2017 marks the 70th anniversary of a certain automaker that tends to generate passion among automobile fans like no other. Synonymous with the color red, this automaker also happens to possess the most prosperous team in Formula One. Have you guessed it? The automaker is none other than Ferrari. As the official watchmaking partner of Ferrari, Hublot introduced the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch to mark the occasion earlier this year, but this is a new one-off version made from PEEK Carbon and King Gold.The venture of Hublot and Ferrari is now into its fifth year, and it has produced a lot of Hublot’s most avant-garde and remarkable pieces like the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis (hands-on) watch along with the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch (hands-on with the sapphire case version), in addition to more comfortable Hublot fare like Big Bang Ferrari (such as the model we reviewed here) editions.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch has been introduced earlier this year (hands-on), along with the specific variant in the materials you see here was created as a one-off bit for auction. It’s a technically impressive view, clearly, using a chronograph function and tourbillon escapement. Produced in cooperation with Ferrari, the consequent watch, with its architectural and bridge-like situation design, seems unlike any other Hublot watch before it.So what’s unique about this watch? The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch was initially produced in three variants — King Gold, titanium, and PEEK carbon — which were limited to 70 pieces each. This version, however, uses a blend of PEEK carbon and King Gold together. The skeleton framework that shields the case is made from ultra light and robust PEEK carbon, while the situation itself consists of King Gold. King Gold is the title of a ceramic and gold metal developed by Hublot that has a richer reddish hue in comparison with typical 5N reddish gold and is also much more challenging and much more scratch-resistant.
While much of the watch industry is making smaller watches, out of modesty in straitened times or just following the fashion of the day, Breitling is admirably hewing to its traditional formula of oversized sports watches. While often overbuilt and designed like an invading army, Breitling’s biggest watches do have a certain appeal, exemplified with the newly announced Avenger II Seawolf Blacksteel.
The steel case is 45mm in diameter and 18.4mm high (making it as thick as most chronographs), with the “Blacksteel” moniker derived from its black carbon-based coating (a type of diamond-like carbon or DLC) that is scratch-resistant (Breitling has made a slew of Blacksteel limited editions in years past). Rated to 3000m, or 10,000ft, the case includes a a helium escape valve for the improbable activity of saturation diving.
The dial is a bright yellow, with the rotating bezel sporting Breitling’s trademark rider tabs at the quarters. And the movement inside an the Breitling calibre 17, which is actually a basic but robust ETA 2824 that is chronometer certified.
The Avenger II Seawolf Blacksteel is limited to 1000 pieces with the retail price yet to be revealed. The ordinary stainless steel version of the same watch retails for approximately US$4000, so expect this to cost slightly more.