Hublot Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
Hublot celebrates nine decades of motorsport excellence.
The union of Hublot and Ferrari has been a meeting of the minds. Starting with 2012’s Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold that championed the watchmaker’s patented, nearly scratchproof 18K gold, the eight-year partnership has seen the birth of more than 50 highly coveted collaboration pieces that are exciting, powerful and innovative in equal measure.
And this year is no exception. To commemorate the founding of Scuderia Ferrari in 1929, Hublot unveils the Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary, a limited-edition watch outfitted with team colours. It is available in three versions: platinum, 3D carbon or sapphire—chosen to illustrate the development of the materials used in car racing over the years.
The early years of Scuderia Ferrari are represented by the platinum model (below). Its case and stitched perforated strap take their design cues from the brushed metal dashboard, exposed metal parts and leather bucket seats of vintage racing cars, while the skeleton dial with its bright yellow accents gets its good looks from early speedometers.
If its platinum sibling forges a link with the past, then the second model evokes the spirit of present-day Scuderia Ferrari through 3D carbon (below). This strong yet lightweight composite material can be found in the construction of the team’s current crop of racing cars. Other key signifiers include the timepiece’s black and red colourway, which matches the livery of Scuderia Ferrari’s single-seater Formula 1 cars, and its strap in Nomex, a fire-resistant polymer from which racing drivers’ suits are made.
Bridging Scuderia Ferrari’s present and future beautifully is the third iteration (below) with its transparent sapphire case. This is by no means an easy material to work with, but Hublot has certainly mastered it here. The brand says the choice of sapphire “demonstrates the extreme sophistication that technology is heading towards and the possibilities it offers for the future” in both car manufacturing and watchmaking. Of the three, this version has the most pared-down aesthetic, with its largely monochromatic dial, bar red ring for the chrono counter and yellow date window.
Distinct personalities aside, the Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary models share similar characteristics too. The first thing that strikes you is their size. At 45mm by 17.1mm, the case is hefty, to say the least, and something that’s hard to grasp through pictures alone. That said, it also means that the watch has an undeniable presence on the wrist—an impression which is reinforced by the eye-catching bezel made of ceramic carbon, the same material utilised by the brake discs of Formula 1 cars.
The Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary is driven by a simple and decidedly unpretentious basic column-wheel chronograph movement. With a power reserve of 72 hours, it gets the job done. But if you think about it, that’s all you really need when zooming up and down the North-South Highway in your Prancing Horse.
|45mm platinum, 3D carbon or sapphire|
|Sapphire crystal skeleton with yellow, red or black hands, numbers and indexes, chronograph minutes sub-dial with yellow date aperture at three o'clock and Ferrari logo at six o'clock|
Self-winding Unico Manufacture Calibre HUB1241
|Black rubber with leather (platinum), Nomex (3D carbon) or Kevlar (sapphire)|
|Hours, minutes, flyback chronograph|
RM155,900 (platinum), RM131,800 (3D carbon), RM260,400 (sapphire)
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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