Car enthusiast or not, there is no one in this world who hasn’t heard about Ayrton Senna or about his tragic end. This three time Formula One world champion is a man that will be remembered in the racing world as a true legend, and Hublot is paying tribute to this phenomenal racer with a very special timepiece called the Hublot Ayrton Senna Tourbillon Watch. So special, in fact, that only 10 of them will be produced, all made from an array of high-tech materials used in Formula One.
This tributary watch comes in a case made entirely of carbon fiber and features a new ceramic bezel formed in the shape of a F1 brake disk. The strap is made with a synthetic fiber developed by Dupont De Nemours called Nomex, which, thanks to its very low combustibility and thermostability, is also used to make the racing garbs donned by Formula One drivers. The watch is made from 269 components and features a special in-house movement named HUB 6300.
Making this timepiece even more incredible is the fact that in comes in an exceptional Hublot presentation case. This case is made entirely of carbon fiber and features a perfect replica of Ayrton Senna’s helmet on the back.
Press release after the jump.
Refined and powerful, made from an array of high-tech materials used in Formula 1 , some of which - like Nomex - have never before been used in watchmaking, the King Power Tourbillon Ayrton Senna has a case made entirely from carbon fibre (a material widely used in F1, but a first for Hublot), a ceramic bezel with a circular-grained satin finish adorned with multiple holes to represent an F1brake disk also made in ceramic, a strap made from Nomex, a synthetic fibre developed by Dupont De Nemours and used – thanks to its very low combustibility and thermostability - to make the suits worn by F1drivers, the power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock in green, blue and red to evoke the timers used in F1, a single multi-function push button for the start, stop and reset functions, a 30-minute counter à 10 o’clock and a 60-second counter at 2 o’clock.
These 10 King Power Tourbillon Ayrton Senna pieces are manufactured by the Confrérie Horlogère Hublot. The main special feature of this in-house movement named HUB 6300, is its column-wheel chronograph, visible on the dial side. The clutch for which is coupled directly to the tourbillon cage. Behind its futuristic appearance, the traditional 13¼ lignes tourbillon movement, measuring 30 mm in diameter, has a cage 13 mm in diameter, designed with no ball bearings and raised 2.80 mm above the base of the main plate. This construction makes it incredibly lightweight, giving it the impression of being suspended in space, and earning it the name "flying tourbillon". The assembly of 269 components of the movement, bridges, cams and springs, cage, wheels, jewels, screws… visible through the dial, becomes a unique decoration, to which only the index, counters and the hands in yellow are added.
The watch comes in an exceptional Hublot presentation case, made from carbon fibre, which includes a perfect replica of Ayrton Senna’s helmet from the year featured on the back of the watch. Each helmet is painted by Sid Mosca who was the official painter Ayrton Senna used for his helmets. It comes with a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Sid Mosca, and stamped by the Ayrton Senna Foundation.