The Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari (Ref. 905.ND.0001.RX) is a strange blend between the outrageous MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt and the revolutionary (at least in terms of guaranteed power reserve of whole 1000 hours) Rebellion T-1000 Time Machine. The similarities do not end on the visual side, though. Equipped with a tourbillon and whole eleven spring barrels, the MP-05 features a power reserve of no less than 1200 hours (50 days!) Now if only its hybrid-powered source of inspiration sported such an amazing range!
As Ferrari always liked to point out, they don’t sell you a car: they sell you a state of the art engine and the rest comes free of charge. This new time measuring device from the brand, which is mostly known for its cringingly blingy, outrageously expensive (and often disgustingly tasteless) watches, follows the same philosophy: its design is totally concentrated on the movement.
Somehow resembling a V12 engine without its protective cover, the V-shaped case of the MP-05 LaFerrari exposes its inner workings leaving nothing for imagination. The 11 spring barrels form a visual center of the composition and end with a large tourbillon cage measuring impressive 14.5 mm in diameter.
Comprising 637 components, this immensely complex engine is packed into a drop-shaped body, which is crafted from titanium and treated with black PVD coating.
If the shape of this thing looks familiar to you, this is absolutely normal: the oversized case of the MP-05 mimics the brand new 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid-powered supercar, which is equipped with a 6.2-liter V12 powerplant working together with a pair of electric motors. Together, the internal combustion engine and the electric motors churn out mind-numbing 963 hp of power allowing the car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
Well, the watch has its drawbacks, too.
Like it is almost often the case with concepts, the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari presents time in a format that requires an extensive period of getting used to. The two cylinders on the left display its power reserve and the other at right display time in hours and minutes. If I understand the readings correctly, the watch still has 40 days of power reserve and it is now 10:05.
Although most concepts are usually limited to just one or two prototypes that can do nothing but drive very slowly (since often they lack even a proper suspension), this new timekeeper is functional, since Hublot plans to offer them as a production model with a total run limited to impressive (for such a complex gadget) fifty individually numbered pieces.
The watch was officially presented at Baselworld 2013 together with the Ferrari that inspired it. It will soon go on sale in select stores at an impressive -to say the least- price of $345,000 USD.
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari (Ref. 905.ND.0001.RX) specification
Price: $345,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber HUB9005.H1.6, eleven barrels, 45.8 x 39.5 x 15.3 mm, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 108 jewels
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 1200 hours (50 days)
Movement decoration: Hand-finished
Functions: Hours, minutes, power reserve, tourbillon
Case: Black PVD Titanium
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Nine
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black smooth rubber strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Sapphire, antireflective