hublot - Big Bang Ferrari
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - Big Bang Ferrari

Big Bang Ferrari

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HUBLOT Presents The Limited Edition Big Bang Ferrari

The Big Bang Ferrari  Limited Edition (45.5 mm in diameter) houses a titanium & black ceramic case with a cylindrical bezel that dramatically showcases the in-house flyback chronograph UNICO movement (can be reset at any time) visible through the sapphire dial.

 

The UNICO movement can be compared to the best possible engine to power a racing car, and that it was selected, then designed and developed by Hublot to power the Big Bang Ferrari. With no fewer than 330 components, the column wheel and dual horizontal coupling appear on the dial. Frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. 72 hours of power reserve.

 

An indexed crown (with Hublot’s ‘H’ logo automatically positioning itself to remain in line) features elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car whilst carbon inserts give the case distinctive look. Each timepiece will come with two interchangeable straps, in black or white Schedoni leather stitched onto black rubber, with an innovative quick-change system inspired by the safety seatbelt mechanism. The red stitching is a nod to the signature upholstery craftsmanship typical of Ferrari.

 

The absence of superfluous accessories brings out the fusional and rational aspects of the Big Bang Ferrari  unique design, a pure expression of Hublot value of The Art of Fusion with innovative spirit from Ferrari.

 

Technical specifications

Technical Specifications :

Diameter :                 45 mm

Thickness :                 16.70 mm

Water Resistant :                 10 ATM (100m)

Case :Satin-finished titanium

Bezel :Satin-finished and polished black ceramic

Bezel Lug : Black composite resin

Lower Bezel:Red anodized aluminium

Screws « H » : Black PVD titanium, polished

Glass : Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment

Crown : Satin-finished titanium with black rubber insert

Pushers :Satin-finished titanium with black rubber insert at 2.00 and red lacquered Ferrari logo on at 4.00

Lateral inserts : Black composite resin and carbon fiber

Case back : Polished and microblasted black ceramic,

engraved « Limited Edition 100NUM »

Case back Glass : Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment

Dial :Sapphire

Ferrari applique rhodium plated at 9.00

Hands :Satin-finished rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with white luminescent

Red chronograph second hand with white luminescent

Movement :Caliber Hublot HUB1241

Type : Unico Manufacture chronographe, column-wheel, flyback, self-winding

Dimensions :Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’) ; Thinkness 8.05 mm

Date : Sapphire date-disc at 3.00

No of Components  : 330

Jewels : 38

Frequency : 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)

Power reserve : 72 Hours

Strap 1 :Titanium and black ceramic bracelet

Strap 2 :Black rubber and black Schedoni leather straps with red stitching

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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