Share Replica Watches — This week sees the opening of the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, a perfect opportunity for Worldtempus to take a closer look at the partnership between Hublot and legendary car maker Ferrari.
What is there to say about a partnership between a watchmaker and an automobile manufacturer? Well, for one thing, the relationship has to be solid and powerful, particularly when we’re talking about Hublot and Ferrari, considered probably the most successful car brand in history.
Jean-Claude Biver, president of Hublot.
Since the start of their partnership in 2011, the two brands have participated side by side in more than 130 events, acting as host and guest by turns. It’s not just a simple sponsorship deal with a few watch designs on the back of it. Hublot is Ferrari’s exclusive watch partner, with 360° visibility of all the car maker’s activities. As maker of the Official Watch, Official Timekeeper and partner of Ferrari’s special events, the two brands are involved in a genuine dialogue, exchanging resources and information, driven by their shared passion for excellence.
Drawing inspiration from the car, the Nyon-based Swiss watchmaker has accelerated into a high-octane world of speed and power. To complete the partnership, in 2011 Hublot began to make cheap replica watches inspired by car design. 2013 saw the launch of the first MP-05 LaFerrari, followed in 2016 by an update in sapphire. Let’s take a look at these two rather unusual-looking timepieces.
MP-05 « LaFerrari » All Black
A watch that looks like a car? Hublot made this a reality in 2013. On its launch, the MP-05 LaFerrari, with its unmistakeable resemblance to a car engine, caused quite a stir, and secured numerous devotees. In order to make it a fitting tribute to Ferrari’s engineering prowess, Hublot gave the watch a 50-day power reserve, which remains a record today. The watch also set another record for Hublot: with 637 components, it contains more parts than any watch it has ever made.
The black PVD titanium timepiece doesn’t look like your average wristwatch: its unusual shape and sapphire ‘cockpit’ are clearly reminiscent of a racing car. The watch, which features a suspended vertical tourbillion, is driven by a hand-wound manufacture movement powered by eleven series-coupled black-coated barrels. The hours and minutes are displayed to the right of the barrels on black anodised cylinders. A second cylinder on the left shows the power reserve. Reinforcing bars on each side are picked out in Ferrari’s racing red.
MP-05 « LaFerrari » Sapphire
This variation on the MP-05 LaFerrari is an ode to its case material: sapphire. The anti-reflective, polished sapphire crystal marks a new departure for Hublot enthusiasts. The almost completely transparent Swiss replica watches comes with a transparent silicone strap fitted with a sapphire and titanium clasp. Just 20 of these ultra-rare MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire watches will be produced.