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Hublot Big Bang All Black Split-Second For the Ayrton Senna Institute

Posted by wristwatch on October 25, 2007

The famous Big Bang All Black is the model that provided the inspiration for Hublot and the Ayrton Senna Institute and their creation bearing the driver’s name. This sophisticated black watch is composed of similar materials to those used in the automotive industry, and executed with attention down to the last detail in the search for the ultimate performance. State-of-the-art technology, painstaking care, the quest for avant-garde design and the perfect finish are all common factors that lead to success. The distinguishing features of the Ayrton Senna watch, aside from the champion’s signature splashed across the dial in red, are the Chronograph Split-Second hand and the Power Reserve Indicator. The Split-Second hand can be used to record an intermediate time by means of the two chronograph seconds hands. When recording a time, the first so-called “Split-Second” hand is stopped while the second continues to move. This mechanism makes it possible to observe the lapsed period. Then, by pressing the push-piece a second time, the hand is made to catch up with and remain superposed on the seconds hand. The function can be used to calculate the intermediate time of one runner, or the times of two runners. Personalised touches to this exceptional timepiece include the Split-Second hand cloaked in green and yellow, the colours of Brazil, and the push-piece in red to co-ordinate with the signature of Ayrton Senna displayed on the dial.

The Ayrton Senna Big Bang is the first Hublot to go on sale in Brazil. The Brazilian market is a new one for the brand, and the exclusivity of the first 50 pieces is reserved for distribution in Sao Paulo, the country’s economic capital. Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Brasilia will subsequently cater to Big Bang demand among the Brazilian clientele. The new market undoubtedly already includes many enthusiasts and (knowing) connoisseurs of the Big Bang’s contemporary, sophisticated and distinctive design, as well as the refined quality of its manufacture in accordance with watchmaking tradition.

* “Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm in polished black ceramic, satin-finish fittings
* Bezel : Satin-finish black ceramic with 6 H-shaped titanium screws, sunken, polished and blocked
* Crystal : Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflection treatment, stamp with Ayrton Senna Foundation logo
* Bezel lug : Black composite resin
* Lateral inserts : Black composite resin
* Back : Titanium with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflection treatment
* Crown : Steel with natural black rubber insert
* Start/Stop push-piece : Steel, oblong with red lacquer insert
* Reset to zero push-piece : Steel, rectangular with natural black rubber insert
* Water-resistance : 100 m or 10 ATM
* Dial : Matt black with shiny black applique indices and numerals
* Hublot logo : Shiny black, at 12 noon Ayrton Senna signature Red, in the 3rd quadrant
* Power Reserve Indicator : In the 3rd quadrant
* Hands : Faceted, diamond-polished, shiny black, black chronograph hand with H-shaped counterweight, black, green and yellow Split-Second hand.
* Mechanical Chronograph Fly-back with automatic winding, Calibre Hublot HUB44 RT developed in conjunction with La Joux-Perret
* Bridges : Satin-finish, chamfered, polished
* Oscillating weight : Tungsten carbide with dimpled surface treated in black PVD Bottom plate Sand-blasted, rhodium-plated
* Barrel : With reinforced spring
* Escapement : Glucydur balance spring
* Power Reserve : 42 hours
* Adjustable natural smooth black rubber with Hublot logo. Beneath the strap at 12 o’clock, AYRTON SENNA signature in yellow on a green stripe
* Deployant clasp in black PVD coated steel
* Limited edition of 500 individually numbered pieces 01/500 – 500/500



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