2017 marks the 70th anniversary of a certain automaker that will generate passion among car enthusiasts just like no other. Synonymous with the colour red, this automaker also appears to have the most prosperous team in Formula One. Have you guessed it? The automaker is not any other than Ferrari. As the official watchmaking partner of Ferrari, Hublot introduced the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch to mark the event earlier this season, but this is a new one-off version made from PEEK Carbon and King Gold.The venture of Hublot and Ferrari is now into its fifth year, and it has produced a lot of Hublot’s most audacious and impressive pieces such as the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis (hands-on) watch along with the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch (hands-on with the sapphire case variant), in addition to more familiar Hublot fare such as Big Bang Ferrari (such as the version we reviewed here) editions.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch has been unveiled earlier this season (hands-on), along with the particular version in the materials you see here was created as a one-off piece for auction. It’s a technically impressive view, clearly, with a chronograph function and tourbillon escapement. Designed in collaboration with Ferrari, the resulting watch, with its very architectural and bridge-like case design, seems unlike any other Hublot watch before it.So what’s unique about this watch? Well, the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph view was initially created in three versions — King Gold, ceramic, and PEEK carbon — that were confined to 70 pieces each. This variant, however, uses a blend of PEEK carbon and King Gold together. The skeleton frame that protects the case is made from ultra light and robust PEEK carbon, although the case itself consists of King Gold. King Gold is the title of a gold and ceramic metal developed by Hublot that has a richer reddish colour compared to typical 5N reddish gold and can be much more challenging and more scratch-resistant.
Hublot has unveiled a pair of limited edition Classic Fusion wristwatches created in collaboration with the late Nelson Mandela’s foundation, with a portion of the proceeds from their sale going to the charity.
The House of Mandela, a charitable foundation set up by the former South African leader, worked with Hublot to develop the limited edition Classic Fusion. Limited to 95 pieces, the Classic Fusion House of Mandela is available as a 45mm men’s watch or in a 42mm case set with 1.15 carats of diamonds for the ladies. Both versions are made of King Gold, an 18k red gold alloy developed by Hublot Watches Cheap Price Replica with a colour even more pink than the typical rose gold. The bezel is engraved with Mandela’s signature between 12 and 1 o’clock.
The dials have a vertical brushed finish with the House of Mandela logo, a bee with wings resembling the branches of a tree. The bee is a reference to Mandela’s Xhosa name, Rolihlahla, translating as “he who is brave enough to fetch the honey from the honeycomb” and meaning “challenge the status quo”, while the branches are meant to symbolise a family tree.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of each watch will go to the House of Mandela, which supports charitable projects in South Africa. While the support for a good cause is admirable and should be encouraged, it is hard to reconcile this flashy, pricey timepiece with Nelson Mandela’s image as a humble, forgiving and gentle leader.