The Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna is a limited edition watch launched in 2010 in a modest number of 500 pieces and it celebrates the 50th birthday of Ayrton Senna, Brazil’s most famous racing pilot. It is basically a high-performance split-second chronograph watch which is addressed to Formula 1 fans around the world. This timepiece is associated with speed, action and extreme accuracy.
Let’s start with the similarities between the original dial and the one of this replica. The power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock is designed like the Formula 1 timers and it shows the different stages of the reserve in green, blue, and red. Brazil’s bright yellow flag color is used to sign Ayrton Senna’s name on the black and complex dial, more exactly at 9 where the small seconds are located, and also to color the hour markers. What is obviously different is the color of the hours, minutes and seconds markers. On the authentic watches all of these are yellow, but on the replica the hour markers are black and the minutes and seconds markers are white.
The design of extra-large case features a high quality chronograph mechanism designed to keep accurate time. The original watch has a very precise and durable case crafted from carbon fiber, a material very often used in Formula 1. This replica isn’t made of the same carbon fiber, but from a black PVD material which imitates very accurately the look and sturdiness of the original carbon fiber. The texture of the case, just like of the genuine one, is similar to the checkered Formula 1 flag and in my opinion it brings a touch of youthfulness to the whole design of the watch. If you take a look at the bezel you will notice that it presents very small holes which remember of the F1 brake disk. This is a technical detail with a high significance for fans of the racing legend: Ayrton Senna.
The design of the back looks very authentic. When you check this side of the case you see a laser-engraved vintage looking portrait of Ayrton Senna outlined by the same bright yellow color and with “KING POWER” written below. All these details are surrounded by the same representative and very small threaded screws, by the text “LIMITED HUBLOT GENEVE EDITION” in bright yellow, and by serial number and batch number of this piece. Once again, the back is very well replicated. There are no noticeable differences.
The original watch has a strap made from Nomex, a synthetic fiber usually used to make suits for F1 drivers, while the band of this replica is made from a very durable rubber. I have to admit that this particular type of rubber manages to imitate very nicely the look of authentic Nomex.
The Hublot King Power is well known for its durability and sturdiness and this limited edition model is also built to respect these strict requirements. This watch is adored by people around the world due to its strong connections with Formula 1, racing legend Ayrton Senna, Brazil and high end time keeping devices. Only fortunate watch collectors afford the luxury of owning such a watch. It is a masterpiece of both history and horology.
Last modified: March 5, 2013