Reviewing Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watches
Hublot released the first Big Bang Ferrari watches, products of a collaboration with the famed Italian automaker, in 2012. Since then, the brand has expanded the Hublot Ferrari collection each year, with all models equipped with Hublot’s in-house Unico movement.
In early 2013, the brand released three new models headlined by the Hublot Big Bang “Red Magic Carbon.” Its Unico movement incorporates a flyback chronograph mechanism that uses two push-buttons and can be reset at any time. Unlike many other chronograph movements, it has a column wheel visible on the dial side, an hour counter driven directly by the barrel, and no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are made of ultra-light silicon and affixed to a removable platform. First released in 2009 (and, according to Hublot, continually adjusted ever since), the movement has 330 parts, a high frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours.
The case, which is also designed and manufactured in-house at Hublot’s facility in Nyon, Switzerland, is made of carbon fiber that has been constructed in a “multi-layer” process, which involves stacking up to 12 sheets of the material before pressing it into molds and then baking it in polymerization ovens. With this method, there is no bubbling, thus providing the finished product with better homogeneity and higher mechanical strength. The in-house machining, by a team of specialists in this production method that recently joined Hublot’s in-house watchmaking team, is done on a special machine with five spindles.
The red-tinted sapphire crystal gets its hue from the addition of chemical components directly to the material during its development, which makes the color unalterable. The Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon” — as do both other models — comes with two straps, in black and red schedoni leather stitches onto black rubber; it is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, priced at $32,100.
The “King Gold Carbon” model is limited to 500 pieces (price: $43,600) and has a carbon fiber bezel with six H-shaped black-PVD titanium screws. Like the “Red Magic Carbon” model, its hands are coated with White Super-LumiNova. The crown and pushers, like the 45-mm case, are in Hublot’s proprietary “King Gold.”
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic (below) has a black ceramic case and bezel; the bezel has a brushed finish, a rarity in ceramic watch cases, most of which have polished finishes. Its hands are coated with black Super-LumiNova. Like the King Gold, its titanium bezel screws are coated in black PVD; those of the Red Magic are in polished titanium. This model is limited to 1,000 pieces, at $29,800.