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Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari

BIG BANG FERRARI CARBON TITANIUM
A new fusion of materials for an exclusive composite
By combining two components which cannot be mixed – carbon and metal – Hublot is launching an exclusive bezel with a heterogeneous look. This is the first time a watch has featured this original composite with its innovative style. Following on from Magic Gold – Hublot's scratch-resistant 18K gold watch – the Ferrari collection is now benefitting from the best solutions from Hublot's R&D department. The two brands share the same vision in terms of their constant pursuit of performance, innovation and precursor materials.
The Big Bang Ferrari Carbon is the embodiment of exclusivity and sporting prowess, offering a fusion of high-quality and high-tech materials. It took the R&D department six months to structure the layers of materials which form the bi-material bezel and to obtain a regular incrustation of the metal in the carbon. The result is a carbon bezel incrusted with  titanium, which reinforces the high-tech spirit of the Big Bang model. The properties of the composite's materials complement each other in a fusion which marries beauty and innovation.
The case – made from titanium features a special finish: a brilliant, micro-blasted coating for extra hardness and a silky metallic-effect appearance. The case middle incorporates elongated push-buttons, fixed to a rotating staff like the controls on a car. The dial features an appliqué of the iconic prancing horse at 9 o'clock, while the minute counter and date window appear at 3 o'clock in the colours of the Ferrari shield.
The Big Bang Ferrari Carbon is fitted with a Unico manufacture movement, available for the first time in an All Black version. Its black PVD-coated main plate, bridges and oscillating weight are visible through the dial and sapphire back.
Each timepiece is paired with a "One click" leather strap, sewn onto grey rubber, featuring the signature stitching on Ferrari's upholstery. The titanium version with a black strap is available as a 1000-piece limited edition
In 2015, Hublot continues to write its future through innovation.

Technical specifications

BIG BANG FERRARI CARBON TITANIUM
References 401.NJ.0123.VR – 1000-piece limited edition (Titanium)
Case 45 mm diameter in 18K King Gold or Titanium
Bezel Carbon and Titanium (Titanium)
6 H-shaped screws, countersunk, polished and locked, in black PVD-coated
titanium
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel lugs Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin and carbon inserts on the case middle
Crown  Polished titanium, overmoulded black rubber (Titanium)
Push-pieces Push-piece at 2 o'clock:
Polished black PVD titanium, black rubber insert
Push-piece at 4 o'clock:
Satin-finished titanium, engraved Ferrari logo filled with red lacquer
Case-back King : Titanium
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment.
Water resistance 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres
Dial Sapphire with white Hublot logo transfer
Ferrari prancing horse appliqué, 5N gold-plated (King Gold) or polished
rhodium-plated (Titanium)
Satin-finished indices,  rhodium-plated (Titanium)
Hands Hour and minute hands, satin-finished, rhodium-plated, black Super Luminova™
Counter hand with Ferrari red varnished finish
Chronograph hand, satin-finished, rhodium-plated, Ferrari red varnished
point, Black Super Luminova™ (Titanium)
Hour and minute hands, satin-finished, gold-plated, black Super Luminova™
Counter hand with Ferrari red varnished finish
Chronograph hand, satin-finished, gold-plated, Ferrari red varnished tip,
Movement HUB 1241 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by
Hublot, automatic flyback chronograph
Date Yellow window at 3 o'clock
Oscillating weight Satin-finished and micro-blasted black coating, imitating the shape of a wheel rim
Power reserve Approximately 72 hours
Strap Black rubber, Schedoni leather grey with red stitching (Titanium)
Clasp Deployant buckle with carbon inserts in black PVD Titanium
 
UNICO movement
Designed, developed, machined and assembled by the micro-mechanics, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. Flyback
chronograph (can be reset at any time – unique in the watchmaking industry), two push-buttons, with date indicator,
mechanism with dual coupling and "column wheel" visible on the dial side. The hour counter is driven directly by the
barrel and there is no jumper in the chronograph mechanism: this boosts reliability and robustness. Its pallet fork and
escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and made from silicon, whose lightness provides a guarantee of
performance. 330 components. Frequency 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h), 72-hour power reserve.

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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