The new Hublot F1 King Power India Limited Edition (Ref. 703.OM.1138.NR.FMO10) automatic chronograph watch will be issued as a limited edition of only 200 individually numbered pieces. Featuring the same design ideas as their last year’s ‘Ayrton Senna’ model, the new timekeeper differs from the earlier timekeeper not only with its more jovial color theme that seems to be inspired by colors of Indian flag, as wells different materials for its deliberately chunky case, but also with a different movement: an ETA Valjoux 7750-based Caliber HUB4100.
Although it is still sort of embarrassing to see such an expensive (it will retail for more than $47,000 when finally arriving to a few carefully chosen boutiques) wristwatch to be powered by a glorified version of a mass-produced movement that costs maybe 1/100th of the F1 King Power India’s grand total, from the practical standpoint the choice is not that bad. You see, while not as hyped as in-house calibers made by old watchmaking Houses like Patek Philippe or Rolex, the base movement is actually one of the best ‘workhorse’ chronograph movements you can get: if serviced properly, it works hassle-free for decades and decades, it is easy and cheap to repair, and it is as robust as a hammer.
But back to our watch though.
Looks like the Swiss watchmaker tries to make the most out of the money it pays for being an official timekeeper of Formula 1 racings.
Having already presented the China F1, Monza F1 Red Sapphire, and the Korea F1 King Power Red Gold models, Hublot will surely introduce as many limited edition watches as there are Grand Prixes in the famous (but getting more and more boring over the years) series.
Like the rest of their F1-themed watches, including the stately Hublot F1 King Power Tourbillon King Gold Ceramic (Ref. 707.OM1138.NR.FM010) as well as not that impressive Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna Limited Edition, the new chronograph features a satin-finished ceramic bezel that imitates a high-performance disk brake.
Also, the timekeeper comes equipped with a black Nomex strap that features contrast stitching in orange, white and green — the colors of Indian national flag.
The same color scheme is preserved on the multilayered dial starting from sub-dials and finishing with orange color for the Superluminova that covers the facetted hour indexes and all hands.
While the watch with its huge case and colorful dial doesn’t look particularly ergonomic to me, it may still become a very nice collector’s item: nothing more, nothing less. The only question here is: can you afford one?
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Hublot F1 King Power India (Ref. 703.OM.1138.NR.FMO10) automatic chronograph watch specification
Price: $47,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, HUB4100 (base ETA Valjoux 7750,) 27 jewels, 234 parts, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: King Power Hublot, micro-blasted black openworked plate, polished black decorative screws, micro-blasted black heavy metal segment; Micro-blasted engraving against black background on bevel, and grey King Power
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: 18-carat King Gold alloy
Bezel material: 18-carat King Gold alloy and Satin-finished ceramic, perforated
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 48.00 mm
Lug width: 14.80 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Black with white, orange and green
Hands: King Gold
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Adjustable black Nomex strap with orange, white and green stitching, stitched on black rubber; King Power “King Gold” deployant buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire