The new Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon Ferrari 250 GTO limited edition watch was presented last week on Tuesday at Abbaye de Hautvillers. The “ultra-exclusive” event was restricted to a hundred-and-something rich persons that you have probably seen on TV and all sorts of tabloids. Planned to be sold exclusively to 39 owners of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO vintage sports cars, the new timepiece has a good chance of becoming an instant legend.
Some history, first.
Designed in 1962 to compete in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car championship as a “production-based” vehicle, the gorgeous front-engined Ferrari 250 GTO had to be first offered to “general” public as a street legal vehicle.
Since the car was very powerful (Ferrari’s engineers managed to squeeze whole 300 hp out of its 12-cylinder 3.0-liter engine) and not particularly driver-friendly, it was offered only to select customers that were hand-picked by Enzo Ferrari himself and his representatives at certain markets.
The car was in production for only three years and immediately became a living legend winning three championships in its class in 1962, 1963 and 1964.
There is an interesting piece of trivia regarding this beautiful car. While back in 1960s carmakers were strictly required to produce as many as 100 cars for the model to be homologated, Ferrari managed to make only 39 vehicles to get the papers “by numbering its chassis out of sequence, using jumps between each to suggest cars that didn’t exist” as Wikipedia puts it citing ferraribuy.com.
Now, tell me about business practices.
Although Hublot doesn’t say this explicitly in its official press release, this new Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon Ferrari 250 GTO Limited Edition model is based on their fresh Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon (Ref. 505.NX.0170.LR) model that was presented earlier this year.
Judging by the photos, the original watch was slightly refinished with the signature angled parts of its light-weight titanium body smoothed and satin-finished and the distinct mainspring barrel drum redecorated to mimic the historic design of 250 GTO’s Borrani wire wheels.
The original black leather strap was, too, replaced with a brown Barenia calfskin strap. Featuring a nice contrasting stitching, the strap reminds the leather upholstery that was used in sports cars in 1960s.
The watch is still powered by the same HUB6010 manually wound caliber that seems to be designed and manufactured in-house, however, as another exclusive feature, its bridge may be decorated with the chassis number of a particular Ferrari 250 GTO belonging to a respective customer.
Although I was less than pleased with most of Hublot’s last creations, I must admit that this particular model looks simply great.
By the way, if you don’t happen to own a 250 GTO and don’t plan to spend thousands of dollars on high-end limited edition models, there is still a nice Ferrari-branded watch that may partly satisfy your dreams: Ferrari Lap Time Chronograph Anadigit. Although quite inexpensive, it still looks great.
Photos: Hublot, Wikipedia
Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon Ferrari 250 GTO Limited Edition hand-wound watch specification
Price: $18,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Manual, Caliber HUB6010, skeletonized, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 120 hours
Movement decoration: Movement bridge on the case-back side can be customized with the chassis number of your Ferrari 250 GTO
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon
Case material: Titanium, satin-finished
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Brown Barenia calfskin strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire