Hublot Throws Ferrari Fans a Bone With Its 1,000th Grand Prix Watch
The limited-edition Big Bang celebrates the history of Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 team
Fans loyal to the historic Scuderia Ferrari F1 team haven’t had much to celebrate lately. Despite hitting a truly historic milestone on Sunday — where the racing outfit not only took part in its 1,000th Grand Prix race, but did so at their homebase of the Mugello Circuit where F1 had never raced before — their drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel ended with an 8th place and 10th place finish after all was said and done.
In Formula One’s own recap of the winners and losers of the day, the Ferrari team was labeled the latter. Happy anniversary, indeed.
Which is why we’re happy to announce that Hublot, at least, has managed to offer up an appropriate tribute to Scuderia Ferrari in the form of two limited-edition timepieces. To celebrate 1,000 grands prix, the Swiss watchmaker has released the Big Bang Ferrari 1000 GP in white gold and carbon ceramic models, both extravagant upgrades to Hublot’s previous Ferrari offerings.
While not as long as Scuderia Ferrari’s time in Formula One, which dates back to the inaugural season in 1950, the racing team and Hublot have had a long and fruitful partnership since 2011. For these special editions, the company has kept the same general styling as other Big Bang models — the generous 45mm case, the open-faced chronograph movement which slight red and yellow accents on the dial nodding to the marque’s color scheme — but made more than a few improvements, both on the face and under the hood.
The movement is actually slightly different, the UNICO HUB1243, which features a 72-hour power reserve, flyback chronograph, column wheel and automatic winding. And while the white gold is our choice for aesthetics (the 18K case and bezel look killer on the Pecari leather strap that recalls the team’s driving gloves), the carbon ceramic material on the other is exactly the same used in the F1 cars’ brake discs. Now there’s a conversation starter.
Of course, despite the team’s recent hard times, there are more than enough Ferrari disciples to snatch up both of these up, even at a price of $52,600, as there will only be 20 of each style made.
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