The Big Bang Theory fuses with il Cavallino Rampante
Angus Davies reviews the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium, a watch that will appeal to the Tifosi.
The “art of fusion” is the strap line adopted by Hublot. They have established themselves as pioneers of combining different materials in the pursuit of avant-garde horology.
When the Big Bang was launched it was a universal hit and has enjoyed global success. It is a watch design which divides opinion, those who adore the unique horological architecture and those who vehemently don’t. I fall into the former group. Some of the models capture my attention with the original combination of space-age metals, ceramic, and carbon fibre.
Hublot are pioneers of design and I applaud their approach. It is brave to eschew convention, when following the pack may be strategically safer. However, Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, clearly had a vision and his insight has paid off.
Hublot has been a keen supporter of sport, associating itself with those who push the boundaries of human performance. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to see the recent partnership with Ferrari, a brand which constantly pushes the performance envelope with its octane powered athletes.
The first love child to be spawned by these two superbrands is the Big Bang Ferrari. It comes in two variants; “magic gold” and titanium.
Magic gold is the product of exhaustive research by Hublot. It is 18-carat gold which has scratch resistant properties. This underlines Hublot’s mastery of materials.
I have elected to write about the titanium version watch, which I recently had the good fortune to handle.
The movement is visible through the dial. Roman numerals are used to indicate the even numbered hours. Batons are used to convey the odd numbered hours.
The numerals and batons are satin-finished rhodium-plated with a distinct three dimensional quality.
At 3 o’clock a sub-dial is a minute counter reminiscent of a Ferrari 458 rev counter, with red and yellow detail. Within the minute counter is a date aperture located at the most easterly position.
The hour and minute hands are satin-finished rhodium plated, white SuperLuminova, partly skeletonized, near the centre of the dial.
The chronograph second hand is white and features the Hublot logo as a counterweight.
The chapter ring consists of grey numerals in steps of five, white minute marks and red integers indicating 20 second intervals.
The Ferrari logo, il Cavallino Rampante, is presented in satin finished rhodium-plate, located on the dial, to the left of centre.
The case is 45.5 mm, satin-finished titanium, featuring a bezel constructed of the same. The bezel features six H-shaped screws synonymous with the Big Bang range, presented in titanium, countersunk, polished and locked.
Adjacent the bezel are protruding sections of black composite resin, providing contrast to the titanium.
The vertical sides of the case are a marriage of black composite resin and carbon fibre weave.
The crown is detailed with a series of rectangular shaped black resin trims offering grip and visual interest. The crown is a screwed down type, helping to achieve water-resistance of 100 metres.
At the centre of the crown is a rubber insert bearing the Hublot logo on its vertical plane. The H of the logo on the crown cleverly corrects to ensure that it is always perpendicular to terra firma. It is this attention to detail that distinguishes this piece of horology and makes it worthy of carrying the Ferrari logo.
The chrono pushers are rectangular in shape. They unusually hinge near the crown, an action similar to a floor mounted accelerator pedal. The Ferrari nomenclature features on the chrono pusher at 4 o’clock and a black rectangular shape is detailed on the 2 o’clock pusher, a styling detail often replicated on the watch.
This watch contains a Unico movement. This is Hublot’s own in-house movement.
The Big Bang Ferrari Titanium has a chronograph and a self-winding movement.
Look through the sapphire crystal caseback and you will see an unusual shaped rotor, a scaled down facsimile of a Ferrari 458 wheel. The rotor is satin-finished with micro-blasted black coating.
The power reserve is approximately 72 hours. The movement compises of 330 parts, underscoring the engineering integrity of the calibre.
The smooth action of the chrono-pushers will delight the owner and again confirms that the Unico calibre is beautifully engineered.
The watch comes with two interchangeable straps with an innovative quick-change system. Press the buttons on the front of the case, at both the top and bottom, and the strap easily disengages in a user-friendly method without the need for tools.
One strap is rubber with leather central section, similar to the perforated finish found on sections of a Ferrari 458 steering wheel.
The other strap is rubber, with a central section in alcantara and contrasting stitching in red.
Finally, to further delight the owner, the strap is fitted with a deployant buckle. This aids both wearer comfort and improves the longevity of the strap.
This watch sits comfortably on the wrist with its well judged dimensions, comfortable strap and deployant ensemble.
Hublot should be congratulated for its Unico movement. I always admire brands who make the significant financial investment necessary to achieve the claim of “in-house” or manufacture movement.
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium has retained much of the design language of other Big Bang models, but has embraced flourishes of Ferrari style, adored by Tifosi across the universe.
It is ultimately the product of the partnership between these two brands which is exceptional. Hublot has gone beyond a simple logo or name on the watch, repeatedly harnessing automotive reminders of the cars from Modena.
The collision of these two brands has produced explosive results which many across the universe, myself included, will find difficult to ignore.
I am sure some watch lovers and Tifosi alike may remark when seeing this watch, “il mio amore unico”. My only love.
Model: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium
Case: Satin-finished titanium; diameter 45.50 mm; height 16.7 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and back.