It’s the most expensive - and most limited - version of the watchmaker’s MP-05 LaFerrari watches

A vast majority of the human population can only dream of owning a Ferrari LaFerrari. Only 499 units were made and all of them are accounted for. Even if by some miracle, a LaFerrari hits the second-hand market, it’s going to be scooped up quicker than it takes the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph. So, scratch the LaFerrari off of those bucket lists. Fortunately, there is a way to own a ridiculously expensive LaFerrari without owning the real deal. The only catch is that you can’t actually drive it.

But, you can wear it on your wrist, which is how Hublot wants you to do it if you buy its new MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition watch. This special edition timepiece is the latest iteration of the Hublot Ferrari timepiece line that was first unveiled in 2013 as a tribute to Ferrari’s venerable hypercar. Past versions of the MP-05 LaFerrari include an all-black edition, a titanium edition, and a gold edition.

This one, however, is on an entirely new level. As its name implies, the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition comes with a case that’s carved out of sapphire, considered as one of the most precious stones in the world. According to Hublot, the sapphire case is comprised of seven components machined from seven blocks of sapphire, and the entire process of manufacturing the case takes over 600 hours. That’s really all you need to know to understand how ridiculous - in a jaw-dropping way - this version of the MP-05 LaFerrari is.

In keeping with the exclusivity of the real Ferrari LaFerrari, Hublot is limiting the production of the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition to just 20 pieces. The company hasn’t announced how much each of these babies will sell for, but considering that a “regular” MP-05 LaFerrari watch retails for around $300,000, you can already get a pretty clear picture on how much each of these 20 watches is going to cost. It probably won’t approach the price of the LaFerrari hypercar, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes close to it.

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Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Watch
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You only need to look at the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition to know that it’s unlike any watch you’ve ever seen. It doesn’t even look like a watch, but more like a miniature car engine on your wrist. Such is the complexity of this particular timepiece.

Hublot even spared no expense in its creation, as one piece is made up of 637 components. There’s even a suspended vertical tourbillon that helps create a visual illusion as though the internal mechanism is suspended in mid-air. Take a good look at the face of watch and you’ll see the seconds indicator located on the transparent cylinder on the tourbillon cage. On the right side of the barrels are the hours and minutes indicators while on the left side, shown in the same transparent cylinder configuration, is the power reserve. The procedure to get the watch wound is also complicated. According to Hublot, a miniature power drill - yes, a power drill! - is needed to wind the mechanism in order to get the clock to start ticking. That’s straight out of Ferrari’s Formula One book. The details are also incredible, if not a little too over-the-top.

Then again, this is Hublot we’re talking about here. The Swiss luxury watchmaker is known for being one of the more forward-thinking timepiece companies in the world. Really, who spends more than 18 months carving out blocks of sapphire just so they can be used on a watch? I can think of no more than five watch companies that can do this and Hublot is one of them.

As for the price? Well, that’s an entirely different subject altogether. It’s also one that I’m completely out of the loop on since I don’t have the money to even come close to making a play on any of the 20 pieces that Hublot plans to release. Remember, this Hublot can cost up to $300,000 for a “regular” version. I don’t even want to think about how much the Sapphire Edition is going to cost. One thing I can tell you though is this: $500,000 still seems a little conservative, right?

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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Ferrari LaFerrari here.

Source: Hublot

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