2017 marks the 70th anniversary of a specific automaker that tends to generate passion among automobile enthusiasts just like no other. Synonymous with the colour red, this automaker also happens to possess the most prosperous team in Formula One. Have you guessed it yet? The automaker is none besides Ferrari. Since the official watchmaking spouse of Ferrari, Hublot introduced the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch to mark the event earlier this year, but this really is a brand new one-off version made from PEEK Carbon and King Gold.The partnership of Hublot and Ferrari is now into its fifth year and has produced many 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 using the sapphire case version), as well as more familiar Hublot fare like Big Bang Ferrari (such as the version we reviewed) editions.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch was unveiled earlier this season (hands-on here), along with the particular variant in the stuff you see here has been created as a one-off piece for auction. It is a technically impressive watch, of course, using a chronograph function and tourbillon escapement. Designed in collaboration with Ferrari, the resulting watch, with its architectural and bridge-like case layout, seems unlike any other Hublot watch before it.So what’s unique about this watch? The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch was initially produced in three versions — King Gold, titanium, and PEEK carbon — that were confined to 70 pieces each. The skeleton frame that protects the case is made out of ultra light and strong PEEK carbon, although the situation itself consists of King Gold. King Gold is the title of a gold and ceramic metal developed by Hublot that includes a richer red colour in comparison with typical 5N reddish gold and is also much more challenging and more scratch-resistant.
Designed by pop artist Romero Britto and executed in champlevé enamel, the Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto puts the Brazilian artist’s recognisable motifs on the wrist.
With his brightly coloured and easily digestible works, Romero Britto’s work has proliferated across countries and products, ranging from sculpture and painting to hardshell luggage. And now it has inevitably made it to Baselworld, with the Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto. The dial is designed by Britto, in his typical mix pop art and Cubism, and then created using in fired enamel. The dial is created with the champlevé enamel technique, which starts with the white gold dial disc being stamped with the outline of the motif (historically the design is hand-engraved). Each of the cells in the stamped design are then filled with enamel. Filling in the design is done one colour at a time, with each colour being fired in an oven after application. That means several trips to the oven are necessary to create a dial that is vivid, glossy and fade resistant.
This has the standard, 45 mm Classic Fusion case with a black composite resin insert under the bezel. It’s equipped with the Classico HUB1302 movement, a slim, hand-wound calibre with the seconds at seven o’clock.
Two versions are available, the first is in black ceramic in a limited edition of 50 pieces with a price of US$39,100, and the second is 30 pieces in platinum for US$67,800.