It may be due to the craftsmanship and design that goes into creating one, but all petrol heads seem to love nice watches as much as cars. I am no different, and if I won the lottery I would purchase an expensive matching watch for every car I owned.
Thankfully companies like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Hublot are more than happy to create unique automotive themed watches. One of the newest members of this breed is the Ferrari Big Bang Russia Special Edition. The watch was created by Hublot to celebrate 10 years of Ferrari in Russia.
Like the Ferrari it was built to celebrate, the new Big Bang features some of the most advanced materials in the world with a black ceramic casing and carbon fiber bezel. The movement powering the watch is Hublot’s in-house UNICO flyback chronograph, and it looks stunning to see through the skeletonized housing.
If you would like to add this to your collection along with your shiny new 458 Italia , you will need to put in your order soon. There are only 25 of these produced, making them even rarer than the cars they are designed to represent. We haven’t been given a price for this watch yet, but I can assure you that “a lot” would be a good place to start.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Big Bang Russia Special Edition Watch.
Why It Matters
It may seem like a stretch, but I am thankful that these types of collaborations exist because I feel it pushes the art of watchmaking. Horology feels like a lost art, and seeing a company try to push their ideas of design and innovation in a watch makes me very happy. Just like most of us fear the death of the gasoline-powered car and the manual transmission, I fear the death of watchmaking. A real mechanical watch has the same kind of precision, craftsmanship and mechanical wonder that your favorite car engine does.
This 1 in 25 watch may be a plaything for the wealthy, but so are Ferraris and Lamborghinis. That doesn’t make me love them any less.
Ferrari Big Bang Russia Special Edition Watch in detail
The Big Bang Russia is a watch that combines some of Hublot’s best materials and methods for watchmaking. The case itself is made of back hardened ceramic. This material is extremely hard and scratch resistant. It can be very difficult to work with, and even companies like Rolex traditionally only use it for bezel material.
The chronograph function of the watch is a must have feature for any motorsports enthusiast. Allowing the timing of laps, 0-60 sprints and more is accomplished without any extra equipment needed is a nice bonus. The actual movement of the Big Bang is Hublot’s in-house created UNICO flyback that utilizes 330 parts and has a rather substantial 72-hour power reserve rating. Hublot also claims that the watch is water resistant to more than 300 feet, but I wouldn’t feel too comfortable about taking a $25k+ watch on a 150-foot wreck dive, let alone a 300 footer.
Overall the watch is an interesting piece of horological craftsmanship, and while you are paying a lot more for that Prancing Horse badge, the watch is an interesting exercise in design and creation.
Today saw the launch of this very special limited edition Big Bang Ferrari Russia 10th anniversary at Moscow’s Barvikha Luxury Village, the high-class district of the capital, which was decked out in red for the occasion. The unveiling took place during on the first day of a three-day event which marks the beginning of a calendar of celebrations scheduled for 2014, the tenth anniversary of Ferrari’s presence in Russia. Hublot’s guest of honour, Gianmaria Bruni, the World Endurance Champion, will be on hand over the weekend giving tips to selected Hublot customers invited to test the professional F1 simulator.
The Big Bang Ferrari Russie fuses design, materials and mechanics in a way that uniquely reflects the respective DNA of Hublot and Ferrari: innovation, performance,
technology and exclusivity. Featuring a black ceramic case, the watch (45.5 mm in diameter) is equipped with a cylindrical carbon fibre bezel with red moulding that
dramatically showcases the in-house UNICO flyback chronograph movement (can be reset at any time) visible through the sapphire dial. The watch’s numerous touches of red (on the bezel, and red minute and chronograph second hands, Schedoni leather and black rubber strap with red stitching) pay special tribute to the famous
Ferrari signature. The symbolic prancing horse appears in discreet gold at 9 o’clock on the dial of the timepiece, only 25 of which have been produced.
"The collaboration between Hublot and Ferrari has reached a new level in these last two years," explained Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. "It’s a real fusion of the
watchmaking expertise of Hublot and the industrial achievement of Ferrari, but also an eternal pursuit for ultimate quality and innovation. We all believe that Hublot and Ferrari will continue to enjoy an unprecedented legendary cooperation in the future."
The UNICO movement can be compared to the best possible engine to power a racing car, and this movement was selected, then designed and developed by Hublot to power
the Big Bang Ferrari. With no fewer than 330 components and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the column wheel and dual horizontal coupling appear on the dial. An indexed crown (with Hublot’s ‘H’ logo automatically positioning itself to remain in line) features elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car, whilst carbon inserts give the case a distinctive look. Each timepiece comes with two interchangeable straps, including the one on the display watch in black Schedoni leather stitched onto black rubber, with a highly innovative quick-change system inspired by the seat belt mechanism. This timepiece has a 72-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 100 metres. The absence of superfluous accessories highlights the rational elements of the Big Bang Ferrari Russie’s unique design: the expression of Hublot’s Art of Fusion concept married to the innovative spirit of Ferrari.