Has it really been six years since Swiss watchmaker Hublot announced its partnership with Italian sports-car icon Ferrari and its racing team, Ferrari Scuderia Corsa? Indeed it has, and since that time the Ferrari team has racked up its milestone 100th victory, conquering the competition at Le Mans, Indianapolis, Daytona, and Sebring, to name just a few legendary tracks. To commemorate the “championship centennial,” Hublot unveiled last week its latest ultra-exclusive timepiece, the Big Bang Ferrari Scuderia Corsa Limited Edition.
Limited to just 25 pieces, the watch uses authentic carbon fiber from Ferrari Scuderia Corsa’s 488 GT3 racing machine, incorporated into its 45-mm-diameter case, which also features, in Hublot’s now-familiar “fusion” tradition, a cornucopia of other high-tech materials. The disk-brake-inspired bezel mixes carbon with ceramic; the H-shaped screws that fasten the bezel to the carbon casebody (with streaks of Ferrari red) are made of black PVD-coated titanium; the screw-down winding crown combines black PVD titanium with black and red composite resin; and the red calfskin leather strap is lined with black rubber. Beneath a nonreflective sapphire crystal, red lacquered hands sweep over a sapphire dial with red lacquered hour markers and an applied Ferrari emblem.
The sapphire viewing window in the black PVD titanium caseback continues the Ferrari theme, enhanced with ‘SCUDERIA CORSA” ‘RACING WITH FERRARI,” and a “100” commemorative inscription. Through this decorative pane, you can catch a glimpse of the movement, Hublot’s skeletonized, self-winding Unico HUB1243, made entirely in-house at the brand’s manufacture in the Swiss town of Nyon, outside of Geneva. Equipped with a flyback chronograph function driven by a column wheel, it also powers the speedometer-type date display at 3 o’clock on the dial, which is encompassed by a subdial for the 60-minute chronograph counter. Made up of 330 components, including 38 jewels, the Unico movement beats at a frequency of 28,800-vph (4 Hz) and stores a power reserve of 72 hours, or enough timekeeping autonomy to last you through the Triple Crown of Endurance Racing — the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 12 Hours of Sebring — with half a day left to spare.