Watches: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari UK
By Thierry Ané on November 30, 2013
At the end of December 2012, the partnership between Hublot and Formula One ended after almost three years of fruitful collaboration. Off the top of my head, I can count 15 King Power F1 watches introduced in this 33-month period. This is almost one new King Power timepiece every other month! One could have thought that Hublot’s creativity would suffer from the loss of this important source of inspiration. They didn’t mourn the end of their reign as Formula One Official Timekeeper for very long though: the minute it ended, they became Official Timekeeper of Ferrari! And obviously, Hublot’s designers used their overflowing creativity to honour the brand with the legendary Prancing Horse.
Hublot is unveiling new Big Bang Ferrari watches at the speed of light: the first model with this case was unveiled in March 2012 and since then I have counted 15 Big Bang Ferrari watches (including the model discussed in this article). This month it is Great Britain’s turn to be honoured with its very own Big Bang Ferrari model.
What I have always liked with Hublot since the very first Bing Bang models, is that if you change the colours of the dial and rubber strap or the material of the bezel and case, you end up with a completely different watch. This is why it is so easy for the brand to create limited editions that are truly original and, this is also why you will find so many people collecting Hublot watches. Although I have many Bing Bang and King Power models in my collection, I am still willing to buy new versions because I really find them all aesthetically unique. For the sake of comparison, things are totally different with Panerai watches: the dozen I have, look pretty much the same to the untrained eye, but this is perhaps what true Paneristi are looking for in their Luminor or Radiomir watches?
Stricto sensu, there is nothing really new with the Big Bang Ferrari UK. The titanium case was first used with the Big Bang Ferrari Titanium. The Bing Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic featured the black bezel with the red aluminium ring. The black Schedoni leather with red stitches can be found, for instance, on the Bing Bang Ferrari Hong Kong. The second strap delivered with the watch is made of the same white Schedoni leather as the Big Bang Ferrari California 30 Giappone although it is now sewn on black rubber instead of white rubber. Other characteristics of the watch were present in previous models but in a different colour palette. Indeed the red-coloured flange of the UK model was simply navy blue on the Big Bang Ferrari Beverly Hills. The bright red of the Arabic numerals replace the vivid green found on the Big Bang Ferrari Mexico. Lastly, some elements are common to the entire collection. One can mention the strap quick-change system, the sapphire dial with the rhodium-coloured Prancing Horse and of course the in-house HUB 1241 Unico chronograph calibre that powers all the Bing Bang Ferrari models.
Despite all these similarities with its siblings, the particular combination (should I say fusion?) of these elements (case, bezel, numerals, strap…) makes the Bing Bang Ferrari UK watch as unique and collectible as its predecessors. This is the magic of Hublot at work… or should I say: the magic of Jean-Claude Biver at work?