Hublot build on their superb F1 portfolio of watches with the latest - the Hublot F1 King Power Monza. The piece was unveiled as a celebration of the iconic Italian Grand Prix circuit, The Autodromo di Monza where each year thousands of tifosi quite literally turn the tree-lined track red with Ferrari flags and merchandise. Uniquely the King Power Monza features a red tinted sapphire crystal which Hublot describe as resulting in "unprecedented brightness", and if the image is anything to go by it would appear that M. Biver and his creative team have once again produced a stunner. It seems to me that of late, whether it is in matters of trick design details or global marketing, Hublot have the uncanny ability to cause other in the industry to wonder "now why didn't we think of that.....?"
The 48mm piece features an openworked dial with an added layer of sapphire crystal. The hour markers and F1 logo at the 9 o'clock position have been applied to this crystal giving an ethereal 3D impression. The hands and markers are an eye-pleasing combination of red and white superluminova and the black ceramic bezel is inscribed with "Formula 1 Monza".
The Hublot Calibre HUB4400 with power reserve of 42 hours is at the heart of this striking piece which comes presented on a black rubber and Nomex (the flame resistant material found in racing overalls and gloves) strap with complimentary red stitching.
The Hublot F1 King Power Monza will be a limited edition of 200 pieces worldwide and has the added kudos of being unveiled on a weekend which produced the first Ferrari win at the circuit since 2006.