The New Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon Watch

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon dial detail - Perpetuelle

A limited edition of 500 pieces, this 2015 release in Hublot’s Big Bang Ferrari series comes in a microblasted white ceramic case and carbon fiber bezel.  The case is fitted to a Schedoni leather strap (Schedoni is the official luggage supplier to Ferrari); inside is a Hublot manufacture caliber, the UNICO 1241.  The specific type of ceramic used by Hublot is “zirconium oxide” ceramic, a man-made material that can be produced in a handful of colors and tones (most commonly, black and white).  This type of ceramic is not proprietary to Hublot (Chanel uses the same type, I believe), but zirconium-oxide ceramic is a good choice for fine watchmaking given its high resistance to crack propagation.  It all comes together in a great looking piece here by Hublot.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon

limited edition 500 pieces

45mm white ceramic case, automatic mechanical Hublot UNICO Cal 1241 (flyback column wheel chronograph, 72 hrs power reserve)

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Introducing the Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent, with aluminium-coated carbon fiber

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent blue carbon fiber detail - Perpetuelle

Not a sexy name, but the look?  Well, maybe.  This collaboration with fashionable Italian eyewear/sunglasses brand has resulted in a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium® , whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand.  Texalium is unique in that it is aluminium-coated carbon fiber; the great advantage of this is that it can be designed in different colours and has a remarkable brilliance, with all the lightness of carbon fiber.   By now well accustomed to carbon fiber cases, you can see that Hublot has gone a step further to achieve a rather vivid color variation.  Actually, two colors are unveiled — blue and grey.  Each with Hublot’s in-house UNICO chronograph caliber.  A 500-piece limited edition of each of these two versions will be produced; each watch comes in a customised Italia Independent display case, complete with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses, also made from Texalium.  And that studded denim strap?  Just a little something extra special for you Hublotistas.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent blue carbon fiber - Perpetuelle

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent grey carbon fiber - Perpetuelle

 

Weekend Watch: 2015 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Models

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Duo 2015 with racing straps - Perpetuelle

Here is a first look at Hublot’s first additions to its Big Bang Ferrari line for 2015. The collaboration between Ferrari and Hublot been running strong since it was announced late 2011, with upwards of ten Hublot Big Bang Ferrari references made thus far. Following the launch of the first two watches, the Big Bang Titanium and the Big Bang Magic Gold in 2012, the famous MP-05 LaFerrari (hands-on) – the only watch in the world with a 50-day power reserve – three Big Bang models in 2013, three Big Bang models in 2014, two new Big Bang Ferrari “racing” versions have now been unveiled.

These two new models, set to officially debut at Baselworld 2015 next month, are actually part of a broader milestone: 10 years of the Big Bang. Of course done under the Ferrari collaboration, they are much styled in the “racing theme” particularly those straps (with the one-click fast attachment system, btw). The first is the aptly named Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic, which is adorned with details in Ferrari’s legendary red colour; the second is the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, inspired by the historic NART (North America Racing Team) livery. Each piece offered in a limited edition of 250 pieces.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic NART - Perpetuelle

The ceramic case measures in at 45mm, housing a UNICO manufacture movement. The dial is dominated by the unique and distinctive Ferrari grille – a blackened crisscross mesh which clearly reveals the main plates and bridges of the movement. On top of this we see an applique of the famous Ferrari Prancing Horse at 9 o’clock, while the minute counter and date window appear at 3 o’clock in the colors of the Ferrari shield.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic 2015 with racing strap - Perpetuelle

Not pictured is the rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal casback, inspired by the five-spoke Ferrari wheels.

Hublot Reference 401.CX.1123.VR (Black ceramic) Limited edition of 250 pieces

Hublot Reference 401.FX.1123.VR (Grey ceramic) Limited edition of 250 pieces

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LVMH’s Biver: Expensive Watches Are for Eternity, Smartwatches Lack Emotion

CNN’s Richard Quest recently spoke to Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH’s watch division and Hublot Chairman, about the emergence of smartwatches, the challenges Swiss watchmakers face due to the rise in the value of the Swiss Franc, and more.  It is a dynamic conversation in which Biver lauds the longevity and emotion of a Swiss mechanical watch, reveals which LVMH watch brand will get on the “smartwatch train” and why, and the reason for all those mono-brand boutiques.  The interview is also full of Biver’s usual candor and ebullience, which I really admire and appreciate.

Click here, or the image below, to watch the full 5 minute discussion (sorry CNN wouldn’t let me embed it here):

Biver on CNN