Heart-rac­ing time­pieces

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SWISS Haute Horol­ogy brand Hublot has al­ways cre­ated mod­els with a dis­tinc­tive de­sign and this holds true also for its col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fer­rari, be­gun in 2011.

The Big Bang Fer­rari col­lec­tion is no ex­cep­tion.

This lim­ited edi­tion time­piece mea­sures 45mm in di­am­e­ter and is avail­able in ti­ta­nium (1,000 pieces), King Gold (500 pieces) and uni-di­rec­tional car­bon (500 pieces).

The Big Bang Fer­rari has a Unico move­ment – the Hublot Man­u­fac­ture move­ment that in­te­grates a fly­back chrono­graph (can be re­set at any time – unique in the watch­mak­ing in­dus­try) with col­umn wheel po­si­tioned on the dial side.

The os­cil­lat­ing weight echoes the iconic star spoke de­sign of the Fer­rari wheel rims, while the main plate, bridges and os­cil­lat­ing weight are all treated with a black PVD (phys­i­cal vapour de­po­si­tion) process, and can be seen through the dial and sap­phire case-back.

The Big Bang Fer­rari has a strap made from black al­can­tara on black rub­ber, with red over-stitch­ing in the style of Fer­rari up­hol­stery or in black Sche­doni leather in ref­er­ence to the iconic de­sign of Fer­rari seats.

On the crown side, the case mid­dle fea­tures a red line de­tail, re­call­ing the iconic groove to the rear of the LaFer­rari model.

The elon­gated push-but­tons are fixed to a ro­tat­ing staff like the ped­als on a car.

Marked with the Hublot logo, the crown has a much more in­te­grated and er­gonomic crown guard.

It evokes the char­ac­ter­is­tic form of the TPE (Turbo Per­for­mance En­gi­neer) set in the cen­tre of the Fer­rari dash­board.

The other pro­file is in­spired by the styling of Fer­rari cars.

The name “Fer­rari” is em­bla­zoned in bright red across the watch’s now iconic sand­wich-like case con­struc­tion.

As for the case, the con­tours of the bezel have been redesigned with coun­ter­sunk notches for the 6 screws; a more er­gonomic form that pro­tects the screws and looks as if taken di­rectly from an in­te­grated con­trol unit.

Con­cern­ing the dial, the minute counter and date win­dow at 3 o’clock are de­signed like a car tachome­ter and style of the date is in­spired by a Fer­rari speed dial.

The Pranc­ing Horse logo fea­tures dis­creetly at 6 o’clock.

At 9 o’clock, the sec­onds counter is in the shape of an air ex­trac­tor.

The hour and minute hands, which have been com­pletely redesigned, of­fer im­proved read­abil­ity.

In­stead of be­ing po­si­tioned hor­i­zon­tally, the nu­mer­als are now po­si­tioned in line with the in­dices, which seem to float above the dial, giv­ing the whole piece a 3D look.

The Big Bang Fer­rari takes in­spi­ra­tion from the in­no­va­tive vol­umes and iconic de­sign of the most re­cent Fer­rari mod­els.

Fea­tur­ing highly func­tional yet stylish de­tails, this new de­sign com­bines Hublot’s cut­ting-edge ideas and Fer­rari’s de­sign lan­guage.

The see-through back of Big Bang Fer­rari King Gold.

Big Bang Fer­rari Car­bon.

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