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Hublot Techframe Ferrari Carbon

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A Ferrari Design for a Hublot watch Celebrating Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary

To celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary, the Italian marque and its partner Hublot are presenting a new original collection. Conceived with the same approach used for designing a car at the Ferrari Design Centre and integrating Hublot’s watchmaking expertise, the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites Hublot and Ferrari. The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions — King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium — each of which is produced in 70 limited editions. It is destined to be a collector's item. 

 

Designed by Ferrari, crafted by Hublot. This is the principle that prevailed for the design and perfecting of the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph. A team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot. This new line in Hublot's collections is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari's DNA—combining strength, performance and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot manufacture. A perfect fusion of the automotive and watchmaking worlds. 

 

The Ferrari Design Approach 

 

Created and designed by Ferrari, under the leadership of Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is like one of the super cars produced in Maranello. And with good reason: this watch was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes as that used to develop a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight. 

"The styling of the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph underlines the performances of the watch and no component is there by chance", explains Flavio Manzoni. Thus, the black structure on the dial holds the chronograph counters and offers excellent legibility. The crown at 4 o'clock —raised by a black PVD Titanium insert decorated with the famous Prancing Horse—reduces the size of the watch to the greatest possible extent, and increases its aerodynamic look. Finally, the red push-button is strategically placed to facilitate its use—even when driving—and makes the design more ergonomic. 

The Hublot manufacture took this design by Ferrari and applied its expertise in engineering, materials and watchmaking, to make these aesthetic and technical concepts feasible. The result is a chassis case with a modular construction of three components—skeleton middle, container, and back cover—that is true to the styling imaged by Ferrari. Available in King Gold, Titanium versions, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is also offered in PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) Carbon, a multi-layer hypo-allergenic material—made from particularly long carbon fibres—that is extremely durable and reliable. An essential for this very open case. This is not the only innovation: two lateral push-buttons make it easy to change the strap, whilst offering maximum security. As with all of the coloured components of this new Techframe, the two lateral push-buttons are made in the famous P485 Ferrari red. The back cover of the case is engraved in black with "Limited Edition, No. XX/70",

and the sapphire back is adorned with "Ferrari 70 Years”. 

 

Under the bonnet of this thoroughbred 

 

Beyond its design, which is true to Ferrari’s design philosophy, Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is the epitome of fine watchmaking. Under the bonnet of this thoroughbred is a Tourbillon Chronograph driven by a movement that was designed and developed by Hublot: the new HUB6311 calibre with manual winding—253 components —offers 5 days of power reserve. The single-button chronograph—one button for the start-stop-reset functions—that is considered as the best of the best by specialists, is handled by an original lever in Ferrari red anodised aluminium. 

Treated with ruthenium anthracite, this finely tuned “engine” also stands out by its imposing tourbillon that is visible on the dial. Thanks to an ingenious construction principle, this innovative mechanism offers both the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. This double advantage is made possible by a sapphire crystal, which is practically invisible, placed above the cage that rotates once a minute and holds the upper part of the tourbillon using a bridge. 

The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o'clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o'clock. The sapphire dial reveals the cutting edge mechanics that it shelters, and an external raised section holds the timer. A matt black block designed by Ferrari, affixed to the sapphire holds a race-inspired twin half-second counter at 3 o'clock, the minutes counter at 11 o'clock and the column wheel at 1 o'clock—the brain controlling this sleek chronograph with tangential coupling. 

The highly technical interchangeable black rubber strap is fitted with a folding clasp with a cover in PVD titanium with a plate decorated with King Gold, PEEK carbon or titanium, with the Hublot logo. 

 

Already a collector's item 

 

The fruit of an intense and unique collaboration between car designers and a fine watchmaking manufacture, the sleek Techframe Ferrari signals a new era in the partnership between Ferrari and Hublot. Produced in three versions—King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium—each in 70 limited editions, this new timepiece is already a collector's item.

Technical specifications

TECHFRAME FERRARI 70 YEARS – TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH 

 

408.QU.0123.RX (PEEK Carbon) – Limited to 70 pieces 

Case : Skeleton in Unidirectional PEEK Carbon 

Diameter: 45 mm 

Thickness: 14.80 mm 

Back : Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon) 

"LIMITED EDITION, No. XX/70" engraving in glossy black lacquer 

Crystal Sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-reflective treatment 

Back cover crystal Sapphire with internal anti-reflective treatment, adorned with "Ferrari 70 Years" 

Water resistance 30 metres or 3 ATM 

Dial : Sapphire, highlight in matt black varnish, counters in matt black varnish 

Hands Satin finished, Rhodium treated (Titanium and PEEK Carbon)  and white SuperLuminova® 

Screws :  Titanium (PEEK Carbon), polished head, micro-blasted cavity and notches 

Crown:  Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon) 

Insert in black PVD titanium with engraving of the Ferrari logo (Cavallino Rampante), indexed, double sealing system 

Push-button: Lever in Red (Ferrari) anodised aluminium, micro-blasted 

Switch in black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted, polished head 

Movement HUB6311 - Manual winding Tourbillon Chronograph, developed and manufactured by Hublot 

Number of components 253 

Frequency 3 Hz (21’600 Al/h) 

Power reserve 115 hours 

Strap Smooth black rubber (interchangeable) 

Folding clasp in Black PVD Titanium and Titanium  Hublot logo filled with glossy black lacquer 

Strap holding system Support block  in Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon) 

2 push-buttons in Red Ferrari anodised aluminium, micro-blasted 

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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