The Ferrari Pista 488 launch event in Hong Kong welcomed guests with a showcase of Hublot’s finest timepieces in addition to the debut of the latest Ferrari track-focused road car. Amongst all the watches on display including the Big Bang Ferrari collection, the limited Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph was certainly the highlight of the night.
Like all supercars from Maranello’s stable, the Techframe Ferrari was created and designed under the guidance and leadership of Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s Senior Vice President of Design. Developed with the same approach towards designing a car at the Ferrari Design Centre and integrated with Hulbot’s watchmaking expertise, the styling of the Techframe Ferrari underlines the performance of the watch, with each component placed for a specific reason. The watch’s lattice case structure is a unique proposition for watchmaking whilst simultaneously minimising weight, whilst on the dial the chronograph counters are highlighted on top of the black face to increase legibility. The Ferrari rosso coloured pusher is also placed in a position for best ergonomics and ease of use, with consideration towards operating it while driving.
The Techframe Ferrari features the HUB6311 manual calibre consisting of 253 components and 5 days of power reserve, with the tourbillion clearly visible on the dial. A small, almost invisible piece of sapphire crystal is placed above the cage that rotates once every minute, holding the upper part of the tourbillon utilising a bridge and offering the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. The outer edge of the caseback is engraved with a very deserved “Limited Edition” tag along with its production number in the series, whilst the sapphire back is adorned with “Ferrari 70 Years”. Paired with a black rubber strap, the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is available in King Gold, PEEK Carbon and Titanium, with each version limited to 70 examples.