Hublot is Ferrari’s “Official Timekeeper” since 2012. In 2013, the watchmaker unveiled a tribute to the LaFerrari hypercar called the MP-05 LaFerrari. Now, the Swiss company has taken a step further and built upon the already impressive timepiece, with the unveiling of the ‘Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire.’
As the name suggests, the piece is constructed mostly from sapphire. In fact, the case comprises of 7 components that have been machined from 7 blocks of sapphire. The complex architecture has been made possible by employing 3D machining techniques and weighs just 53.5 grams. It wasn’t easy to make either, as the final result was achieved after 18 months and 600 work hours.
Design highlights of the watch are its 637 components and a suspended vertical tourbillon – claimed to have a 50-day power reserve, owing to its 11 series-coupled barrels that are set in a spine formation at the center of the watch. The MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire is no ordinary watch and therefore it displays the time too in an unconventional manner. In vertical position, the small second is displayed through a transparent cylinder fixed on the suspended tourbillon cage; while the hours and minutes take up position to the right and power reserve to the left.
The strap is made up of transparent silicon with sapphire being the material of choice for the clasp. The winding mechanism of the watch also takes inspiration from the automobile industry. To wind it, the company has provided a miniature power drill that is modelled on the tyre-changing tool seen in Formula One.
Hublot will be producing only 20 of these fine examples. The price has not been disclosed yet, but considering that the original was priced at USD 300,000, expect this model to cost more than that.