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Bert E. Casal
January 25, 2017     |    

The Big Bang Ferrari: Ever Evolving

Hublot’s DNA dressed in Ferrari.

As a watchmaker, Hublot has always created designs that are very distinctive. But since their collaboration with Ferrari in 2011, their creativity in designing distinctive watches grew even more. Each new edition of their Ferrari line is a testament to their quest for innovation, excellence, and performance that never fails to amaze the watch world.

The Big Bang Ferrari takes its design cues from the most recent Ferrari models, keeping the line of watches up-to-date and in constant alignment to the model of cars the car manufacturer rolls out of their manufacturing line. This new design combines Hublot’s cutting edge ideas and Ferrari’s design language. The perfect silhouette and proportions highlight the new architecture of the Big Bang Ferrari.

Magical unveiling of the Big Bang Ferrari
Luca Fuso, Philippe Tardivel, and Maurizio Arrivabene welcoming the guests
Launch of the Big Bang Ferrari at the Museo Enzo Ferrari

The case is presented either in titanium, 18K King Gold, or carbon. The six screws on the bezel are placed in redesigned notches, offering a more ergonomic form that protects them from bumps and scrapes. Through the sapphire glass, the dial reveals a minute counter and date window at three o’clock. This display is designed to look like a car’s tachometer (for the minute counter) and a speed dial (for the date window.) On the opposite side of the dial is the seconds counter in the shape of an air extractor. The minute hands have been redesigned to offer improved readability. The prancing horse logo is discreetly placed at the six o’clock position.

Looking at the watch’s profile, a red line detail is placed on the crown side. This detail recalls the iconic groove that is seen on the rear of the LaFerrari model. The elongated push buttons are fixed to a rotating staff like the pedals of the car. The crown guard is presented in a more ergonomic design, evoking the characteristic form of the Turbo Performance Engineer set in the center of the Ferrari dashboard.

Hublot continues to create Ferrari-inspired watches, and make them look great. Now I wonder: Will Ferrari come up with a concept car design that takes its cues from a watch? Highly doubtful. But it would be interesting to see what the watch-inspired design of the instrumentation panel would look like.

The Big Bang Ferrari’s engine is the Unico movement, equipped with an automatic flyback. Hublot’s Unico movement is designed, developed, machined, and assembled by the engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. The Big Bang Ferrari’s Unico movement’s hour counter is driven directly by the barrel. There is no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. This boosts the reliability and robustness of the mechanism. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and made from silicon. The silicon’s lightness provides a guarantee of its performance. The movement has 330 components and runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Its power reserve lasts for up to 72 hours with a column wheel that is positioned on the dial side. The oscillating weight echoes the iconic star spoke design of the Ferrari wheel rims. The main plate, bridges, and oscillating weight are all treated with black PVD and can be seen through the dial and sapphire case back. The straps also take their design cues from the car. Its black alcantara leather on black rubber straps with red over-stitching reminds us of the Ferrari upholstery.

The Big Bang Ferrari comes in a limited edition of 1000 pieces for the titanium case, 500 pieces for the King Gold case, and 500 pieces for the carbon case.

Hublot continues to create Ferrari-inspired watches, and make them look great. Now I wonder: Will Ferrari come up with a concept car design that takes its cues from a watch? Highly doubtful. But it would be interesting to see what the watch-inspired design of the instrumentation panel would look like.