Dear Friends and Hublotista!
Baselworld 2019 was undoubtedly all about Ferrari for Hublot.
In addition to the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, which I have already presented in an article here in the Forum, Hublot also delighted visitors in Basel with three other Ferrari-associated watches.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Scuderia Ferrari, the racing team, which apart from the Formal 1 also is performing in endurance races.
This makes Scuderia Ferrari almost 20 years older than the car manufacturer Ferrari.
To celebrate this anniversary, Hublot has launched three very special versions of the Big Bang Unico Ferrari.
One variant was shuttered in a Sapphire case and comes with a Kevlar strap.
It is the first Big Bang Ferrari watch (apart from the MP-05 La Ferrari Aperta and Sapphire and the Techframe White Gold Sapphire) to be presented in a Sapphire case.
The second watch was presented by Hublot in a 3D carbon case, as we have seen with the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT.
The third variant comes in a material that is also unusual for Ferrari watches and for Hublot as a whole: Platinum.
Hublot has so far presented only very few watches in this material. The new Big Bang Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary is one of them.
There are 90 watches of each of the three variants. And in all three variants, the bezel is made of exactly the same material that is used to make the brake discs of the Ferrari Formula 1 racing cars.
The backs of the watch cases are decorated with a beautiful lettering that commemorates the anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari.
And this is what Ferrari writes about the new Big Bang Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary
Scuderia Ferrari is celebrating the 90th year since its foundation in 1929. Hublot is marking the occasion with the BIG BANG SCUDERIA FERRARI 90th ANNIVERSARY watch, a new model that is available in three exclusive versions, produced in limited editions.
To celebrate this birthday, Hublot, which has been a long-standing partner of Scuderia Ferrari, is proud to present the Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary watch. This is a model that reflects the rich history and heritage of Scuderia Ferrari realized in three limited editions conceived in collaboration with the Ferrari Design Centre. These pieces illustrate the development of the materials used in car racing over the years. This is a permanent quest of both companies, as illustrated by Hublot’s motto “The Art of Fusion”. No future and no victories without innovation. It is only through technical and technological research that the two houses have been able to maintain their respective positions in their respective worlds.
The 45-mm-diameter of each of the three editions houses the famous UNICO movement, a flyback chronograph that offers a 72-hour power reserve. Their bezel is cut in ceramic carbon, the same material that is used for Formula 1 brake discs.
The first version is inspired by the early years of Scuderia Ferrari and its glorious past. The visible metal parts, the peccary leather from the bucket seats and the brushed look of the dashboard are represented here by the platinum case and the stitched perforated strap. Its dial evokes old-fashioned speedometers with its calendar underlined in yellow. In this way, it falls in-line with the purest
traditions of car racing.
The 3D carbon that is used to make the case of the second edition reflects the present day Scuderia Ferrari. Today, research into new composite materials and high-technology are all powerful in competition driving. Its strap is made from Nomex—the fire-resistant synthetic fibre used to make racing driver’s suits—on which the red and black stitching makes a striking contrast. Its colour code is black and red, the colours currently used by Scuderia Ferrari for its single-seater Formula 1 cars.
The third model is instantly recognisable by its transparent case made from sapphire, an innovative materi-al that is hard to work, giving it a resolutely futuristic style. It demonstrates the extreme sophistication that technology is heading towards and the possibilities it offers for the future. A promise of innovations that will apply to both car manufacture and watchmaking. Its strap adopts a highly futuristic Kevlar look.
Each of the three versions of the Hublot Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary watch bears one of the three colours of the Scuderia on its border, the numbers and the index. Yellow for the platinum edition, red for the 3D carbon edition and black for the sapphire edition. All three will be produced in a limited edition of 90, and 10 ‘collector’ sets with all three watches will also be available.
A bit of history. Scuderia Ferrari came into being on 16th November 1929 in the offices of the notary, Della Fontana of Modena, the company established as the Società Anonima Scuderia Ferrari, with its headquar-ters in via Trento and Trieste. It was approved by the courts on 29th November and from that moment on the company was effectively operational. The directors of the company were Alfredo and Augusto Caniato, Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Testi. Alfa Romeo and Pirelli were also involved. The team made its debut in the 1930 Mille Miglia and its first win came in the Trieste-Opicina on 15th June that same year, courtesy of the great Tazio Nuvolari. Motorcycles also featured in the Scuderia’s history, from 1932 to 1934 and 1932 marked the first appearance of the Prancing Horse as part of the livery of the Alfa Romeos entered by Ferrari. The symbol came from the family of war hero Francesco Baracca, the horse set on a shield with a yellow background, representing the colour of the city of Modena. Its first win came in the Spa 24 Hours thanks to Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena. Starting off racing Alfa Romeo cars and then, from 1947, with cars built in-house, Scuderia Ferrari became the most successful race team of all time, taking thousands of wins in some of the most important races in the world. In Formula 1 alone, it has taken 16 Constructors’ titles and 15 Drivers’. In the world of endur-ance racing, Ferrari has nine victories to its name in the Le Mans 24 Hours, two at Daytona and five FIA WEC titles and has even been successful in rallying.