Cabestan proudly announces a partnership with Ferrari to celebrate the oldest and still existing Formula 1 racing team in the world, Scuderia Ferrari. With their debut in Formula 1 in 1950 (Grandprix of Italy), the Scuderia Ferrari team is active in Formula 1 for 60 years now. The Scuderia Ferrari One time piece by Cabestan has been created by Jean-Francois Ruchonnet, who is deeply passionate by high performance cars and car races, such as Formula 1.
Mr. Ruchonnet created the Scuderia Ferrari One to embody the excitement, the innovation, the technology, the style and the attention to details of Ferrari. A time piece that will only be made available to the clients of the Italian prestige car brand Ferrari. Unfortunately, I am not one of them, but perhaps one day 🙂 Until that time, I’ll have to live with these beautiful sketches of the Scuderia Ferrari One time piece:
Jean-Francois Ruchonnet teamed up with the Ferrari design team in Maranello, led by Design Director Flavio Manzoni. For the Scuderia Ferrari One time piece, the same high-tech materials have been used that Ferrari uses for their Formula 1 race cars. Its titanium alloy case houses the revolutionary motor Ruchonnet developed to power the Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical. For this time piece, Cabestan uses only a single crystal to cover its engine instead of two crystals as we have seen on the Winch Tourbillon Vertical time piece. This crystal surpasses the edges of the high-tech watch case, enhances the distinctive visual linage that is unmistakably Ferrari. On the sides, a special magnesium alloy was used to create likenesses of race car wheels and the lug nuts that are emblematic of pit stop tire changes during Grand Prix races.
The lightweight aluminium drums are engraved with numbers that are the same on the Ferrari instrument panels, providing the F1 driver real time data that he needs to win. In the center, you’ll see the carbon block created by Ferrari for use in F1 cars due to its light weight and strength. The leather strap reminds us of the leather Daytona seats, used in Ferraris.
Of course, some special attention for the engine of this time piece. The vertical tourbillon, designed and engineered by master watchmaker Eric Coudray. The vertical tourbillon movement has been designed this way to compensate for variations in the balance amplitude due to the effects of gravity. As you probably have seen (and can see on the picture below of another Cabestan masterpiece), there is a miniature chain that delivers the energy directly to the movement. A constant force is being delivered to the tourbillon by using a 6 speed automatic transmission.
Jean-Francois Ruchonnet, “Of all the timepieces I have created over the years, this one has a truly special meaning. Ferrari is a mythical company, a company that builds dreams, a company that sets the standard in the car industry and in Formula 1 racing. I am honoured to be part of this exciting adventure with Cabestan and Ferrari. Together we have created something enduring.”
Thanks to Suryia Hill of Sparkle for the photos and information about this exciting joint venture between Cabestan and Ferrari.