Can’t afford the LaFerrari, how about the watch?
A limited edition watch has been produced by Swiss watchmaker Hublot as a tribute to the LaFerrari. And with a production run of just 50 pieces, in one sense it will be even more exclusive than the 499-unit production-series electric hypercar.
Dubbed the MP-05 “LaFerrari,” the watch was developed – in technical and design terms – entirely in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari teams. They share a number of common points. Able to boast no fewer than 637 components, the movement is equipped with a Tourbillon – a device to counter gravity and considered an indicator of great watchmaking virtuosity – and has a power reserve of approximately 50 days. This exceptionally long charge comes thanks to the watch’s 11 barrels, arranged in a line just like a spinal column and interconnected so that they do not each discharge in turn but support each other.
The watch is finely wrought in terms of shape, featuring a complex shaped sapphire crystal clearly reminiscent of the car’s outline, as well as an open case-back, and is made from black PVD titanium. It is topped by a titanium and carbon insert in its centre, revealing the winding crown. The time-setting crown is positioned under the case. Both are completely integrated into the design, and therefore practically invisible.
The movement has an original display, featuring first off on the front vertical face the small seconds indicated by means of an aluminium cylinder fastened onto the suspended Tourbillon cage (significantly bigger than usual with a cage diameter of 14.50 mm, for even better appreciation of the mechanical parts). The hour and minute are displayed to the right of the barrels, also indicated by means of one anodised black aluminium cylinder each. On their left is the cylinder indicating the power reserve. Reinforcing bars either side, made from anodised red aluminium, bring to mind Ferrari’s red signature.
A small detail, but one which makes reading the time easier; on each cylinder the size of the numerals has been maximised with white SuperLuminova™, to enhance the display for ease of reading. This is all rounded off by a rubber strap with a special folding buckle in black PVD titanium.
The presentation case is made from schedoni leather and carbon fibre. It contains the specific tools for winding the watch, and its design was also inspired by the world of motoring.
As for that all-important price? Sadly that detail hasn’t been released, but if you need to ask, you might be better off saving for an actual Ferrari instead.