like the one in the Harrods Prestige Village at the heart of the Porto Cervo Marina, the waterside boutique at the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, the Paris boutique at the heart of the legendary “Place Vendôme” and the one in The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Despite this outstanding list of prime real estate locations, I can tell you without hesitation that my favourite Hublot boutique right now remains the one located in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” also known as Las Vegas. Paired with a multi-brand boutique in the Forum Shops at the iconic Caesars Palace, this Hublot embassy is surely not as stunning as the one previously quoted in terms of location, architecture, interior design or atmosphere. Its irresistible appeal lies elsewhere: in a nutshell, it is the Hublot flagship that has produced the most stunning boutique editions so far!
Granted, other boutiques have come up with great-looking special editions in the past. If I stick to my personal favourites, I could mention the Aero Bang Bal Harbour, some King Power Aero models like the Bal Harbour, Beverly Hills or London, and a beautiful Big Bang Ferrari Beverly Hills. But, to be fair, none of them is remotely as stunning as the two King Power timepieces released last year for the Las Vegas boutique.
Some of you may remember these splendid timepieces from my article last DecemberWatches: Hublot King Power Las Vegas. Equipped with a HUB 1240 Unico chronograph movement, they played on a monochrome metallic look: a titanium case or a titanium case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, a silver grey alligator strap and a rhodium-coloured skeletonized dial with a red “Vegas” indication between 11 and 12 o’clock and a single hour marker in Arabic numeral, the “7”, set with brilliant-cut rubies. Twenty one pieces of the titanium version and eleven pieces of the pavé model were available. These pieces were so successful they sold out before the Nyon-based manufacture was able to deliver a single piece!
Building on this commercial success, the Las Vegas boutique is now proud to introduce the equally magnificent Big Bang Ferrari Las Vegas in a limited run of 21 pieces. This great-looking watch plays on the same colour codes as last year’s King Power models. The case and bezel are both crafted in titanium to create an all-silver appearance, strengthened by the rhodium coloured HUB 1241 movement visible from the openwork dial. The Ferrari Prancing Horse and all the hour markers with the exception of the “7” are also rhodium-plated. As with last year’s King Power models, the lucky number has been set with brilliant-cut rubies. Together with the “Vegas” inscription on the top-left side, they bring a little touch of red on this otherwise monochromatic dial.
Like last year, Hublot produced a fantastic-looking strap to finalise the style of this watch. No silver grey alligator sewn onto black rubber this time though, but one amazing silver grey Schedoni leather with contrasting red stitches. The watch also comes with a red Schedoni strap with grey stitching as the quick-change system allows for an easy switch of the strap whenever you want your watch to look different. Again, the black rubber on the back of the strap also bears the inscription “High Roller” but unfortunately, this Big Bang Ferrari Las Vegas does not have the great “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” logo transfer on its sapphire back.
When some boutiques have opted for garish orange, purple or red to represent them, Hublot Las Vegas went for extremely elegant silver grey. With a lot of restraint and subtle touches of red, they managed to create one of the most amazing Big Bang Ferrari models to date and considering how beautiful they all are, this says a lot. I have no doubt these timepieces will sell as quickly as their King Power predecessors. And if you think that a Las Vegas-dedicated timepiece looks better with a touch of bling, there might be a Big Bang Ferrari Las Vegas with a diamond bezel available for you as well. Drop by at the boutique if you want to find out!
For a technical description of the timepiece and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Hublot Aero Bang Bal Harbour Black Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Beverly Hills Boutique Black Ceramic
Hublot King Power Aero Bal Harbour Black Ceramic
Hublot King Power Aero Beverly Hills Black Ceramic
Hublot King Power Aero London Carbon Fibre
Hublot King Power Unico Las Vegas Pavé Titanium
Hublot King Power Unico Las Vegas Titanium