The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White appears at first glance very much like something produced by Richard Mille, together with the skeletonized dial and tonneau-shaped case. This really is a chronograph watch, though such is not immediately apparent due to the discreet black pushers and also a great deal of detail about the dial which originally can divert the eye from the chronograph’s registers. Featured at 3 o’clock is the 30-minute counter, followed closely by a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and running seconds at 9 o’clock, which is also signed with Hush’s name. An exposed date ring runs on the periphery of the dial, framed by a perforated white border at 4:30. The central second hand comes with a Hublot-logo counterweight plus black-plated tip using a slender strip of white luminescent material, which also features on the chronograph register hand and hands markers.The case of the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White is made from micro-blasted black ceramic, which ought to offer the eye with good scratch resistance. Maintaining the monochromatic theme is really a contrasting white porcelain bezel, affixed to the case using six titanium screws with a polished black PVD coating. The case measures 42mm in diameter and can be 14.10mm thick, and though Hublot have not given the case length, I anticipate this watch will wear quite significant. The case is also water-resistant to 10 ATM (roughly 100m) which combined with the challenging ceramic should make this a competent sports watch. Notice, however, that while ceramic is extremely hard, it is also brittle, which is a concern for a wristwatch that stands 14.10mm tall and may thus be prone to knocking against things.
Hublot‘s collaboration with Ferrari has been a fruitful one, spawning several dozen wristwatches including the exotic, engine-shaped MP-05 LaFerrari. That list just got longer with the launch of the redesigned Big Bang Ferrari Unico.
The new Big Bang Ferrari is a variation on the previous generation, with the same mix of automobile-inspired elements in the design, like a wheel rim-shaped rotor and brake pedal chronograph pushers. But the new models have added detail on the dial and case, for instance bezel screws set in recesses, as well as more fluid lines on the case.
The case remains 45mm in diameter, with a quick-release system for swapping straps. And the movement is the Unico, Hublot’s in-house chronograph calibre.
Three versions of the new Big Bang Ferrari are available (pictured below from left): a 1000-piece limited edition in titanium, 500 pieces in carbon composite, and another 500 pieces in 18k King Gold.
Price and availability
The Big Bang Ferrari will be available starting early 2017 from Hublot retailers and boutiques.
Titanium ref. 402.NX.0123.WR – US$26,200
Carbon ref. 402.QU.0113.WR – US$28,300
King Gold ref. 402.OX.0138.WR – US$42,000