When a brand like Hublot states that they’ve created their most complex watch to-date, it’s worth our while to sit up and take notice. Of course, if you pair that development with a Brazilian icon of motorsports, well, then you know you’re in for some visual flair as well. Technically it isn’t their most complex watch, but perhaps it is from a case and construction standpoint.
Hublot has been on quite a rampage as of late when it comes to design. The most recent example (prior to the watch we’re discussing here, that is) is of course the 50-day power reserve MP-05. If you dial back into the archives a bit, you’ll see that these design experiments started with the MP-01, where the first tonneau case showed up. Interesting side note on that case – it was literally Hublot trying to see what an Hublot mixed with Richard Mille design would look like.
But enough about history – let’s move on to the newest model in the Masterpiece lineup. Hublot has had a long-standing relationship with the Senna family; this newest model (the MP-06 Senna) is in honor of Ayrton – specifically, his 41 victories and three championships. Why those specifically? Well, they’re introducing three variants of the model (for the championships), with 41 pieces of each variant (there’s the victory count) being created.
Aside from the mini replica helmet that comes with the watch, there are a few other motorsports touches to be found in the watch. Most prominently, you’ve got the Senna logo applied at the 9 o’clock position; secondarily, you have the perforated leather on the strap that calls to mind driving gloves.
There is another automotive tie-in, albeit an unintentional one, I’m sure. The MP-06 only has a water resistance rating of 30m, so it’s not supposed to be exposed to much more than a splash. So, much like a high-revving race car, you’ll want to head for the pits at the first sight of water (no, rain tires for watches aren’t a thing).
And now, I’ve saved the best influence for last…