Steve Huyton takes a closer look at the Hublot MP-05 La Ferrari

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Although Hublot was founded in 1980 the company has enjoyed its most significant transformation since the appointment of Jean-Claude Biver in May 2004. Seven months later the Big Bang was launched and subsequently won the prize for Best Design at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. This iconic series of watches are literally available in hundreds of different versions with numerous design configurations and material choices.

Over the last few weeks I have had numerous conversations with Hublot who are incredibly proud of their association with Ferrari. The Italian supercar giant has enjoyed several partnerships with watch brands. This current association has certainly produced some exciting timepieces including the glorious MP-05 La Ferrari.

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Essentially the MP-05 La Ferrari looks like a concept watch. I’m really glad Hublot took the bold decision to produce this monumental timepiece. The measurements of this watch are 57.15mm x 51.10mm x 26.25mm tapering to 19.90mm. Clearly the case of this piece is colossal but the use of titanium and carbon in construction should bring the weight down dramatically. On that basis I would imagine it would be suitable to wear for most occasions.

Visually the watch’s futuristic looks won’t appeal to the faint hearted. In my opinion this is one of the best looking timepieces the company has ever made. The design of the façade exudes masculinity and replicates the engine of a car. Anodised black aluminium cylinders with SuperLuminova™ markings display the hour, minute and second functions. These are operated via the time-setting crown cleverly positioned under the case. There is also a large aperture showcasing the suspended vertical tourbillon. This entire splendor is encapsulated in highly durable sapphire crystal.

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Hublot have equipped the MP-05 La Ferrari with their most intricate caliber to date. This incredible 108 Jewel mechanical hand wound tourbillon movement comprises 637 components. Unbelievably the timepiece has a world record 50-day power reserve that is enabled by an ingenious system of 11 barrels. These are arranged in a column formation and support each other rather than discharging energy separately.

The sensational MP-05 La Ferrari is limited to an exclusive series of 50 numbered pieces.

Priced at 300,000 CHF.

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