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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

It is difficult to believe that Hublot is already entering their fourth calendar year of partnership with Ferrari as their official timekeeper and high-end watch maker. The relationship was debuted in late 2011 and at Baselworld 2012 aBlogtoWatch brought you a hands-on look at the evolved Big Bang pieces that became the Hublot Ferrari watch collection. According to Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver the Big Bang Ferrari collection is the most important modern Hublot timepiece not only in terms of what it means from a business perspective, but in regard to how much effort Hublot put into it.

I’ve referred to the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari as one of the finest timepieces Hublot has ever made and a few years later I stick by that statement. Mr. Biver had an additional incentive to make a standout collection for Ferrari in addition to making the famous Italian car maker happy. Hublot wanted to dispel the “Ferrari curse” that tainted several of the prior relationships Ferrari had with major Swiss watch brands– most notably Panerai. He wanted to make a Hublot and Ferrari co-branding timepiece that worked.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Last year in 2013 we once again went hands-on with the newest Hublot Big Bang Ferrari timepieces. Hublot augmented the debut models with new versions that mixed and matched materials and colors. What remained was the still-fresh 45mm wide Big Bang case, in-house made UNICO chronograph movement, and overall design. While the 2012 Big Bang Ferrari watches offered Hublot’s hybrid ceramic/gold called Magic gold, as well as a titanium case, 2013 began to include additional materials such as ceramic and carbon fiber. 2014 isn’t really about adding new materials, but rather about new color treatments and styles which happen to be pretty sharp looking.

Easily my favorite new 2014 model is the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Carbon with its black and yellow tones. The case is in black ceramic while the bezel is in carbon fiber. The dial offers an exposed view of the movement does in a deep gray almost rhodium tone, while yellow ads a very bold accent color to the hands and markers. The combination of materials and colors feel particularly cool even though nothing strictly new is added to the collection.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

What the Ceramic Carbon model is good at is offering a particularly clear view of the dial’s three dimensional construction. Looking at it from an angle, you can see the crisply rendered stencil-style font hour numerals as well as the detail of the movement below. In case you missed it– as does happen with people who are seeing this collection for the first time– the Ferrari prancing horse logo is located to the right of the 9 o’clock hour indicator.

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Inside all Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watches is the in-house made UNICO ref. 1241 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement. It has 72 hours of power reserve, the date, time, and a 60 minute chronograph. The movement still feels very modern and has a look which is both industrial and high-end in its feel. The automatic rotor is designed to look like a car wheel.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari New Ceramic, Titanium, And Gold Watch Models For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Attached to the watches are nice looking straps that fit the theme of the watch. The Ceramic Carbon model has a black leather strap lined with rubber that has yellow contrast stitching. Don’t forget that the case has a quick release system for the straps in the form of a pusher over the lug portion of the case that releases the strap. Most of these watches come with two straps so swapping them out is very simple.

The most simple and actually least expensive (relatively speaking) of the new Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watches is the Titanium Carbon model. This combines a titanium case with a black carbon fiber bezel. It also has a red tinted sapphire crystal. This model is very similar to a 2012 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watch in an all carbon fiber case. For 2014 that previous model replaces the case (not bezel) with titanium versus carbon fiber. This is perhaps one of the most modern and futuristic looking of the Big Bang Ferrari models that doesn’t just look like an attempt to play with rich colors and textures.

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  • Grinnie Jax

    Nice Invicta

  • Fraser Petrick

    Every three months, for about a two day period, I want a Hublot Big Bang. And then I get over it. (It’s a male hormonal rhythm thing). At my age, and what with my shish kebab stick wrists, I’d look unbalanced physically and otherwise. I’d have to have two Big Bangs, one for each wrist, so I wouldn’t tip over.
    However, of all the Whopper Bling watches, the Hublot is always at the top of my if-only-I-were-younger wish list.

  • Ulysses31

    Dear Mr and Mrs Biver.  
    It’s about your son, Hublot.  Apart from being mercilessly mocked for being the only child in the school named “Hublot”, and the unfortunately all-too-obvious natural deformities he was born with, I nevertheless feel there are certain aspects of his behaviour that, if mitigated, could help smooth his eventual transition into adult society and potentially even win him some new friends.  Little Hublot is lonely.  He often stares into shiny objects at his own reflection and in a desperate attempt to lash out at the cards fate has cruelly dealt him, chooses to deface his appearance even more.  It pains me to see the things he does to himself.  He’ll steal make-up from the girls’ bags and smear it all over his face while muttering how much of a “pretty boy” he is.  Sometimes he’ll swear at the bigger, stronger boys just so he’ll receive a beating and end up bruised and bloodied.  It appears little Hublot approves of the way the bruising makes him look; all manner of purples, blues, lilacs and other hues that should never be seen on a face.
    Ultimately I believe such self-destructive behaviour is a cry for attention and in that respect he succeeds, but at the rate he’s going I fear for his sanity and indeed, his life.  Please consider changing your parenting style before we are forced to call in the authorities and have him adopted by a family who respects his name and will allow him to flourish with dignity.  

    Sincerely,
    A concerned teacher.

  • LapYoda

    Although Hublot has never been my cup of tea as most of its designs have been overwrought, oversized, overpriced monstrosities, I do find myself appreciating the details in these pieces – particularly the gold model.  With its brushed gold bezel, three-dimensional dial with chunky gold numbers, and unique case, I actually like its looks quite a lot.  I also think these models have a nice detail touch where the bezel screws are carried over into the rotor design at the ends of the spokes (though the lack of screw alignment typified by the AP Royal Oak still bugs me).  It’s like a more industrial-looking IWC Ingenieur. 

    If they can put this much detailing into their other lines, perhaps they would be appear more worthy of their premium pricing.  But I give Hublot kudos for this one.

  • vmarks

    LapYoda  AP Royal Oak screws actually are aligned. The screw slot is parallel to the side of the octagonal bezel all the way around the bezel. Why Hublot doesn’t align the H slot in their bezel screws, I do not know. AP made the task easy by using the hex head.

  • LapYoda

    vmarks LapYodaThat’s why I said the *lack* of screw alignment.  Maybe my phrasing was awkward, but yes, I know the Royal Oak’s screws are aligned.

  • I’ll never like the co-branding, regardless of who’s doing it, and this being a Hublot article there will be more than enough haterade being splashed around in haphazard fashion, so I’ll go ahead and make a compliment. 

    The 3/4 view of the dial, showing the richness of the applied markers and design details is magic. The Ferrari logo ruins everything, but get that out of the way and the attention paid to the dial is outstanding. If you really liken this to an Invicts, I’d have to suggest that you saw the brand in question, maybe caught a glimpse of the watch as you furiously scrolled to the bottom to add your 2 cents. Invicta couldn’t manage that level of attention to detail in a million years.

  • Grinnie Jax

    You cleverly omitted the word “nice”. I mean that they tend to affect similar soul strings, but certainly at a much different level, i.e. Hublot = Royal Invicta.

  • Ulysses31

    SuperStrapper Haphazard, design is haphazard regardless of how well implemented it is.  I don’t think anyone here is stupid enough to question the finish or attention to detail.  That’s not even the main thing that Invicta gets wrong (although their quality is abysmal), as it’s perfectly possible to produce low-cost watch with a decent level of quality.  It’s the seemingly superfluous, almost random elements squashed together in one timepiece like so many multi-coloured remains of soap bars that baffles some of us.  Some individual elements look great but they are then spoiled by being forced into that one Hublot trademark design, and it doesn’t work.

  • Grinnie Jax  I omitted nothing. Watches are art. Art is subjective.

  • Spaceguitar

    Like said before….get rid of the horse and I actually quite like this one. Still probably too big for my wrists, but the dial is quite nice. Yellow against black does sit well with me.

  • Ulysses31 Not sure if I completely agree. I think these are busy-looking by merit of deciding against an actual dial. If the watch had a dial between the movement and the markers, etc, it would look much less ‘haphazard’, and that is a trait shared with almost all no-dial or ‘skeleton’ watches – which is why I generally don’t prefer them in general. I don;t think the elements in these models are random, but the view of the movement underneath them is muddying the waters. Nice applied numerals and markers, a logical minute track, and an applied sub-seconds dial with a pretty great date wheel integrated into it. In terms of Hublot whiffing hard on a design ethos, this watch wouldn’t even make the top 10 list. 

    I think the wrist view posted is very telling. From that short distance, the look is actually pretty clean, and there’s no trouble telling the time. The trademark Hublot case construction looks great on that model, even though I’m not a fan of rose gold. 

    Regardless, to each his own, and I’m no Hublot defender. Most brands make beautiful watches and ugly ones at the same time, and Hublot is no different, but for some reason they’re just easy to hate on.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Sometimes two pieces of art from totally different worlds make you feel a bit queer in rather same way… And yes, we are all here totally subjective, no need to mention that.

  • Ulysses31

    SuperStrapper Ulysses31 It’s not the dial part I find a problem with.  Actually, especially with the yellow and black model, I think the dial looks good.  It’s what lies outside of that that looks odd to me.  For example, the curious triangle motif you see on all these watches between the lugs.  It looks like something from the hull of the Battlestar Galactica.  Things like that leave me a little puzzled.

  • Grinnie Jax  … alrighty then.

  • Ulysses31 I was just taking a closer look at that as i was making my last comment. That is new to this case design I think, that used to just be a clean panel. It almost looks like it wants to be a push release for the strap, which would be very cool (I’ve made several Big Bang straps in the past, it’s not always fun), although I do still see the strap retaining screws, so I doubt it. 

    That is a curious element though, and I share in a lack of appreciation for it.

  • David Bredan

    SuperStrapper Ulysses31  That little triangle motif (in between what traditionally were the strap holding screws) actually is a quick release button for the straps. I believe it debuted with the Oceanographic 4000M diver and it does considerably shorten the time it takes to remove the straps.

  • Ulysses31

    David Bredan SuperStrapperUlysses31 Oh OK.  It’s not on all the Hublots i’ve seen so I figured it was decorative.  I still think it’s weird though.  Look at this vintage Seiko Hublot…
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MENS-VINTAGE-KING-SEIKO-DAY-DATE-QUARTZ-BLUE-DIAL-652-/271411456437?pt=Wristwatches&hash=item3f316229b5

  • mcv1973a

    Most of you know my opinion of Hublot. I see no need to repeat myself here.

  • Fraser PetrickThe Hubolots on each wrist need to match (steel or gold only) so you will look like a gladiator (or a tribune) wearing wrist gauntlets. You can point to the pony on the watch dials and tell people they are Argento and Scarto (the horses “Silver” and “Trigger” on the breast plate of Russell Crowe’s armor) just like in the movie Gladiator.

  • David Bredan So if I were to walk up to someone wearing a Hublot with this stap system, I could press the button and make their $30K watch fall to the floor (or into my thieving hand)? I hope it takes more than a single press to release the strap. Otherwise this seems like a pick-pocket’s wet dream.

  • antjay

    The comment section of a Hublot review is always more interesting than the article or the watch its self .

  • antjay

    Just the thing for the west coast rapper to compliment their equally tasteful Ferrari based low-rider .

  • antjay

    mcv1973a that’s a big call !

  • mcv1973a

    You win the internet.
    Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

  • Fraser Petrick

    MarkCarson Fraser Petrick And don’t forget Champion, Gene Autry’s horse.
    (Hmmm…from Hublots to horses: the power of H.)

  • spiceballs

    No Hublot fan but I’m with Lapyoda on this as the carbon-yellow works for me, together with strap release and rather nice  auto movement showing on the reverse side.  So Mr Biver if your prices approach my earth then maybe  – – ?

  • mcv1973a

    @antjay I’ve got to follow my heart on this one…

  • DG Cayse

    Is Dennis Rodman the new Hublow ambassador?

    Missed opportunity if not.

  • marbstiu

    There is nothing elegant about that pink-coated glass

  • David Bredan

    @MarkCarson You may see how it works in the hands-on video that Ariel did of one of these pieces: http://youtu.be/R8ipY367nic?t=5m2s (it should start just at the part where he changes the straps on the watch).
    @Ulysses31 I quite like that, actually!!

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