Watches: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 305 Miami
By Thierry Ané on December 2, 2014
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere and prepare for the summer solstice just before Christmas, you are probably not in the same dire need of bright colours as I am, enduring the permanent greyness and freezing cold that comes with the arrival of winter in London and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. For us, more than ever, any element that reminds us of the shining sun, white beaches and pristine blue waters is a welcome ray of joy! This breath of holiday is exactly what Hublot brings with the two new “Big Bang Ferrari 305” designed exclusively for Miami’s Bal Harbour boutique.
I have said this many times already but this Florida embassy located in the most refined shopping complex of the area is by far my favourite Hublot shopping destination. Together with the Las Vegas boutique, they always introduce to-die-for limited editions but, in addition, the Bal Harbour flagship also manages to offer the finest selection of Hublot timepieces including hard-to-find limited series from pretty much everywhere! If you factor in the gorgeous location, you get the ultimate Hublot experience…
Last year, this busy boutique focused on the ladies with the jet-set “Big Bang Caviar Lady 305 Topazes” in red gold or steel that I reviewed hereWatches: Hublot Big Bang Caviar Lady 305 Collection. This year, however, the attention is back to us with two interpretations of Hublot’s current it-model, the “Big Bang Ferrari”, executed in the same colour palette as the King Power Aero Miami 305 they unveiled in 2012, but this time with a choice of titanium or King Gold.
Both models wonderfully epitomise the life in South Beach with this combination of white just like the sand on the beach and vivid blue just like the sky and the ocean. The King Gold version also adds this warmth of red gold to symbolise the sun! If the combination appears formulaic to you, rest assured that the way these colours are laid out makes it anything but.
White is used with a lot of restraint in order not to create a flashy model. It is cleverly placed on the case band and under-bezel composite featuring the famous lugs. It is then picked up as rubber components on the crown and upper chronograph push-piece or as the colour of choice for the rubber backing of the strap.
Blue, a more conventional alternative to black or brown for men’s watches, remains the major colour touch of this splendid model. It is used for the gorgeous Schedoni leather strap in combination with white stitches to enhance the racing origins of the watch. It is also the colour of the dial’s flange featuring the minutes track. Lastly, blue Super-LumiNova fills the semi-skeletonized hands that sweep across the openwork sapphire dial with gorgeous Arabic numeral and hour marker appliqués in polished rhodium or gold depending on the version.
Hublot’s patented “King Gold” brings the final colour touch through the bezel as well as the upper and lower case parts on the Big Bang Ferrari 305 King Gold and is replaced by a refined and perhaps more discreet satin-finished titanium on the Big Bang Ferrari 305 Titanium. Lastly, the see-through sapphire placed on the back of the watch boasts a beautiful “Ferrari” logo transfer surrounded by the colours of Miami's flag to make the watch truly special. Both models are powered by the brand’s HUB 1241 Unico calibre with flyback chronograph. This self-winding movement is developed and manufactured entirely in-house and offers 72 hours of power reserve.
The only thing missing is maybe a fully-set version of the King Gold model just like the King Power Aero Miami 305 Pavé they created in 2012 for the bling lovers! Nonetheless, the Big Bang Ferrari 305 Titanium and Big Bang Ferrari 305 King Gold are more than enough to make you want to plan a trip to Miami. All the more so that with only 50 and 25 pieces produced respectively, these two new “Big Bang Ferrari 305” are as exclusive as they are great-looking…
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.