Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 "LaFerrari": The Ferrari LaFerrari Finds a Friend

Up until recently, my favorite watch designed for a supercar was the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370 made for the Bugatti Veyron.  Not any more thanks to the Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 “LaFerrari”.  Created to look like the engine block of the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Hublot MP-05 is the latest scion of the marriage between Ferrari and Hublot, the latest Hublot Ferrari watch.  
 
And, man it’s cool.  Much cooler, in fact, than its elder siblings, the Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold, Big Bang Ferrari King Gold Carbon, Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari, etc.  They were essentially variations on Hublot’s Big Bang.  But, this one, the MP-05 LaFerrari is a whole different animal.  It was 100 percent designed, developed and produced by Hublot to be a unique, uncompromising and technologically innovative timepiece, befitting its namesake, the LaFerrari.
 
What makes it so special.  Well, just look at it.  Does it look even remotely like your typical Hublot or even like any other a-typical watch?  No?  That’s because it isn’t.  Let’s start with the power reserve.  Fifty day.  The MP-05 has a 50-day power reserve, which, incidentally is a record for a hand-wound tourbillon.  This functional longevity is achieved through its eleven barrels interconnected and arranged to mechanically support each other.  The barrels running down the center of the watch look an awful lot like the valve cover off of a Ferrari.

The case is black PVD Titanium and houses the 637 component, 108 jewel tourbillon movement.  Admittedly, at first glance, the Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 “LaFerrari” is tough to read.  Once you figure it out, though, it become pretty easy.  Here’s how Hublot explains it:

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.

The unfortunate side effect of designing an unconventional watch is that everyone needs to relearn how to tell time.  Oh well.

Hublot is making only 50 examples of the Masterpiece MP-05 “LaFerrari”.  Price is around $300,000.  So buy your Ferrari LaFerrari for $1.3 millon and toss in a few hundred thousand more.  This watch is probably worth it.  For more info, check out the release and tech specs below.

Tech Specs
Reference Number: 905.ND.0001.RX
Edition: 50 Numbered Pieces
Case: Black PVD Titanium
Functions: Hour, Minute, Seconds, Power Reserve
Features: Suspended Vertical Tourbillon, Time Setting System Under the Case, Invisible Manual Winding, 11 Series-Coupled Barrels, SuperLuminova Indices
Number of Components: 637
Jewels: 108
Frequency: 3 Hz
Power Reserve: 50 Days
Movement Dimensions: 45.8 mm x 39.5 mm
Thickness: 15.3 mm
Strap: Black Rubber
Clasp: Satin Finished Black PVD Titanium Deployant

Press Release
Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 “LaFerrari”

  • 50-day power reserve: A World Record power reserve for a hand-wound Tourbillon wristwatch.
  • Movement 100% designed, developed and produced by the Hublot Manufacture engineers and watchmakers.

We are in the world of the exceptional. The MP-05 “LaFerrarirepresents a very special series, entirely designed and developed by the Hublot Manufacture engineers and watchmakers in tribute to “LaFerrari”.

In a demonstration and testimony that lives up to the car, it has achieved a historic record with its 50-day power reserve. It is also the watch with the most watchmaking components created to date by Hublot (637).

The watch and the car: The MP-05 “LaFerrari” 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 for the movement, which is also equipped with a Tourbillon, as well as a power reserve of approximately 50 days thanks to its 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, this watch is closer to being a concept watch.

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 SuperLuminovaTM, 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 desire for a truly exceptional watch has been extended to the design of the presentation case, made from schedoni leather and carbon fibre, containing the specific tools for winding the watch, and whose design was also inspired by the world of motoring. Limited edition of 50 numbered pieces. 

 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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