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

Hublot King Spider Bang for Anderson Silva

Hublot Spider Bang black and yellow watch - Perpetuelle

As UFC 183 kicks off tonight, the main event will feature Anderson “The Spider” Silva squaring off against Nick Diaz in a 5 round middleweight bout.   As one whodoes not fall MMA in the least, I won’t make any predictions on the outcome.  There is one prediction I will make, however:  you will see Silva wearing this Hublot”King Spider Bang” watch sometime after the match, and he won’t be looking like you see him below.  Hublot has made 100 pieces of the watch you see here — with 48mm black ceramic case — and also 11 pieces in King Gold with red and black accents.   This is not a new release from Hublot, but it was top of mind this evening.  The Hublot King Spider Bang is available now at ‪#‎Hublot‬ Miami Design District boutique in Miami, FL — its lists at $21,600 in ceramic, but you can probably find it for a fair bit less than this if you put in the effort.

Anderson Silva Poses with the Hublot King Spider Bang Watch

Anderson Silva Spider Bang watch

Hublot Classic Fusion 8 Days Power Reserve

Hublot Classic Fusion 8 days 45mm

This Classic Fusion 8-Day Power Reserve, offered in King Gold (gold) or titanium, was a 2014 introduction from Hublot.  As far as Hublot goes, this is as close to a classically styled, manual wind watch with power reserve indicator that you can get.   There are a lot of qualities I admire in this piece, including the vertical satin-finished gold bezel, the black sunray satin-finished dial with polished & faceted appliques and hands and the exterior polished case elements.  However, I remain preferential to the automatic Hublot “Classic Fusion” pieces which are sized at a more modest 42mm.  If Hublot were to reduce the size of this piece down to 42mm, I would be much more attracted to it.

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