This weekend’s celebration of Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix will not have quite the unbridled joy the Scuderia team would have hoped.
The absence of crowds, coupled with sitting sixth in the constructors championship and with their star driver Sebastian Vettel announcing this week that he is moving to Aston Martin, will take the shine off the party.
But Hublot is not letting the current travails get it down. The long term timekeeper for Ferrari, a partnership that began in 2011, will be confident that the good times will return, and is showing its unbreakable support for the 1000th Grand Prix with the release of two new Big Bang watches, limited to 20 pieces each.
First on the grid is a 45mm polished white gold watch engraved with “Limited Edition x/20” on the back and designed to honour the history of Ferrari.
It is sold with two straps, one in Pecari leather — like the leather gloves previously worn by drivers — with white top stitching, and lined with black rubber. The second is made from embossed black Schedoni leather with black top stitching, on the same rubber base.
The second Big Bang represents the present and the future of the F1 team. It comes in a 45mm case made of carbon ceramic, the same material used for supercar brake discs and developed by Hublot jointly with Scuderia Ferrari. It comes on a woven strap made from SuperFabric as well as a second leather strap made from embossed black Schedoni leather with black top stitching on a black rubber base.
Both are equipped with an Hublot Unico Manufacture movement with a flyback chronograph with column wheel and a power reserve of 72 hours that can be seen through a crystal on the back of the case that bears the logo “1000 GP”.