Thursday, 28 November 2013

#18 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari U.K. limited edition

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari U.K. Limited edition, November 28th 2013.

I once again, had the greatest of pleasure of attending the launch event of the new Hublot Big Bang Ferrari U.K. limited edition at the H.R. Owen Ferrari Atelier, hosted by Ferrari and Marcus Watches. 

The revelation
Marcus Margulies, CEO of Marcus watches (left);  Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot (right)

This is the piece that was unveiled on the night.
Some of the key features of the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari UK limited edition include the in-house Unico chronograph movement (since this is fairly standard within the Big Bang range, I won't go into details with the movement), Titanium case with display back, ceramic bezel and of course the trademark quick-change strap system and black leather strap with Ferrari-red stitching. The case measures at 45mm and the dial is decorated with Ferrari-red hands and hour-markers and the Ferrari Stallion at 9 o'clock position. 

The reset push button with red Ferrari logo

 A bit of party-pooping but just wanted to show how it differs with an Offshore in terms of size. 
The Ferrari Big Bang measures 3mm bigger than the Offshore and it sure does feel much bigger when put on the wrist. Although the piece is quite chunky, it feels quite light because as aforementioned, the case and the bezel are made from titanium and ceramic respectively.

These will retail for 19,900GBP and they are strictly limited to 50 pieces (and obviously will only be available in the U.K.)

To summarise the piece in one sentence - I personally think this is one of the best Hublot's out in the market at this moment. I think it looks great and it feels great when it is on the wrist. If you are thinking of acquiring a Hublot, this piece should seriously be considered.

Friday, 8 November 2013

#17 A couple of pieces from Salon QP

Whilst there were countless number of exceptional time pieces, these two really caught my eyes alongside the MB&F's LM2 and HM5. 

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen (limited edition of 200 pieces)

The only Lange 1 range piece that is luminescent. Part of the dial is semi-transparent, which adds a magical look.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Open-Worked Perpetual Calendar
This is one of the most beautiful open-worked pc's in my opinion. The finishing on the movement is absolutely exquisite, especially on the backside.

Comes in a platinum case with blue croc straps.

(A wrist shot of the Vacheron is on our instagram)

If I had to choose a single dress piece, this one would definitely be on the shortlist!

#16 With MB&F at Marcus

I've had the greatest pleasure of attending the private MB&F event hosted by Marcus before zooming off to Salon QP. Getting my hands on some of the finest, most unique (or shall I say 'MAD') timepieces was an absolute treat but above all, interacting with the man behind these wonderful creations was what made my day. 

Max Büsser, the owner and the creative director of MB&F is a pioneer who is purely driven by his own beliefs and passion. In the world that we are living in, converting one's dreams into reality comes with a hefty price, if not impossible, but Max has done so with full integrity and this is what I think he should be respected for (I hope I am not sounding too cheesy!). Well, at least for me, the story and the philosophy behind MB&F is what I love about them. What's even better is that, this passion of theirs is very frankly reflected in their unique creations and every piece comes with its own story. 
I wish Max and his friends the best luck in their future endeavors and I am already looking forward to the next surprise!

Max Büsser
"HM3 Frog"
Their latest creation "HM5 On the Road Again", inspired by the 1970s.

Back of the HM5, displaying the 22k gold 'battle axe' rotor

The engine that powers the new "HM5"

MB&F "Legacy Machine 1", which features dual time

"Legacy Machine 2", kindly modeled by Max himself.
All MB&F pieces are fantastic but I must say, the "LM2" is my pick of the bunch - Everything from the aesthetics to the concept just rings my bell. The "LM2" features double balance wheels hovering on top of the movement, which are just hypnotising. This concept of double balance wheels was floated by Breguet, Berthoud and Janvier  around 250 years ago, picked up by Philippe Dufour through the legendary "duality" in recent years and reinvigorated by MB&F.

The general idea behind the double balance wheel mechanism is to take the average of the two balance wheels beating at two different rates, thereby increase accuracy.

Max (left) and Marcus Margulies (Right), the owner of Marcus watches

The featured pieces are available at Marcus' Bond street store.

I would like to thank Max and everyone at Marcus, especially Alex for a truly insightful night!

Monday, 4 November 2013

#15 SalonQP - The fine watch exhibition

The fifth annual SalonQP will welcome some of the finest watchmakers including: A. Lange & Sohne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, MB&F, Urwerk & Vacheron Constantin just to name a few...

Tickets & more info are available on:

#14 "Remember, remember, the fifth of November"

Royal Oak 15400