Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph
2017 GPHG Sports Category Finalist
With 200 miles an hour supercar inspiration, and lightweight skeletonised styling, the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph by Hublot and Ferrari looks fast standing still.
Much more than your average limited edition, when the worlds of motor racing and watches converge in brand partnerships, the extraordinary Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is the result of a unique technical cross-collaboration between the burgeoning horologic might of Hublot, and Maranello's in house design team, whose hands-on involvement defines the ergonomic profile of this anniversary celebration.
Applying the same codes of design and construction as used on their most exotic sports cars, the stripped-back lattice work and anodised scarlet chrono pusher bakes Ferrari's DNA onto Hublot's made-to-measure tourbillon chronograph HUB6311 hand winding calibre, in a dramatic, lightweight, high cost conversation stopper.
Light it might be; subtle it is not, and on the dial the essentials of the mechanism are laid bare, with the motion of the tourbillon dominating the lower half of the three dimensional face. The chronograph seconds and 30 minute counter like a dashboard cluster are printed in Ferrari font numerals, and the iconic logo is prominent at the 9.
How will it fare in the GPHG 2017 Sport category? You couldn't really ask for a more sport influenced watch than one designed by the same people who engineer the most idolised cars in motorsport, and it is a racy thing indeed, but in recent years, the jury have veered more towards the conventional, and less towards the eccentric (which is a word I use approvingly), although this year might conceivably be different thanks to the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph and MB&F's Aquapod.
The Watch Press prediction
No. As adept as the Ferrari people have proven themselves to be in design, and how technically accomplished the realisation by those at Hublot, if trends continue, it will be between Grand Seiko and Tudor. But there's that MB&F too. And the Ulysse Nardin.
BUCKLE: Folding clasp
MOVEMENT: Self winding mechanical. Power reserve: 115 h, 21'600 vph
FUNCTIONS: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph, Tourbillon
SIZE: ø 45 mm
THICKNESS: 14.8 mm
WATERPROOFNESS: 30 m
PRICE EXCL.VAT: Est. c. CHF 120'370