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Hublot Yellow Ferrari

BIG BANG FERRARI CERAMIC CARBON 
Here we are! The new BIG BANG FERRARI 2014 watche
 
Another fantastic and successful second year of collaboration between Ferrari and Hublot came to an end. After the two first Big Bang Titanium and Big Bang Magic Gold launched in 2012 (the first ever scratch-resistant 18-carat gold invented by Hublot), the famous MP-05 LaFerrari which is a world record with 50 days of power reserve, and the three models 2013 (Big Bang Red Magic Carbon, Big Bang All Ceramic and Big Bang King Gold Carbon), here we are!  Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, is particularity proud to unveil three new pieces for 2014, which are already part of the Big Bang 45 mm family
 
The first is the aptly named Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Carbon with the mythic Ferrari Yellow
 
The UNICO movement is designed, developed, machined and assembled by the micro-mechanical engineers, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. A practical flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, and which is unique in the watchmaking industry, two push-buttons, with date indicator, and featuring a uniquely positioned mechanism with dual coupling and the famous "column wheel "visible on the dial side. Its development required a completely original approach and thinking outside the box: For example, the hour counter is driven directly by the barrel, and there is no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. This simplification boosts reliability and robustness. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and are made from silicium, whose lightness provides a guarantee of performance. Its construction, which incorporates just 330 components, has been simplified as much as possible in order to further increase robustness. This result is the fruit of continual adjustments made since 2009, the year it was launched, which have been carried out jointly by the technical office, the laboratory and the after-sales service in the manufacture. Its frequency of 4hz/28,800 vibrations per hour and its immaculate finish are also a guarantee of high chronometric quality. Finally, its automated production, which includes automation of the machining, stone fitting, oiling and numerous assembly operations also ensures consistent, controlled quality. Its power reserve is around 72 hours. 
The carbon fibre bezel for the Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Carbon is entirely designed, developed and manufactured by Hublot thanks to a team of specialists who joined the in-house team two years ago, and who understand all the production stages of its components perfectly. What sets it apart is the forging of all the carbon fibre components using the multi-layer principle: This involves the stacking of several sheets of carbon fibre (up to twelve for the thickest component), pressed into moulds and placed in polymerization ovens. The advantage of this principle: No bubbles, therefore providing the material with excellent homogeneity as well as higher mechanical strength. The in-house machining is done on specially adapted machines with five spindles. Each component of the case and the movement is subjected to continual checks throughout the manufacturing process. For example, the water resistance of each timepiece is inspected three times during its assembly. 
 

Technical specifications

BIG BANG FERRARI CERAMIC CARBON 
 
  • 401.CQ.0129.VR 
  • 1000-piece limited edition 
Case
  • Diameter 45.5 mm in black ceramic 
  • Bezel Carbon fibre 
  • 6 black PVD titanium 
  • Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating 
  • Bezel Lugs Black composite resin 
  • Lateral inserts Black composite resin with carbon insert at 9 o'clock 
  • Crown Satin-finished titanium or Satin-finished18K King Gold or Polished Black PVD Titanium 
  • Black rubber insert with Hublot logo and Red lacquered Ferrari logo on the stop 
  • Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment 
  • Water resistance 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres 
Dial
  • Sapphire with white Hublot logo transfer 
  • Satin-finished Yellow color appliques 
  • Hands satin-finished black-plated, Yellow Super Luminova™ (Ceramic carbon) 
  • Minute counter and black and yellow chronograph second 
Movement
  • HUB 1241 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot, automatic flyback chronograph 
  • Date Yellow window at 3 o'clock 
  • Power reserve Approximately 72 hours 
Strap
  • Black rubber, Black schedoni leather, and Yellow stitching 
  • Clasp Black PVD titanium deployant buckle  with carbon fibre 

Who's who

“I’d known Jean-Claude for 20 years. When he took over Hublot, I offered to open a dedicated store in Paris. He came to see the premises. We talked together for barely 45 minutes before reaching an agreement.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Hublot is built on mutual trust, spontaneity – and firm convictions about the projects with the greatest potential. As Lauren Adams would say, “there’s no point discussing what’s already been agreed.” It’s the perfect adage when it comes to the personalities of former Hublot CEO Hublot Jean-Claude Biver and Laurent Picciotto, the founder of Chronopassion. Rather than simply being the story of a brand and its products, Hublot and Chronopassion is above all a story with a strongly personal touch. When Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch with a gold case and a rubber strap in 1980, it was the first time in the history of watchmaking that a precious material, gold, had been used alongside rubber. In the mid-1990s, rubber became prized by many leading watchmaking brands, demonstrating that Hublot’s decision had been the right one. For the brand, rubber was anything but a fad – rather, it embodied its philosophy and became its hallmark. Having headed up Hublot for fifteen years, Carlo Crocco became increasingly busy with work for his MDM Foundation, so he set out to find the right person to take the helm of the watchmaking firm. That was when he met Jean-Claude Biver, who had just left Blancpain. Biver put Hublot back on the road to recovery, becoming head of the company from May 2004 through to 2012. “Our paths crossed in 2006,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “Jean-Claude had already brought the brand right up to date, with lines like Big Bang, Classic Fusion and King Power. This was the beginning of the rebirth of Hublot. He drew plans, diagrams, rebuses and roadmaps for me. When he stepped down from his position as CEO in 2012, I realised that he had had his entire roadmap in mind right from the word go. Not only that, but that he had completed it – ahead of time.” The takeover of BNB Concept proved to be a key turning-point for the brand. The company had been subcontracting for Hublot since 2004, dealing with complication watches, particularly tourbillons. At a time when BNB was struggling financially, Hublot offered to buy out the firm. The brand thereby became a “manufacture”, enabling it to supply haute horlogerie models, notably a large number of tourbillons and Minute Repeaters, as well as more atypical pieces such as the Key of Time. Together, Laurent Picciotto and Jean-Claude Biver forged a partnership rather than a commercial relationship. The two men created a number of custom series and set about laying the foundations of what was to become Hublotista, the community of Hublot owners. At the end of the day, they are still motivated by passion – and guided above all by instinct.
 
Journalist : Olivier Müller
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