Luxury watches and sports cars go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that Hublot and Ferrari are continuing their prosperous relationship with the release of three new Hublot Big Bang Ferrari UNICO models, an update on the 2012 collection.
What started out in 2011 as a collaboration between two powerhouse brands that brought together the world of watchmaking with the car manufacturer’s universe has evolved into a fruitful relationship with an avid fanbase. Hublot and Ferrari are further tapping into this base with their recent update on the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari UNICO, which sees a considerable design revamp for the collection since its launch in 2012.
Taking its design codes from Ferrari’s sleek sports cars, the refreshed Big Bang UNICO boasts a more complex case, exuding a bold, masculine style. Available in three different materials — titanium (ref. 402.NX.0123.WR), 18-carat King Gold (ref. 402.OX.0138.WR), or carbon (ref. 402.QU.0113.WR) — the case features a redesigned bezel that holds six evenly spaced screws in countersunk notches. This results in a more ergonomic and robust looking timepiece. Following on from the bezel, the lugs and lateral inserts are made up of a black and red composite resin that complements the watch’s profile, which incorporates a red line detailing across the elongated black PVD titanium push-buttons. The strip of red, however, is broken up by the crown (also in black PVD titanium) at 3 o’clock, which is surrounded by an integrated crown guard and includes Hublot’s “H” logo. In designing these elements, the Swiss Manufacture took inspiration from the Turbo Performance Engineer (or TPE), a sophisticated instrument that sits front and centre on Ferrari’s dashboard. On the opposite side of the profile, gear heads will love the “Ferrari” lettering, which has been engraved in the carmaker’s signature red.
Sized at 45mm, this watch offers the wearer a generous diameter to take in the intricacies of the skeletonised, sapphire crystal dial, which — depending on the case material — contains a rhodium- or gold-plated bridge that comprises the inner mechanics. All aspects of the dial pay homage to Ferrari, from the minute sub-dial and date window at 3 o’clock, which are designed to resemble a car’s tachometer, to the automaker’s Prancing Horse logo at 6 o’clock and the seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, which comes in the shape of an air extractor. The date window reveals a yellow sapphire disc, the colour of which is certainly a nod to Ferrari’s shield. Central to the dial, the faceted and polished hour and minute hands have been updated to offer better legibility. Surrounding these are index markers and hour numerals, which have been positioned in a circular fashion. Again — depending on the watch’s case material — the hands, index markers, and numerals feature a red or white detailing.
The in-house manufactured UNICO movement powers the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari UNICO. An automatic calibre, it features a flyback chronograph with a column wheel transmission positioned on the dial side. Visible via the sapphire crystal caseback, this watch’s black PVD oscillating weight mirrors the design of Ferrari’s famed star spoke rims — yet another element that Ferrari fans will delight in. Providing water resistance to 100 metres and a power reserve of about 72 hours, this is a practical watch that can enjoy daily wear.
In further tribute to Ferrari — specifically the Italian carmaker’s plush leather interiors — the Big Bang UNICO is paired with an easily interchangeable strap constructed in rubber and coated in black Alcantara with red stitching. Contingent on the case material, the watchstrap’s folding clasp is made from polished titanium or a combination of titanium and King Gold or black PVD titanium and matte carbon.
This Hublot Big Bang Ferrari UNICO series is a limited run, so watch and car aficionados best get their hands on one of these models as soon as possible. The titanium edition is limited to 1,000 pieces, while only 500 pieces are being issued for each of the King Gold and carbon versions. Ranging in price from $33,800 to $54,100, all three models are available in-store now.
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