Flash News: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Racing Models
By Thierry Ané on February 20, 2015
Can you believe that it has already been three years since Hublot and Ferrari announced their partnership?
What is even more unbelievable is how creative this collaboration has been since the very first Big Bang Ferrari Titanium presented in 2012! If we set aside the early Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari and Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skeleton Ferrari 250 GTO that in my opinion have nothing to do with the racing spirit of Ferrari, the Nyon-based Manufacture has successfully created an entire line faithfully conveying the spirit of the legendary Italian luxury sports car manufacturer while retaining the Fine Watchmaking legitimacy that previous brands failed to preserve with their “Ferrari creations”.
Right from the beginning, Hublot understood that the recipe for success was more complex than simply featuring the iconic Prancing Horse on existing models and came up with a brand new case to honour their prestigious partner. Thanks to their extremely gifted design team, though, they still manage to express the filiation with the iconic “Big Bang” so that nobody can lose track of the fact that it was very much a Hublot watch.
Extremely cleverly, they also decided to equip these “Big Bang Ferrari” with their in-house Unico movement thus managing to provide the Fine Watchmaking association that was missing in previous Ferrari’s partnerships. And last but definitely not least, Hublot has worked very hard these past three years to create a wide range of “Big Bang Ferrari” models deeply rooted in the Ferrari history and showcasing the same innovative spirit through the use of high-tech and revolutionary materials.
To name but a few, we have to mention here the Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold unveiled in 2012 with its entire case crafted in Hublot’s patented 18-karat gold alloy completely scratch-resistant thanks to its ceramic component. Then, in addition to the usual suspects, namely black ceramic and carbon fibre respectively used for the Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic and the Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic in 2013, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer also brought the less common white ceramic with the Big Bang Ferrari Carbon White Ceramic in 2014 and the decidedly innovative red ceramic for the bezel of the 2013 Big Bang Ferrari Hong Kong Edition.
With the amazing “Masterpiece MP-05” in tribute to the “LaFerrari” supercar, Hublot also took Ferrari watches for a walk on the Haute Horlogerie side! Presented in black PVD titanium and red gold accents in 2013, this extraordinary model with a suspended vertical tourbillon, time and power reserve indicated by anodised aluminium cylinders proudly boasts a world record power reserve of 50 days thanks to 11 series-coupled barrels. We saw it again last year in a titanium rendition with yellow accents, another classical Ferrari colour…
For Baselworld 2015, Hublot wanted to acknowledge the importance of this Ferrari partnership and how committed they are to keep up the excellent work and spoil watch and car collectors alike with stunning collectible timepieces. Being also the Official Sponsor of the Scuderia Ferrari, the brand was inspired this time by the racing side of the Maranello-based automotive company. Two new watches, each limited to 250 pieces, will therefore be officially presented during the forthcoming Baselworld exhibition: the Big Bang Ferrari Racing Black Ceramic and the Big Bang Ferrari Racing Grey Ceramic.
Two elements make them stand out from the rest of the “Big Bang Ferrari” collection. First of all, they are both mounted on a striped Schedoni leather strap sewn onto black rubber for an extremely racing-oriented look. Red with blue and white stripes on the Big Bang Ferrari Racing Black Ceramic, it becomes grey with black and white stripes on the Big Bang Ferrari Racing Grey Ceramic. In both cases it is secured by an extremely comfortable black PVD titanium buckle with a nice ceramic insert.
The other huge departure from previous “Big Bang Ferrari” models is the absence of the sapphire dial so characteristic of the Hublot timepieces housing a Unico movement. Don’t worry, though, the beauty of the chronograph’s column-wheel and the other parts of this fine mechanic can still be admired from the dial side. This time around, though, through a stunning blackened criss-cross mesh inspired by the Ferrari grilles. The rhodium-plated Ferrari Prancing Horse remains proudly at the 9 o’clock position.
There is actually another new feature for one of the two models as you have already probably guessed by its name: the case and bezel of the Big Bang Ferrari Racing Grey Ceramic are indeed grey, adding a new colour to the brand’s ceramic palette. I must say that I really look forward to discovering this watch in Basel but I am honestly already won over! I love the colour and I sincerely hope the brand will use this new hue of ceramic on many more amazing watches.
More to the point of my article, both the Big Bang Ferrari Racing Black Ceramic and Big Bang Ferrari Racing Grey Ceramic are stunning watches just like the rest of this brand’s collection and they will sell out so fast that your only chance to secure one is probably to jump in your Ferrari and race to the nearest Hublot boutique to book one!
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.
For a technical description of the timepieces and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Hublot Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari Carbon Fibre
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Carbon White Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Hong Kong Edition Black Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon Fibre
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium
Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Black Ceramic
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skeleton Ferrari 250 GTO Titanium
Hublot King Power Unico All Black Black Ceramic
Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari Black PVD Titanium
Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari Titanium