Ferrari has gone through a number of watchmakers over the years, from Girard-Perregaux to Panerai. These days the duty falls to Hublot, but rather than apply the Prancing Horse logo to one timepiece, Hublot has come out with a steady stream of limited-edition watches in collaboration with the famed Italian automaker.
This latest one is the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Singapore Limited Edition and is crafted around a ceramic case with all manner of red accents. It has a red sapphire crystal face, red hour and minute indices, and two interchangeable straps: one in red rubber with black trim and the other in black leather crafted by Schedoni, which makes the fitted luggage for Ferrari trunks with red stitching, both buckled with a black PVD titanium clasp. The red color, of course, is closely associated with the exotic carmaker, but also the southeast Asian island nation to which this timepiece remains exclusive.
Inside the 45.5mm black ceramic case sits Hublot’s in-house 1241 Unico flyback chronograph movement which can be rest at the push of a button at any time. The movement is comprised of 330 components, frequents at 28,800 vibrations per hour, has a 72-hour power reserve and date window, and is water resistant to 10 atmospheres (100 meters).
Set to be officially unveiled during the Singapore Grand Prix at a special exhibition in the Paragon atrium in September, this particular Hublot will be made available in a limited run of 50 examples exclusively through the Singapore-based luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass.
has just announced its newest addition to the Middle East in The Avenues-Prestige District.This marks the seventh location for Hublot in the UAE.
On May 22, 2013, a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, attended by Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, and the Behbehani family, long-standing partners and friends of the brand in Kuwait.
Thinking of Formula One will probably bring to mind images of glamorous races in locations like Monaco, Italy and Spain. But while F1 was once a predominantly European series, these days it includes grands prix in locations as far-flung as Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. Few of those locations, though, have had as long-standing a relationship with the top-tier motor racing series as the United States. To celebrate F1’s return to America, the sport’s official timekeeper is launching the special-edition
After hosting a few pre-war grands prix in the early 1900s, the United States Grand Prix was held every year from 1958 through 1980. Things got a little spotty after that, with races briefly resuming in Phoenix from 1989, not to return again until 2000 when the USGP was held in Indianapolis. That ended in 2007, but F1 is about to make a big comeback at a new circuit constructed near Austin, Texas, to be held in mid-November. (A second race is slated for the shores of the Hudson River in New Jersey, but has been delayed til 2014.)
The Hublot F1 King Power Austin is the latest in a range of timepieces made in concert with Formula One’s organizers. It’s based on the Swiss atelier’s celebrated King Power watch, but with a few unique touches. For starters, you might have noticed the brake-disc that replicates the carbon-ceramic brakes on an F1 car and renders it in titanium and carbon fiber affixed to the 48-millimeter titanium case as its bezel. The screws and lugs are fashioned from titanium and black resin, and beneath the sapphire crystal and detailed red dial complete with F1 logo, of course rests Hublot’s own 27-jewel HUB4100 movement. The automatic mechanism features a date window, chronograph function and 42-hour power reserve.
The timepiece straps to the wrist with black hornback alligator leather, complemented by red stitching and a black PVD deployment buckle. Only 250 examples will be made, each individually numbered.
tend to focus mainly on the mens market, when time is of the essence to everyone gender aside. While theres a seemingly endless database of luxury timepieces for men to choose from, the options are not as wide for women. That said, if youre on the hunt for a high-end womens watch for either yourself or a special lady friend, there are only a few labels you should look towards to get the same quality that is found in those mens pieces that look like they should be behind glass at a museum at all times. I searched high and low for those timepieces, and found the best of the best womens luxury watches over $10,000.
Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver Special Edition Watches The classic Lady Diver watches by Ulysse Nardin feature steel and rubber, and at around $6,600, are not quite up to par with their special edition watches in the same line. For $15,000 and up you can get on-trend by adding your favorite color in a bright hue. I dont know about you, but Im totally on board with luxury brands adding color to their products, straying away from the idea that luxe objects need to exude seriousness. High-end can be fun, too, and I think that including a pop of color adds a personal touch to your luxury item, as well. Ulysse Nardins Lady Diver watches come in purple, red, blue, and yellow. $15,000 will get you a 40 mm stainless steel case with colored bezel and a mother of pearl dial set with diamonds and sapphire crystals. If you want to step it up a notch, just replace the stainless steel case for rose gold for around $20,000. Both styles feature self-winding movement, an exclusive rubber bracelet in your favorite hue, and a deployant clasp. Photo Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin
Harry Winston Ocean Lady Zalium Watch The next womens luxury watch comes from a veteran in the business: Harry Winston. The labels Ocean Lady Zalium Watchs rubber band gives it a sporty look; however its diamond-studded dial brings it to a luxe level. Zanium, a blend of zirconium and aluminum, is a material that is signature to the Harry Winston brand, and is said to be hypo-allergenic and resistant to corrosion. It also has the added perk of being a lightweight metal; however I predict that the 36 mm cases two rows of diamonds and sapphire crystal case-back counteract that feature. The ladies chronograph sells for upwards of $28,000, and has an automatic movement with a Swiss quartz movement on the inside that results in just the time and minutes being outwardly displayed. Photo Courtesy of Harry Winston
Girard-Perregaux Cats Eye Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie Watch If diamonds are your thing, the Cats Eye Tourbillon by Girard-Perregaux is for you. This luxury watch sports a feminine design that has a narrow, oval-shaped face that is characteristic of the collection. The entirety of the case and face are set with baguette-cut diamonds 287 of them to be exact, which amount to almost 20 carats. Girard-Perregaux doesnt use just any old diamond over 700 hours of work were put into the strict selection, precise cutting, adjustment, and setting of every stone to make this intricate timepiece. Even the cases crown is set with twelve more baguette-cut diamonds and adorned with a special rose-cut diamond. Its no wonder the price for this impressive haute joaillerie watch is $490,000. Photo Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
DeLaneau Open Magic Watch The Open Magic Watch comes from a label that we havent covered before, however this watch certainly makes its presence known. DeLaneau calls itself the jeweler of watches, and from the looks of the Open Magic model, Id have to agree. The slender, bracelet-like watch features a gold coil that connects to a satin strap. Its Bell poque-style case features up to 5 carats of diamonds, (depending on the style) that protects a black onyx and mother of pearl dial. At an astounding $1.5 million, DeLaneaus Open Magic Watchs dauphine-style hands and diamond hour markers complete its luxe look. Photo Courtesy of DeLaneau
Hublot Big Bang Ladies Watch The priciest model on our list is brought to you by Hublot, a pillar brand in the luxury watch industry. The Big Bang style was first introduced in the form of a mens watch, which gained copious amounts of attention for its overwhelming diamond-studded make. The brands version for women is just as impressive, with a more delicate touch. The Hublot Big Bang Ladies watch made its debut earlier this year at BASELWORLD in Switzerland. The bejeweled timepiece has an astounding 1,282 diamonds (thats more than 300 carats-worth) and, at $5 million, is Hublots most expensive timepiece to date. Photo Courtesy of Hublot