When there are technically four different references, they’re all functionally the identical watch offered with distinct case substances and diamond configurations.At their heart, these watches are the Hublot Big Bang Chronograph powered by the calibre HUB4100, which is an automated movement that offers 42h of power book and beats in 28,800bph. I feel the HUB4100 is predicated off the ETA 2894-2 or is a modified version of it.I’m sure, given that the Las Vegas link and Hublot’s polarizing designs generally, you won’t be surprised when I say these watches won’t be to everyone’s tastes. The first two variations start off using a microblasted black porcelain case, while the other two are a combination of ceramic and anodized aluminum and are put with 212 black diamonds.The bezels on each of the watches vary also, with the easiest being a black ceramic like the case and also the more elaborate ones with anywhere between 48 to 114 diamonds set in them. The most exclusive option — limited to one piece only — includes the 48 baguette cut diamonds. These watches are ideal for somebody who’s searching for some bling (possibly to indicate that they have had a successful run in the tables) and isn’t particularly picky regarding legibility. Maybe it is the provided press images or could just be me, but it feels like legibility was not a vital consideration in the design procedure.
Hublot adds two models to the Big Bang Ferrari line-up, the result of a partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Italian maker of supercars, including the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, a tribute to the Ferrari NART.
Soon to be unveiled at Baselworld 2015, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic is styled in black and red, the classic colours of Ferrari. And the second model is the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, modelled on the colours of Ferrari NART (short for “North America Racing Team”), the American-backed team active in the sixties and seventies that competed in endurance races, winning at Le Mans and Daytona. Both the new Big Bang Ferrari models are in 45 mm in diameter, with cases in ceramic with black composite inserts. A black mesh inspired by Ferrari grilles, the dials have a Ferrari prancing horse inset at nine o’clock. And the minute register at three o’clock integrates the date window with a skeletonised date numeral against a bright yellow backing.
Schedoni leather-covered rubber straps – the Italian firm is the maker of Ferrari leather goods – are standard, and are easily interchangeable by pressing the button on the lug. To complete the automotive aesthetic, the straps are painted with a racing stripe. And Inside is the HUB 1241 Unico movement, Hublot’s modular, in-house chronograph calibre with a flyback function, fitted with a rotor inspired by a hubcap. Each model is limited to 250 pieces, with pricing to be revealed at Basel next month.