2017 marks the 70th anniversary of a specific automaker that will generate passion among car fans just like no other. Synonymous with the colour red, this automaker also happens to possess the most prosperous team in Formula One. Have you guessed it yet? The automaker is none besides Ferrari. As the official watchmaking spouse of Ferrari, Hublot introduced the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch to mark the occasion earlier this year, but this really is a brand new one-off version made from PEEK Carbon and King Gold.The venture of Hublot and Ferrari is into its fifth year and has produced many of Hublot’s most audacious and remarkable pieces like the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis (hands-on) watch along with the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch (hands-on with the sapphire case version), in addition to more familiar Hublot fare like Big Bang Ferrari (like the version we reviewed) editions.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch has been unveiled earlier this year (hands-on), along with the specific version in the materials you see here was made as a one-off bit for auction. It’s a technically impressive watch, clearly, with a chronograph function and tourbillon escapement. Designed in collaboration with Ferrari, the resulting watch, with its very architectural and bridge-like situation design, seems unlike any other Hublot watch before it.So what’s unique about this particular watch? Well, the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch was initially created in three variants — King Gold, ceramic, and PEEK carbon — that were confined to 70 pieces each. The skeleton frame that protects the case is made out of ultra light and strong PEEK carbon, although the case itself consists of King Gold. King Gold is the name of a ceramic and gold metal developed by Hublot that includes a richer red hue in comparison with typical 5N red gold and is also much more challenging and much more scratch-resistant.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT is a straightforward travel watch with no bells and whistles, despite the elaborately mechanical looking aesthetic that’s typical of the brand.
Two time zones are displayed legibly: local time is indicated by the main hands, while an arrow-tipped hand points to home time. And a day and night indicator in the centre of the dial works in conjunction with the home time.
Two pushers in the case are used to set local time, the button at two o’clock advances the local time hour hand by an hour, while that at four o’clock moves it back by the same.
The Big Bang Unico GMT is available in either titanium or carbon fibre reinforced polymer, both being 45mm in diameter, the standard size for the Big Bang.
Inside is the HUB 1251, a variant of the versatile UNICO in-house movement that Hublot Watches Pronunciation Replica uses across its collection, with various complications added, most frequently as a chronograph.
Price and availability
The Big Bang Unico GMT Titanium (ref. 471.NX.7112.RX) costs €19,600 or US$19,900.
And the Big Bang Unico GMT Carbon (ref. 471.QX.7127.RX) is priced at €22,700 or US$23,100.