Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Exclusive

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Exclusive

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Hublot really did something special with this watch, and it looks just great. Totally epitomizing what fresh Hublot designs can feel like. In addition to the great King Power model based design, this watch has two special innovations that you will really like.  First, is a world's first developed by Hublot - a red sapphire crystal. A few years ago Rolex developed a green colored sapphire crystal for their Milgauss watches. Hublot has done the same but with red. How cool does that look? Of course the crystal is just slightly red, so as to still be transparent.

You have to understand that this isn't merely a red tinted or colored sapphire crystal, the actual crystal itself has that red color to it. On the edges of the crystal you can see the rich red tone, and the dial itself is hued in red a bit as a result of the red lens. Of course, the hands and hour markers that are already red have enhanced colors due to the red sapphire crystal.

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

The second technical feature that is new is an in-house skeletonized Valjoux 7750 movement. Those watches that utilize 7750s are already modified by Hublot, but here Hublot has actually skeletonized the movement. One image here is of light penetrating though the movement, showing that you can see right through to the other side in parts of it. The combo of the black titanium screws, carbon fiber bridges, sapphire plate under the dial, custom tungsten carbide rotor, and skeletonization makes this feel like so much more than your average 7750 automatic chronograph movement. To make room for the F1 logo on the dial, Hublot removed the subsidiary seconds dial. If you want to measure seconds, you can use the chronograph.

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

The mostly red and black dial with the white trim really talks to me. It is very tough to go from a three dimensional Hublot dial back to most other watches. The majority of other dials start to look really flat after seeing the style of King Power dials. Despite the complexity, the large hour markers have a very high contrast, and have applied SuperLumiNova. Those, mixed with the minute indicators on the flange ring, make for a very easy to read timepieces. The hands are of course super bold and sport. Here painted (microblasted) in a bright red, they have a softer look that some other Hublot hands due to the paint, but have an incredible ability to pop out visually. Part of the dial look like they are floating around due to the fact that there is another AR coated sapphire crystal in the case that the hour markers (for example) are mounted on.

Aside from the time, the watch has a 12 hour chronograph and the date. You can see the date wheel around the dial, and you read the date where the transparent disc has the white marker behind it, located at about 4 o'clock. The showiness of the dial is balanced by the matte finished case. In matte black ceramic, the case is 48mm wide, with composite resin in the middle, and the caseback is a titanium plate. The screws are all black titanium. The bezel, crown, and pushers are each molded with rubber. The case materials make it feel good to the touch. Hublot often has highly tactile products that are intended to offer a variety of textures, finished, and colors. That rule is no different here.

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

The strap is a cool material and matched to one of Hublot's excellent fold over deployments with a tuck in strap. Really comfy, even with a big watch like this. The strap itself is make from Nomex, which is a fire retardant material that Formula 1 race car driver suits are made out of.

Which leads me to the point of the watch - being another timepiece as part of Hublot's partnership to be the official watchmaker of Formula 1. First there was the basic Hublot Formula 1 watch, which will be followed by a number of specifically themed watches such as this Formula 1 Monza watch - dedicated to the famous race track in Italy. The high tech looks of Hublot watches certainly do match with the high-tech looks of Formula 1 race cars - a fact that is hard to deny. The Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza watch will be limited to 200 pieces and have a price of 26,900 Swiss Francs. Quite pricey, but given the demand for a watch like this, Hublot won't have any trouble selling out.

Hublot King Power Formula 1 Monza Limited Edition Watch Hands On Exclusive   hands on

Technical specs from Hublot:

Hublot King Power F1 (Formula 1) MONZA

Case: “King Power”, diameter 48 mm in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel: Micro-blasted black ceramic with moulded black rubber, and 6 relief black PVD H-shaped titanium screws, FORMULA 1 MONZA inscription in red
Crystal: World 1st Sapphire, solid red color
Bezel: Lug Black composite resin
Lateral Inserts: Black composite resin
Case-back Micro-blasted black ceramic
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Screws: Black PVD titanium
Water resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM

Dial: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment, multi-layered, with additional matt black counters, red indexes, white SuperLuminovaâ„¢, metal-plated F1 logo at 9 o'clock, red and white minute track

Hands: Micro-blasted red with white SuperLuminovaâ„¢

Movement: Mechanical skeleton chronograph with automatic winding, carbon bridges, Hublot calibre HUB4400
No. of Components 252
Jewels: 27
Bridges: Micro-blasted black chrome
Screws: Black PVD
Oscillating Weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Main plate: Micro-blasted black chrome
Barrel With reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve 42 hours

Wristlet: Adjustable black rubber and Nomex strap with red stitching

Clasp: Micro-blasted black ceramic and black PVD steel

Series limited to 200 pieces numbered from 01/200 to 200/200

10 comments
Mike Richmond
Mike Richmond

In the video Biver says that Monza is where Ferraris are built. That is incorrect; having lived in Monza for eight years, I can tell you with confidence that there is a race track there where the Italian grand prix is run, but Ferraris are built in Marinello, far from Monza. In fact, if there were any race linked to Ferrari, it would be the no longer run Grand Prix of San Marino, which was held at Imola (near Marinello and Ferrari headquarters) and run at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

I find this mistake on Biver's part simply amazing. It underscores that all of this is mere marketing, and it really does not matter what "Monza" signifies, as long as it is something that people will pay tens of thousands of dollars to have on their wrist along with "Hublot." All the pretentiousness is rendered absurd by the fundamental error in signifance. And it underscores Hublot's lack of real pedigree, history and significance. They can't even fake it correctly.

I'd rather own a Swiss Made Quartz Ferrari Chronograph from Ferrari itself for $500 or a Tag Heuer Monza chronograph for $2000 or so.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Ariel,
I understand your point. I have been privilege to proper sales venues for such timepieces in Switzerland and France and understand that Hublot does retain control of their "market." I also understand that concept and design expense is heavy in the fine watch industry. I suppose that I would have to experience the timepiece 'en personne'. I have had a chance to look over other models from Hublot and appreciate their craftsmanship and uniqueness. I guess that being a "regular joe" my cage was a bit rattled by the price in comparison to other racing inspired chronographs (such as the BRM on my watch-winder). But, alas, I'm sure that Hublot will fare well with this timepiece.

Jonathan
Jonathan

This gorgeous watch seems to represent a recurring theme as of late...charging way too much for what you are actually purchasing. The watch is indeed well-made and handsome, however, the price only reflects the status that the watch is meant to entail. Watch companies are trying to flex their "exclusivism", however, with the globally shrinking watch market (sans Japan) this tactic may prove futile. Swiss watch design firms need to be careful for the ice is growing thin. After all, a few days back I read about a race inspired luminox, although quartz, is less than a grand (anyone?). I think Hublot has put too much "bang" for the buck in this nifty time machine.

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

@ WatchMark - That price is correct. Obscene for a 7750 based watch though at $26,500. I'd rather have 5 $5K watches.

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

This "wrist wrecker" looks like it's highly radioactive. I know Biver is a creative genius, but he has elevated the marque to allow only the
obscenely wealthy swells to indulge his wares.

WatchMark
WatchMark

This price cannot be correct. You could buy both an Audemars Piguet Offshore and a Rolex Submariner with ceramic bezel for the price of one of these Hublot watches. The price is definitely incorrect...

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

Love: The carbon bits, the detailed face, the red accents, the case finish, the tungsten rotor, and the new hybrid strap.

Hate: The the red tinted crystal. That comes off as a cheap novelty to me.

Knowing Hublot, I can expect we'll start seeing a whole Skittles rainbow of hues soon. Same watch, diff color accents, and now crystal tint to create the excessive variations on a theme that Hublot loves to do.

Kris C.
Kris C.

This is definately something to covet, and with the skeletonization and tinting, this really does view the world through rose-coloured glasses.
For that price, I'd definately want nothing to do with any F1 logos or sentiments. I've never been a fan of that at all,and I feel it cheapens the brand.

My biggest grip here is the 7750! Don;t get me wrong, I love that movement, but there has not been a Hublot post since your expose on your visit to the Swiss facility, where you mentioned this new UNICO movement that was supposed to be better than the 7750. A ballsy statement, but considering it came from someone of merit, I've been anxiously waiting to see it in action. Why not on this offering? Espcially considering it was made for thier chronograph King Power models... isin't this one of those?

admin
admin

Is it expensive yes? But Hublot is a clever business, and charge what they can receive. The work they put into the 7750 is far more expensive that the movement itself. It is easy to complain when we cannot afford it. Trust me I felt that way when I was wearing the watch, but when it comes down to it, Hublot is able to properly sell these watches, so the exclusive component of their strategy does in fact work.

admin
admin

Russ,

To be honest, if you saw the crystal, I think you would change your mind. It is really cool, and doesn't detract at all. I tried to takes images in angles where you can really see the red, but it is mostly a gentle tint most of the time.

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