Ferrari Big Bang Russia Special Edition Watch
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.
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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.