Legality Of Buying Hublot and Greubel Forsey Unveil Unique Timepieces for Children’s Charity Replica Buyers Guide
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of a specific automaker that will create passion among automobile enthusiasts just like no other. Synonymous with the color red, this automaker also appears to possess the most successful team in Formula One. Have you guessed it yet? The automaker is not any besides Ferrari. As the official watchmaking partner of Ferrari, Hublot introduced the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch to mark the occasion earlier this year, but this is a brand new one-off version made from PEEK Carbon and King Gold.The venture of Hublot and Ferrari is into its fifth year, and it has produced many of Hublot’s most audacious and remarkable pieces such as the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis (hands-on) watch along with the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch (hands-on with the sapphire case variant), in addition to more familiar Hublot fare like Big Bang Ferrari (like the version we reviewed here) editions.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph watch has been introduced earlier this year (hands-on here), and the specific variant in the materials you see here has been made as a one-off piece for auction. It is a technically impressive view, of course, using a chronograph function and tourbillon escapement. Produced in cooperation with Ferrari, the consequent watch, with its very architectural and bridge-like case layout, seems unlike any other Hublot watch before it.So what is unique about this watch? The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph view was originally created in three versions — King Gold, ceramic, and PEEK carbon — that were limited to 70 pieces each. The skeleton frame that protects the case is made out of ultra light and robust PEEK carbon, although the case itself is made from King Gold. King Gold is the title of a gold and ceramic alloy developed by Hublot that has a richer reddish colour in comparison with typical 5N red gold and can be much more challenging and more scratch-resistant.
A Singapore-based charity, Kidz Horizon Appeal helps fund medical treatment for disadvantaged children with terminal and chronic illnesses. For several years now the charity has raised money with auctions of one-off timepieces created by noted watchmakers, ranging from a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton to last year’s Voutilainen GMT-6 in titanium.
This year Hublot and Greubel Forsey have each put together a one-off wristwatch, both donations from an anonymous benefactor. The watches will be sold during the Kidz Horizon Appeal gala dinner on August 19, 2017, with proceeds going to the charity.
Despite being the simplest watch Greubel Forsey produces, the Signature One still takes a no-expense spared approach to its construction and finish, with every component decorated to the same degree as in its most exotic tourbillon watches. The Signature One “Kidz Horizon” is the very first example of the rose gold Signature One, numbered “01/11”.
Its distinguishing feature are the bright red hour and minute hands, the only instance of such novel hands on a Greubel Forsey wristwatch. Additionally the wristwatch is engraved with the charity’s name on the movement bridge (though that is not shown in the stock image below).
Those features aside, the Signature One is identical to the production version, with a 41.4mm rose gold case containing an intricately hand-finished movement. On the front the highlight is a long, polished steel bridge that holds the oversized balance wheel. And while the dial for the time appears functionally constructed, it is actually a silver-plated disc of solid gold. For more detail of the gorgeous movement inside the Signature One, check out the our detailed photos of the steel version published last year (and the platinum model was unveiled earlier this year).
The Signature One in rose gold has an official retail price of SFr170,000, or about S$244,000.
Hublot turned to its signature All Black look for the Classic Fusion “Kidz Horizon”, which is based a prototype of the Classic Fusion All Black, continuing with the theme established by the Greubel Forsey. Originally a 500-piece limited edition introduced in 2008, the Classic Fusion All Black has long sold out, so this is a revival of sorts.
Typical of the All Black series – the monochromatic look is synonymous with Hublot – the dial is a matte black but paired with polished black hands and indices that catch the light and improve legibility.
It has a 45mm black ceramic case and the automatic HUB1100 movement inside (which is actually an ETA 2892). A Kidz Horizon logo printed on the underside of the sapphire back hides the movement, which is actually an ETA 2892.
The estimated retail price of the Classic Fusion “Kidz Horizon” is approximately SFr10,000 or S$14,300.
Bidding and donation details
Both watches are slated to be sold at an auction taking place during the Kidz Horizon gala dinner on August 19, 2017. All proceeds will go to the charity, which aims to raise S$1m that evening.
To bid on either of the watches, or make an outright donation, please contact Christine Gwee at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which administers the charity.
Correction July 20, 2017: The Greubel Forsey Signature One “Kidz Horizon” is numbered “01/11” and not “0/11” as indicated earlier.