Baselworld 2017: Hublot Techframe Ferrari Design

Baselworld 2017: Hublot Techframe Ferrari Design

To celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the Italian marque and its partner Hublot are presenting a new original collection. Conceived with the same approach used for designing a car at the Ferrari Design Centre and integrating Hublot’s watchmaking expertise, the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites Hublot and Ferrari. The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions — King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium — each of which is produced in 70 limited editions. It is destined to be a collector’s item.

Designed by Ferrari, crafted by Hublot. This is the principle that prevailed for the design and perfecting of the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph. A team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot. This new line in Hublot’s collections is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari’s DNA—combining strength, performance and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot manufacture. A perfect fusion of the automotive and watchmaking worlds.

The Ferrari Design Approach

Created and designed by Ferrari, under the leadership of Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is like one of the super cars produced in Maranello. And with good reason: this watch was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes as that used to develop a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight.

“The styling of the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph underlines the performances of the watch and no component is there by chance”, explains Flavio Manzoni. Thus, the black structure on the dial holds the chronograph counters and offers excellent legibility. The crown at 4 o’clock —raised by a black PVD Titanium insert decorated with the famous Prancing Horse—reduces the size of the watch to the greatest possible extent, and increases its aerodynamic look. Finally, the red push-button is strategically placed to facilitate its use—even when driving—and makes the design more ergonomic.

The Hublot manufacture took this design by Ferrari and applied its expertise in engineering, materials and watchmaking, to make these aesthetic and technical concepts feasible. The result is a chassis case with a modular construction of three components—skeleton middle, container, and back cover—that is true to the styling imaged by Ferrari. Available in King Gold, Titanium versions, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is also offered in PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) Carbon, a multi-layer hypo-allergenic material—made from particularly long carbon fibres—that is extremely durable and reliable. An essential for this very open case. This is not the only innovation: two lateral push-buttons make it easy to change the strap, whilst offering maximum security. As with all of the coloured components of this new Techframe, the two lateral push-buttons are made in the famous P485 Ferrari red. The back cover of the case is engraved in black with “Limited Edition, No. XX/70”, and the sapphire back is adorned with “Ferrari 70 Years”.

Under the bonnet of the thoroughbred

Treated with ruthenium anthracite, this finely tuned “engine” also stands out by its imposing tourbillon that is visible on the dial. Thanks to an ingenious construction principle, this innovative mechanism offers both the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. This double advantage is made possible by a sapphire crystal, which is practically invisible, placed above the cage that rotates once a minute and holds the upper part of the tourbillon using a bridge.

The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o’clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o’clock. The sapphire dial reveals the cutting edge mechanics that it shelters, and an external raised section holds the timer. A matt black block designed by Ferrari, affixed to the sapphire holds a race-inspired twin half-second counter at 3 o’clock, the minutes counter at 11 o’clock and the column wheel at 1 o’clock—the brain controlling this sleek chronograph with tangential coupling. The highly technical interchangeable black rubber strap is fitted with a folding clasp with a cover in PVD titanium with a plate decorated with King Gold, PEEK carbon or titanium, with the Hublot logo.

Already a collector’s item

The fruit of an intense and unique collaboration between car designers and a fine watchmaking manufacture, the sleek Techframe Ferrari signals a new era in the partnership between Ferrari and Hublot. Produced in three versions—King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium—each in 70 limited editions, this new timepiece is already a collector’s item. We expect to receive this model before the end of the Summer 2017. To check out our current Hublot collection please click here.

TECHFRAME FERRARI 70 YEARS –TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH

References

408.NI.0123.RX (Titanium) – Limited to 70 pieces

408.OI.0123.RX (King Gold) – Limited to 70 pieces

408.QU.0123.RX (PEEK Carbon) – Limited to 70 pieces

Case

Skeleton in titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium), King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) or Unidirectional PEEK Carbon

Diameter: 45 mm

Thickness: 14.80 mm

Back

Titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium) or King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) or Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon)

LIMITED EDITION, No. XX/70″ engraving in glossy black lacquer

Crystal

Sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-reflective treatment

Back cover

crystal Sapphire with internal anti-reflective treatment, adorned with “Ferrari 70 Years”

Water resistance

30 metres or 3 ATM

Dial

Sapphire, highlight in matt black varnish, counters in matt black varnish

Hands Satin finished, Rhodium treated (Titanium and PEEK Carbon) or 5N Gold (King Gold) and white SuperLuminova®

Screws

Black PVD Titanium H-screws (Titanium and King Gold) or Titanium (PEEK Carbon), polished head, micro-blasted cavity and notches

Crown

Titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium) or King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon)

Insert in black PVD titanium with engraving of the Ferrari logo (Cavallino Rampante), indexed, double sealing system

Push-button

Lever in Red (Ferrari) anodised aluminium, micro-blasted

Switch in black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted, polished head

Movement

HUB6311 – Manual winding Tourbillon Chronograph, developed and manufactured by Hublot

Number of components 253

Frequency 3 Hz (21’600 Al/h)

Power reserve

115 hours

Strap

Smooth black rubber (interchangeable)

Folding clasp in Black PVD Titanium and Titanium or King Gold with Hublot logo filled with glossy black lacquer

Strap holding system

Support block in Titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium), King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) or in Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon)

2 push-buttons in Red Ferrari anodised aluminium, micro-blasted (Titanium and PEEK Carbon) or Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (King Gold)