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Hublot - Techframe continues its success story

Hublot Techframe continues its success story

The Hublot watch designed by Ferrari to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Prancing Horse, received an iF Design Award 2018, among the most prestigious and largest design competitions in the world.

Since 1953, designers, manufacturers and users have looked to iF as a seal of excellence, a testimony of quality, and a challenge to the competition. For users, it is a symbol of trust. A global recognized trademark for excellence in design.

For the Award 2018, the jury of this prestigious competitions was composed of 63 independent international experts reunited in Hamburg.

Designed by Ferrari, crafted by Hublot

The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is the result of a team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot. This new line in Hublot's collections is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari's DNA—combining strength, performance and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot watch manufacture. A perfect fusion of the automotive and watchmaking worlds.

The Ferrari Design Approach The Techframe was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes as that used to develop a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight.

Design Award

The Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph © Hublot

The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o'clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o'clock. The sapphire dial reveals the cutting edge mechanics that it shelters, and an external raised section holds the timer. A matt black block designed by Ferrari, affixed to the sapphire holds a race-inspired twin half-second counter at 3 o'clock, the minutes counter at 11 o'clock and the column wheel at 1 o'clock—the brain controlling this sleek chronograph with tangential coupling.

Under the bonnet of this thoroughbred

The Tourbillon Chronograph is driven by a movement that was designed and developed by Hublot: the new HUB6311 calibre with manual winding—253 components—offers 5 days of power reserve. The single-button chronograph—one button for the start-stop-reset functions—that is considered as the best of the best by specialists, is handled by an original lever in Ferrari red anodised aluminium. Treated with ruthenium anthracite, this finely tuned “engine” also stands out by its imposing tourbillon that is visible on the dial. Thanks to an ingenious construction principle, this innovative mechanism offers both the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. This double advantage is made possible by a sapphire crystal, which is practically invisible, placed above the cage that rotates once a minute and holds the upper part of the tourbillon using a bridge.

The brand

From the outset, Hublot has embodied design and innovation that differ markedly from the established watchmaking order. With the impetus provided by Jean-Claude Biver, by 2004 these values had already become the basis of a new DNA, leading the brand to develop particularly audacious timepieces – most of them with a highly-developed sporting aspect.

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