Hublot Big Bang Foudroyante Senna

Dec 15, 2008
The second Big Bang watch, featuring Ayrton Senna’s signature, was unveiled by Hublot on December 5th, in Japan. The timepiece, named Big Bang Senna Foudroyante, follows the first Big Bang Ayrton Senna that was introduced during the F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2007.

Hublot will donate part of the watch’s sales revenues to the Instituto Ayrton Senna, a non-profit organization, helping millions of children in Brazil. The Institute was established 14 years ago by Viviane Senna, the sister of the late motor-racing champion. Since then, 9.4 million children have benefited from the Institute’s programs in 25 Brazilian states. The Institute’s educational programs have been supported by over 85 million US dollars.

The Hublot Big Bang Senna Foudroyante was unveiled by Jean-Claude Biver in the presence of Viviane Senna and her son - Bruno Senna. Bruno, a gifted young motor-racer and the brand’s ambassador, won second place in the GP2 championship this season.

The introduction of the new Big Bang took place within a unique exhibition of photos of Ayrton Senna taken by Norio Koike, a talented Japanese photographer and the late driver’s close friend. The photos had never been published before.

Norio Koike and Ayrton Senna met in 1988, and very quickly became united by a sincere friendship. The photographer took photos of the champion at different times throwing the light at his private and public life. The pictures make one feel the sincerity and intimacy that existed between the friends. After Ayrton Senna’s death, Norio Koike gave the photos to the Institute.

The Hublot Big Bang Foudroyante Senna watch will be issued in a limited edition of 500 pieces. The same as the first edition of the watch, the new timepiece features the colors of Brazil.

The matt black dial shows off yellow minute markers, yellow and green split-seconds hand, Ayrton Senna’s signature in green. The timepiece also features the Brazilian flag on the case-side element.

The watch accommodates an automatic split-seconds chronograph movement incorporating a new complication, the Foudroyante, to allow the calculation of one-eighth of a second.

Hublot HUB44 RTF caliber was developed in association with La Joux-Perret. The movement features polished, satin-finish bridges with chamfered edges and black PVD screws. The mechanism gives an advantage of a 42-hour power reserve.

The serial numbers on the case back are engraved in yellow ink on black ceramic. The logo “Instituto Ayrton Senna” is featured as a transfer on the sapphire crystal.

The case of the Hublot Big Bang is crafted microblasted black ceramic and measures 44.5 mm in diameter. The bezel in the same material is secured by 6 titanium H-shaped screws that are sunken, polished and blocked.

The face of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal with interior and exterior anti-reflection treatment.

The case construction incorporates bezel lugs and lateral inserts in black composite resin. The black PVD-coated titanium crown is provided with a black rubber insert. The start/stop push-piece is oblong-shaped and crafted in black PVD-coated titanium with a yellow lacquered insert, while the reset push-piece is rectangular-shaped in PVD-coated titanium with a black rubber insert. The timepiece is 100-meter water-resistant.

The Hublot Big Bang Foudroyante Senna watch is presented on an adjustable ribbed black rubber strap with green and yellow AYRTON SENNA hot-stamped inside. The strap is fitted with a steel black PVD coated deployment clasp.

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