Power Part­ners

Fer­rari and Hublot lead the race in a hand­some duet as seen in the Big Bang Unico Fer­rari, the La­fer­rari Aperta and the Tech­frame Fer­rari 70 years Tour­bil­lon Chrono­graph watches

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From maranello in italy to Nyon in Switzer­land, a team of ex­pert ar­ti­sans took a jour­ney across Fer­rari’s 70 years of ex­cel­lence. Head of De­sign Flavio Man­zoni led the decades-old process of de­sign­ing a high­per­for­mance mas­ter­piece, this time a watch in­stead of a sports car: the Big Bang Fer­rari. The watch is a lim­ited edition, avail­able in 1,000 pieces made of ti­ta­nium, and 500 pieces each from Uni­di­rec­tional Car­bon and King Gold.

The move­ment in­side each 45mm watch is the unique UNICO, a two push-but­ton fly­back chrono­graph that can be re­set at any­time, with a 72-hour power re­serve. With the UNICO move­ment, re­li­a­bil­ity and ro­bust­ness is boosted thanks to the bar­rel driv­ing di­rectly the hour counter with no jumper in the chrono­graph mech­a­nism.

In the UNICO, the move­ment echoes Fer­rari’s iconic star-spoke, wheel-rim de­sign on the os­cil­lat­ing weight that, to­gether with the main plate and bridges, is treated with black PVD—AS seen through the clear dial and sap­phire-case back. Ad­di­tional su­per­carin­spired fea­tures on the dial are the minute counter, de­signed akin to a car tachome­ter, and the date counter, styled just like a Fer­rari speed dial.

More­over, the sec­onds counter is placed at 9 o’clock in the shape of an air ex­trac­tor, and the Pranc­ing Horse logo is at 6 o’clock. On the side, the elon­gated push-but­tons are fixed to a ro­tat­ing staff like a car’s ped­als, and the Hublot-marked crown is guarded er­gonom­i­cally with rub­ber shaped into Fer­rari’s Turbo Per­for­mance En­gi­neer. The name Fer­rari it­self is em­bla­zoned in bright red across the watch’s iconic sand­wich-like con­struc­tion, while a red streak runs down the mid­dle of the case akin to the red line that sur­rounds the La­fer­rari Aperta model.

The La­fer­rari Aperta, how­ever, is a more tech­ni­cal watch pow­ered for 50 days by move­ments HUB9005.H1.PN.1JN for the clear ver­sion and HUB9005 for the all-black ver­sion. The move­ment’s 11 se­ries-cou­pled bar­rels, with a sim­i­lar look to the Fer­ari engine, are topped per­pen­dic­u­larly by a tour­bil­lon that counts down the sec­onds on the tour­bil­lon cage.

On the right side of the bar­rels, re­in­forced with Fer­rari-red an­odised alu­minium,

two an­odised alu­minium cylin­ders in black ro­tate each minute and hour to tell the en­graved time. Sim­i­larly, on the left side are two cylin­ders that ro­tate to show the left­over power re­serve. Wind the watch at its crown on the apex where sleek, aero­dy­namic Fer­rari­in­spired lines merge, and set the time at the smaller crown on the open case-back.

All of La­fer­rari Aperta’s 637 com­po­nents are safely housed in sap­phire crys­tal with anti-re­flec­tive treat­ment as the in­ner case. The outer case is avail­able ei­ther in pol­ished and smoked sap­phire crys­tal, or mi­crob­lasted black Pvd-coated ti­ta­nium. Both ver­sions are safely strapped in black, smooth rub­ber locked with a colour-match­ing de­ploy­ant buckle clasp, and are only made in 50 pieces for each type.

An­other lim­ited-edition watch born out of Fer­rari and Hublot’s part­ner­ship is the Hublot Tech­frame Fer­rari 70 years Tour­bil­lon Chrono­graph. First, the Fer­rari team built a ti­ta­nium skele­ton case around the the HUB6311 man­ual-wind­ing Tour­bil­lon Chrono­graph. Add the King Gold to the skele­ton—ti­ta­nium or hy­poal­ler­genic Uni­di­rec­tional PEEK Car­bon in other ver­sions—for cases with max­i­mum strength yet min­i­mal weight. The HUB6311 it­self has five days of power re­serve with its sin­gle-but­ton chrono­graph to start, stop, and re­set the watch con­trolled by an an­odised-alu­minium lever in Fer­rari red.

Treated with ruthe­nium an­thracite, the Tech­frame’s fly­ing tour­bil­lon is beau­ti­fully dis­played on the black-var­nished dial. To op­ti­mise the watch’s per­for­mance, the crown on the fourth hour is sized as such to re­duce the size of the watch and to give an over­all aero­dy­namic look. On all three ver­sions, “Lim­ited Edition, No XX/ 70” is en­graved on the case­back to show the pro­duc­tion num­ber. This shows a clear in­di­ca­tion of high-qual­ity watches in pre­cious lim­ited quan­tity all made to the ex­cise stan­dards of per­for­mance in the Fer­rari-hublot part­ner­ship.

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