Back into the Hublot HUB6311 movement, it’s done in Ruthenium-coated Anthracite, and Hublot also boasts of an “invisible” crystal above the cage which holds the top part of the tourbillon utilizing a bridge. I will have to wait to watch this in action carefully, but Hublot states that the result is the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon while supplying the stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points.The watch is 45mm wide but 14.8mm thick, which is fairly sparse, thanks partly to the manual-winding motion. The crown is at 4 o’clock with the chronograph pusher over it that Hublot asserts is an ergonomic decision – though I could envision an errant digit or thumb hitting the pusher accidentally when adjusting the crown. That would be slightly annoying, even if the movement weren’t enough to begin the chronograph. But I am just speculating and nitpicking here.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph is a stunning but not gaudy tribute to Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, although we don’t have images of this golden version yet, the titanium and PEEK Carbon (that’s carbon made with especially long fibers for durability) look absolutely incredible to me. I’m a pretty major fan of Hublot, however I think even people who say a few of their offerings are “too much” will be able to enjoy the layout here. Of course, that admiration is going to be done similarly to many admiration of Ferrari’s cars: by a distance. Coming in 70 pieces of each model, the ceramic version will be priced at $127,000, the carbon model at $137,000, and also the King Gold version will cost $158,000. Hublot designed a persuasive 3-sided sapphire crystal case that tapers at 6 o’clock especially to exhibit the dual rotation of the bi-axial tourbillon. Not merely the case was produced to put the bi-axial tourbillon front and centre, the new movement was created with maximum visibility of this mechanism in mind. So, yeah, this Hublot is all about being seen and the result is a wristwatch that’s unlike any other.
A unique piece created for Only Watch 2013, the Hublot Red’n’Black Skeleton Tourbillon is the first wristwatch to have a red ceramic component, in this case the bezel.
The bright red ceramic bezel of the Red’n’Black Skeleton Tourbillon has the same property as its common black or white cousins, namely scratch resistance. Red is a thematic colour for Only Watch – the Patek Philippe ref. 5004T is similarly coloured – being the state colour of the Monegasque flag.
Bezel aside, the rest of the watch is mostly a standard Hublot Skeleton Tourbillon. The 45 mm case is in black ceramic, while the movement is an in-house open-worked tourbillon calibre with five day power reserve.
Two addition details reflect the red theme: around the aperture for the tourbillon is a red anodised aluminium ring, echoing the red bezel. And most obviously the strap has red stitching.
This Hublot, along with the rest of the Only Watch 2013 timepieces, will be sold on 28 September 2013 in Monaco, with all proceeds going to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Details of the sale can be found on the Only Watch site.