Hublot celebrates its 7 years of a close and productive collaboration with Ferrari by presenting a special limited edition Big Bang watch crafted from Magic Gold.
In 2012, the first watch that launched the Hublot x Ferrari collaboration was the Big Bang Ferrari, presented in a ground-breaking and patented alloy, Magic Gold. This gold is almost inalterable once formed and is still considered as the most resistant and hard metal in the world today, while retaining too its own qualities.
Seven years after its creation, Magic Gold remains the only scratch-resistant 18-carat gold. Developed in partnership with EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), it is the hardest gold in the world. “Standard” 18-carat gold has a resistance of 400 Vickers and hardened steel 600 Vickers, whereas Magic Gold approaches 1,000 Vickers. Magic Gold is entirely produced internally thanks to a high-tech foundry installed in the Hublot Manufacture in Nyon, using a complex manufacturing process that “fuses” boron carbide and 24K gold.
Limited to 250 pieces, its 45-mm case and its bezel are cut in the most scratch-resistant solid gold ever conceived, which can only be altered by a diamond. The watch displays the new contours of the Big Bang Unico model redrawn last year by the Ferrari x Hublot team: a tachymeter-style minute counter and a date aperture in gear selector mode; a prancing horse at 6 o’clock and finally a second counter designed like an air extractor at 9 o’clock. The watch is strapped onto black alcantara sewn onto black rubber and displays the red topstitching of the Ferrari upholstery.
Under the sapphire dial, the UNICO manufacture HUB1241 movement guarantees a power reserve of 72 hours and beats at the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The UNICO movement was designed, developed, produced and assembled by Hublot’s micro-mechanics, engineers and watchmakers.
A Flyback chronograph (that can be reset at any time) that is unique in the watch-making industry, with two push buttons, date display, a dual clutch mechanism and a “column wheel’ that can be seen from the dial side. The hour hand is driven directly by the barrel and mechanisms of the chronograph without a spring: increasing both reliability and durability. The pallet fork and the escape wheel are made from silicon—ensuring performance, as they are lighter—fixed on a removable platform escapement.
Model: Bang Ferrari Magic Gold
Limited to 250 pieces
18K polished Magic Gold
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 16.70 mm
Case back: Black-plated titanium and sapphire glass
Bezel: 18K polished Magic Gold with 6 H-shaped black-plated titanium screws
Bezel lug: Black rubber
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
HUB1241 flyback movement chronograph with Unico manufacture automatic winding and column wheel
Date: Calendar display at 3 o’clock
No. of components: 330 (38 watchmaking pieces)
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Straps in black rubber and alcantara, red topstitching
Additional straps in black rubber and Schedoni leather with relief decoration included
Buckle: Black-plated titanium and black ceramic deployant buckle clasp