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Aug 11

Hublot Big Bang Foudroyante Senna

      Hublot started its journey as a luxury wristwatches manufacturer in the 1980’s when Carlo Crocco established the brand on the international market. In 2004 Jean-Claude Biver started his activity as the enterprise’s CEO. Eversince his embarking on Hublot’s board sales have gone sky-high and with the launch of the Big Bang collection overseen by Biver’s strategic genius and business flair Hublot has reached a whole new stage in its development on the world scene.

      Successor of the Ayrton Senna tribute watch, launched in 2007, the Big Bang Foudroyante Senna was launched in December 2008 as a limited collection of only 500 pieces. The event organized as a celebration of Senna’s life and activity also occasioned a photography exhibition signed Norio Koike. The Japanese artist was one of the late pilot’s close friends, which allowed him to catch the warm and luminous person Senna really was.

      The manifestation benefited from Viviane and Bruno’s participation, -the pilot’s sister and nephew- who are linked to Hublot and Ayrton Senna’s cause by their activities destined to assure equity and dignity for Brazilian children. Therefore, part of the revenues obtained from sales are to be donated to the Ayrton Senna non-profit organization, a foundation created by the pilot’s sister 15 years ago for Brazilian children’s education and fair treatment.

      The wristwatch itself is a real masterpiece, in the Hublot tradition of effective innovation. The 44,5 mm diameter microblasted black ceramic case is covered with an anti-reflection treated sapphire crystal and so is the back of the case, which has the “Instituto Ayrton Senna” logo and Brazilian flag engraved on it.. The black, mat dial is microblasted with yellow luminova markers and features minute markers of the same color, while the Foudroyante counter is placed at 9.00 o’clock and can measure one eighth of a second. The signature of the pilot is featured in green on the lower part of the dial, at 6.00 o’clock. The minute hand is split in Brazil’s colors –green and yellow- while the hours, chronograph, and minute hands are yellow rhodium-plated. The adjustable strap is made of black rubber, has yellow and green Ayrton Senna embeddings on the inside and is secured with a PVD coated steel deployant clasp. For Foudroyante’s movement Hublot worked with La Joux-Perret and created HUB44RTF calibre, a self winding mechanical chronograph with a 42 hours power reserve.

      A mold of black ceramic, rubber and titanium mixtures participate in shaping the crown., bezel, reset push-piece and start/stop piece. The wristwatch is 100 meters water resistant and is the perfect embodiment of style, attitude, robustness, all devoted to a noble cause, just as the man himself, Ayrton Senna, would have wanted it to be.

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