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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Baselworld 2013 Preview : Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watches!

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon Watch

A fantastic first year of collaboration between Ferrari and Hublot is coming to an end. This has been highly successful, both commercially, with the two first Big Bangs in titanium and Magic Gold – the famous first ever scratch-resistant 18-carat gold invented by Hublot – and promotionally, with more than 130 events.

This success is welcomed by Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, and Ricardo Guadalupe, the CEO of Hublot, and is already sparking ideas for new models. There are three which are already part of the Big Bang 45 mm family:

The first is the aptly named Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon”: It is the new symbol of the brand’s progress towards verticalization, with its case and its movement designed, developed, and produced entirely at the Hublot manufacture.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon Watch

The UNICO movement is designed, developed, machined and assembled by the micro-mechanical engineers, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. A practical flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, and which is unique in the watchmaking industry, two push-buttons, with date indicator, and featuring a uniquely positioned mechanism with dual coupling and the famous “column wheel” visible on the dial side.

Its development required a completely original approach and thinking outside the box: For example, the hour counter is driven directly by the barrel, and there is no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. This simplification boosts reliability and robustness. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and are made from silicon, whose lightness provides a guarantee of performance. Its construction, which incorporates just 330 components, has been simplified as much as possible in order to further increase robustness.

This result is the fruit of continual adjustments made since 2009, the year it was launched, which have been carried out jointly by the technical office, the laboratory and the after-sales service in the manufacture. Its frequency of 4hz/28,800 vibrations per hour and its immaculate finish are also a guarantee of high chronometric quality. Finally, its automated production, which includes automation of the machining, stone fitting, oiling and numerous assembly operations also ensures consistent, controlled quality. Its power reserve is around 72 hours.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari King Gold Carbon Watch

Its carbon fiber case is also entirely designed, developed and manufactured by Hublot thanks to a team of specialists who joined the in-house team two years ago, and who understand all the production stages of its components perfectly. What sets it apart is the forging of all the carbon fiber components using the multi-layer principle: This involves the stacking of several sheets of carbon fiber (up to twelve for the thickest component), pressed into molds and placed in polymerization ovens.

The advantage of this principle: No bubbles, therefore providing the material with excellent homogeneity as well as higher mechanical strength. The in-house machining is done on specially adapted machines with five spindles. Each component of the case and the movement is subjected to continual checks throughout the manufacturing process. For example, the water resistance of each timepiece is inspected three times during its assembly.

Finally, the mass of the red sapphire crystal for this model was colored directly by adding chemical components during the development of the material. Thanks to this process, the color is unalterable. The timepiece comes with two straps, in black or red schedoni leather stitched onto black rubber, which gives it a great deal of flexibility, comfort and durability.


The Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon” is a limited edition of 1000 numbered timepieces.

It is also presented in a “King Gold Carbon” version as a limited edition of 500 pieces, and in black ceramic as a limited edition of 1000 numbered pieces.

Watch Specifications

1000-piece limited edition
500-piece limited edition
1000-piece limited edition

Case: Diameter 45.5 mm in carbon fiber or 18K King Gold or black ceramic

Bezel: Carbon fiber or satin-finished black ceramic
6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished and locked screws (Red Magic Carbon)
6 black PVD titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished and locked screws (King Gold or ceramic)

Crystal: Red sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating (Red Magic Carbon)
Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating (King Gold or ceramic)

Bezel: Lugs Black composite resin

Lateral inserts: Black composite resin with carbon insert at 9 o’clock

Crown: King Gold or satin-finished titanium or polished black PVD titanium
Black rubber insert with Hublot logo

Push-pieces: 2 o’clock, 18K King Gold or satin-finished and micro-blasted titanium or polished and micro-blasted black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
4 o’clock, 18K King Gold or satin-finished and micro-blasted titanium or polished and micro-blasted black PVD titanium with black rubber insert, engraved Ferrari logo, red lacquer

Case-back: Circular micro-blasted and satin-finished 18K King Gold
or micro-blasted and polished black ceramic
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment

Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 meters

Dial: Sapphire with white Hublot logo transfer
5N gold-plated or rhodium-plated Ferrari prancing horse appliqué
5N gold-plated, satin-finished rhodium-plated or black-coated indexes

Hands: 5N gold-plated or satin-finished rhodium-plated, white Super Luminova™ (King Gold or carbon)
Or black-coated, black Super Luminova™ (ceramic)
Minute counter hand and chronograph with Ferrari red coating

Movement: HUB 1241 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot, automatic flyback chronograph

Date: Yellow window at 3 o’clock

Oscillating weight: Satin-finished and micro-blasted black coating, imitating the shape of a wheel rim

Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Straps: Black rubber, red or black schedoni leather, and black or red stitching

Clasp: Black PVD titanium or carbon fiber deployment buckle
with ceramic, 5N gold, or carbon fiber inserts depending on the version.


Monday, 28 October 2013

Baselworld 2012 Spotlight: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch!

The official unveiling of the watch that makes you wish you could rev time. Last November was the announcement of the collaboration between famous sports car manufacturer Ferrari and acclaimed watchmaker Hublot. This is truly a great paring.

Hublot introduces a new material on this watch they developed called “Magic Gold,” which is a scratch resistant alloy of gold and ceramic used for the case. The case at 45.5 mm in diameter is also slightly larger than the previous Big Bang models and is the first alteration of the Big Bang case since it was introduced in 2005. Take look at their previous Big Bang model to compare at our Hublot Big Bang Black & Steel page.

There are endless amounts of inspiration from Ferrari including a new rotor added to resemble one of the wheels of a Ferrari wheel. Other notable Ferrari theme includes the minute counter that appear as a tachometer and carbon fiber inserts on the side of the case. Not only the Ferrari logo is marked on the profile of the watch but Ferrari’s famous Cavallino can be found at 9 o’clock to give it the humble presence of the brand’s legacy.

The watch also comes with two interchangeable straps that are made to be quickly replaced inspired by a car’s seat belt function. They have even added influences from the interior upholstery of a Ferrari to the stitching found on the watch straps. The Ferrari Big Bang is also available in a Titanium as well. This is a remarkable collaboration that highlights the brilliance and precision of both brands as well as their capabilities of marvelous execution in their trade.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Specifications

Beating at 28,800 vph
70 Hour Power Reserve

Hour, minute and seconds hands, date display
Chronograph Minute Counter

Material: 18kt Yellow Gold or Titanium
Diameter: 45.5mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 100 meters

Black Leather/Rubber

King Jewelers is an authorized dealer for Hublot watches in Middle Tennesse, as well as over forty luxury Swiss watch brands including Bell & Ross, Breguet, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, DeWitt, Harry Winston, Hublot, Jaquet Droz, Montblanc, and Roger Dubuis. King Jewelers is a member of the American Watch Guild and has been named a Leading Watch Retailer in North America by International Wristwatch Magazine. King Jewelers also offers expert watch repair and watch restoration at their retail locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN. For more information on Hublot watches, please visit www.hublot.com or take a look at our Hublot page.


Baselworld 2012 Spotlight: DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Watch!

What’s not to love about skeleton watches? They show off all the intricacies of a watch movement and are still beautiful to look at. That’s why today’s Baselworld feature is showing off the latest release from DeWitt, the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton watch.

This exquisite watch design shows off what DeWitt is known for, the first 100 percent manufacture movement through a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The movement is a DW8028 Calibre hand-winding movement with an integrated tourbillon complication.

With a movement as intricate as this, it’s no wonder that DeWitt opted to show it off with a skeletonized dial. Several elements of the skeleton dial design hark back to an Art Deco influence, including the barrel at the 12 o’clock position (inspired by vintage steering wheels) and the bridges across the tourbillon in the 6 o’clock position.

This geometric Art Deco theme is also carried to the baguette diamonds set in the 18 karat white gold version of this watch. The 36 baguette diamonds are only set in the white gold version of the Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Skeleton watch.

The flange in this version is also set with eight round-cut white diamonds and the engraved DeWitt “W” signature that help server as hour markers. The rose gold version of this watch only has the engraved “W” signature.

 This watch stays true to the entire philosophy of DeWitt, which is an adherence to classical watchmaking with a modern flair in design. It’s pieces like this that sum up where DeWitt watches have come from and exactly where they’re going to go.

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Watch Specifications

Hand-wound DW8028 movement
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Oscillations: 18,000 vibrations per hour
Componenet: 185
Jewels: 19

Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon

Case: 18 karat white or rose gold
Diameter: 43mm
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water resistant: 30 meters
Strap: Brown or black alligator leather
18 karat white or rose gold pin buckle

King Jewelers is an authorized dealer for DeWitt watches in Middle Tennesse and South Florida, as well as over forty luxury Swiss watch brands including Bell & Ross, Breitling, Breguet, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Harry Winston, Hublot, Jaquet Droz, Montblanc, Roger Dubuis and TAG Heuer.

King Jewelers is a member of the American Watch Guild and has been named a Leading Watch Retailer in North America by International Wristwatch Magazine.

King Jewelers also offers expert watch repair and watch restoration at their retail locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN. For more information on DeWitt watches, please visit www.dewitt.ch or take a look at our DeWitt page.