Photo Report: Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari Titanium (live pictures)
By Thierry Ané on June 14, 2014
During the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, Ferrari unveiled its latest flagship supercar simply named LaFerrari. A little later that year, Hublot revealed the MP-05 LaFerrari, a jaw-dropping timepiece that has been designed, developed and produced in parallel with the car and that represents a vibrant homage to the Maranello-based luxury car manufacturer as well as a tribute to Haute Horlogerie.
Under the hood of this atypical timepiece designed to remind the outline of the supercar beats the in-house HUB 9005 calibre, an amazing movement with a vertical tourbillon and an incredible 50-day power reserve thanks to no less than 11 barrels. Needless to say, this represents a world record for a hand-wound timepiece with a tourbillon escapement.
The entire movement is constructed like an engine block with the vertical tourbillon at its front and the row of 11 barrels in the middle. Black cylinders with red and white SuperLuminova markings are placed on either side of the barrels. Those located to the left indicate the amount of power reserve remaining while those to the right are used to tell the time. Attached to the tourbillon and placed just beneath the name of the brand at the end of the row of barrels is a continuously rotating disc indicating the seconds.
Limited to 50 units last year in black PVD titanium with red accents, this extraordinary timepiece is back this year in another run of 50 pieces in MP-05 micro-blasted titanium enhanced by another well-known Ferrari colour: yellow. Apart from this change of case finish and the use of yellow instead of red, the MP-05 LaFerrari Titanium is similar to the MP-05 LaFerrari Black PVD Titanium up to the carbon inserts (though with a yellow tint as well), the black rubber strap and the black PVD titanium folding buckle.
The 2013 and 2014 editions of the MP-05 LaFerrari
Although yellow is not a colour I fancy, I have a penchant for the titanium version that I somehow find more technical-looking, a little less toy-like. Pricewise, don’t expect the absence of PVD treatment on the titanium case to make the price drop dramatically: if you want one of these 50 timepieces you will have to part with a sum in the vicinity of CHF 300,000.
Since we saw the new version during our visit to the Hublot stand at Baselworld, I thought you would be glad to see some live pictures of this exceptional model.