No one in their right mind would buy the latest Hublot watch without buying a Ferrari first, or at least at the same time. This carbon/sapphire crystal masterpiece is a limited edition of 50 numbered items made in tribute to the LaFerrari hypercar. It might be seen as a miniature Ferrari on your wrist as it is designed to the same standards according to Hublot, the watchmaker.
The watch has a sophisticated, 11-barrel internal clockwork that provides a 50-day power reserve. It has a total of 637 components in the movement alone. The mechanism also includes a tourbillon cage, an arcane device that aims to counter the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement mechanism and balance wheel inside a rotating cage. Its purpose long superseded by modern, yet possibly less-elegant measures, the tourbillon included here is “significantly larger than usual,” featuring a cage diameter of 0.6 inch for even better appreciation of the watch’s mechanical innards. For watch geeks, the inclusion of a tourbillon is the equivalent to pouring out bottles of Cristal on a nightclub floor; you do it solely because you can.
Hours and minutes are displayed beside the spine-like central barrels, indicated by means of rotating anodized black aluminum cylinders. Opposite the time display are the cylinders indicating the power reserve. Reinforcing bars rest on either side, and are made from anodized red aluminum, intended to bring to mind Ferrari’s signature hue. Curiously, the strap is a reasonably simple black rubber affair with a folding buckle.
Pricing is not official at this time but expect something like 2 million Swedish kronor. Plus moms.