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Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Now at the end of 2016, Hublot has just announced an interesting update/addition to a collection of watches which represents the brand’s most important partnership – that with Ferrari. Three new models showcase some cosmetic changes to the Big Bang Ferrari case, pushers, and dial, with a design which Hublot claims is a bit more inspired by the Ferrari automobiles themselves.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Hublot announced their relationship with Ferrari back in 2011, and in 2012 they released the first collection of Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari watches. Later, in 2014, I did a review of one version of the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watch here. These 2016 Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari watches continue the successful theme, but with a look which clearly further integrates an aesthetic inspired by actual Ferrari car details – a good thing.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Perhaps the most notable new element of the 2016 Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari watch is the thoroughly redesigned and refined dial – which again is mostly sapphire crystal over a skeletonized view of the movement. The 60-minute chronograph subdial, which includes an integrated date indicator is directly inspired by the distinctive tachometer gauge used on many Ferrari instrument panels. This is a cool design which I think any Ferrari fan will appreciate. Hublot further offers new hour markers and hands, and has moved the placement of the Ferrari prancing horse logo to 6 o’clock. The new hands are a fresh look from Hublot, and I’ll wait until I see them in person to make a final judgement. The same goes for the “revolving” style of the hour numerals which are positioned in a circular fashion as opposed to all being oriented the same way. I tend to feel that I prefer the original layout of the hour numerals, but as I said, I’ll wait to see the watch to have final thoughts. In all, the dial certainly has the most automotive feel out of all the Big Bang Ferrari watches to date.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

You’ll also notice a new bezel design, which has countersunk notches for the bezel screws. This has a more “engineered” feel than the traditional Hublot Big Bang bezel, and doesn’t look too bad. Traditionalists will probably prefer the existing style at first, but I think the new look has merit, and new things may take a bit of time to appeal to loyal fans of the collection.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

My favorite design updates for these 2016 Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari watches are those of the crown and the pushers. The crown maintains its neat twist and lock system from before, but has an updated look. The pushers in the old version were cool, but now are more streamlined and set into the case. They are inspired by pedals from Ferrari car cabins, and are complete with dual red stripes that meet on the crown. While you can’t see it in any of the pictures, the other side of the case now has “Ferrari” emblazoned across the left-side profile of the case.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Overall, case dimensions are unchanged at 45mm wide (water-resistant to 100 meters), and of course the cases retain the useful quick-release buttons for the straps set into the lug structures. You still need to get replacement or alternate straps directly from Hublot as the strap attachment system is proprietary. Inside the watch is the existing and robust in-house made UNICO mechanical movement. The automatic movement has a flyback chronograph (with a column wheel transmission) and operates at 4Hz with 72 hours of power reserve. The pallet fork and escapement are made from silicon. Overall, I’ve been quite happy with this movement when I’ve tested it in the past.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari Watches Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

The initial run of these updated Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watches will be represented by three limited-edition versions. First is the reference 402.NX.0123.WR in titanium, which is limited to 1,000 pieces and priced at US$26,200. Next is the reference 402.QU.0113.WR in black carbon (looks to be black ceramic, but I’ll get to see firsthand the type of carbon this is in the future) which is limited to 500 pieces and priced at $28,300. Last is the reference 402.QU.0113.WR in 18k King Gold (basically, red gold) which is limited to 500 pieces and priced at $42,000. hublot.com

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  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I wonder what the Alt-Right thinks of these Hublots?

  • SuperStrapper

    A Hublot article? I’d like some advance warning so I can have popcorn ready.

    • word-merchant

      Save it for the next Bremont homage to homage to obscure pilots or whatever.

  • Tõnis Leissoo

    Same, same but different!
    http://imgur.com/gallery/fpZWi7D

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Hublot is on a roll, first the Supersonnierie 2 posts before and now these Ferrari pieces. But sadly, I am saving for the 2017 Richard Mille Fiat Panda tribute, after all the Felipe Massa editions goes unsold.

  • Aww…it’s got a little pony on it!

  • speedwing

    These looks really nice!

    • word-merchant

      No.

      • speedwing

        Yes

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Was there a hair on the lense?

    • Bill W

      It was a Publot.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        As in pube,…………………………..i got it !

        • Bill W

          OK, so when you say “take my wife, please” you don’t mean as an example. You want me to literally take your wife. Away. Because she’s horrible. I get it.

      • Jon Heinz

        *wins*

      • Gokart Mozart

        Pubone?

        There is only one.

  • David Williams

    Not for shrinking violets – but neither are Ferrari cars, so the watch is appropriate for its target market.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    If you have the car, the watch will finish off that douche look.

    • Juan-Antonio Garcia

      Doubt that the real owner would buy one of these. These are more for the wanna be crowd.

    • word-merchant

      No-one buys Ferraris any more. They buy Bugattis and MacLarens now. These watches are as relevant as Hillary Clinton is honest. Now the rotund Cheeseman has ejected, the brand is flailing.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Poor Hilary. At least Trumpty Dumbty isn’t taking the matter further.

      • Bert Kanne

        Your absolutely right! Ferrari’s are so passe. I see 5 Bugatti’s and 10 McLaren’s for every Ferrari cruising around the San Francisco Bay area. Time for Hublot to make some $100,000 watches for these suffering car owners too!

    • Gokart Mozart

      Mr Wilkie, I disagree, about the car at least.

      The Hublot’s are for douches, and I do not know what they were thinking when they went in to collaboration with Hublot.

      They have gone from Girrard Perreaux to Panerai to Hublot. A very downward spiral.

      At the same time Maserati are partnered with AP.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        My question is why. Why must these brands try and tie in with each other when they are poles apart. Petrol heads and Horologists are like mixing oil in water.

        • Gokart Mozart

          I got two reasons, one is money. If you can afford a Ferrari you can afford a Hublot. Like wise Mercedes/IWC, BMW/Ball etc and vice versa

          Secondly, if you are a real man you like Cars, watches and hi fi.

          Nextime you watch Top Gear check out the watches the guys wear. However you strike me as not being a fan of Jezza.

          Ken Kessler, don’t know if you have heard of him but he writes about hifi (from where I know him) but also about watches.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Money money money, makes the world go round and i can see that in a saturated market watch brands will sent out tentacles, however vague to generate more income.
            Sure, if your the sort to think ” if you’ve got it , fault it ” but very few ( i think ) will take any interest in the piece itself and more in the car. The watch is a mere trinket.
            I use to be a fan of top gear, but it now not really about the car but a very scripted show with 3 idiots having a laugh in cars far out of reach of most pockets.
            Last time i looked i was a man, not quite sure what you mean by ” real man ” It might be because i don’t have a licence to drive or i have little interest in hifi , i’ll leave that for you to decide.

  • Ulysses31

    Funny how softening up those hard edges improves the look so dramatically. It’s almost as though someone at Hublot finally cares about design. On a bracelet it would look even better, but then Hublot don’t do new-fangled things like bracelets as far as I can tell. The company manoeuvres about as well as an oil tanker. Incremental improvements like this take far too long.

  • Bill W

    I assume the strap is alcantara.

    • ??????

      Aged swiss cottage cheese

  • awildermode

    In the second to last photo, in the main article, why is there a HAIR across the photo? Or, is that a crack in the camera lens?

    • SuperStrapper

      Especially bizarre considering its a marketing image…

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Somebody please think of the children.

    That’s it…

  • Roman

    I wonder how the partnership with Hublot helps Ferrari to sell more cars.

  • Jon Heinz

    I have a better shot at affording the watch than the car, so there ya go. My favorite hube is the ol’ BBK Black Magic though.

  • Shinytoys

    I like the little horse, even though it does block the open movement. Maybe the horse was put there to trick the eye making the horse dance…

    • ??????

      The horse is best part of this watch

  • Larry Holmack

    I kind of like these, but then again I like bee stings! ( a line stolen from Chuck Barris ).

  • Mike Darwin Brown

    Just seems a bit too much and ugly! Seems like it’s going in the opposite direction of the Ferrari and at the same speed!