This Classic Fusion 8-Day Power Reserve, offered in King Gold (gold) or titanium, was a 2014 introduction from Hublot. As far as Hublot goes, this is as close to a classically styled, manual wind watch with power reserve indicator that you can get. There are a lot of qualities I admire in this piece, including the vertical satin-finished gold bezel, the black sunray satin-finished dial with polished & faceted appliques and hands and the exterior polished case elements. However, I remain preferential to the automatic Hublot “Classic Fusion” pieces which are sized at a more modest 42mm. If Hublot were to reduce the size of this piece down to 42mm, I would be much more attracted to it.
Add the World Poker Tour to Hublot’s long list of professional league sponsorships. As announced at the televised WPT® Five Diamond World Poker Classic, WPT Alpha8™ just before Christmas at the Bellagio Las Vegas hotel, Hublot is now Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the international poker circuit. And of course with such a fitting partnership, special watches are in order.
Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour
Limited edition 200 pieces in steel, 100 in gold
45.5mm case (steel or King Gold), automatic mechanical Hublot UNICO caliber (72 hrs power reserve, column-wheel chronograph)
The first watches made from Hublot “Magic Gold” were presented at Baselworld 2012 in a very limited Big Bang Ferrari edition. 2015 will see an important expansion of the “Magic Gold” family, as Hublot has now decided to produce the Big Bang Unico (its in-house chronograph) with a bezel in Magic Gold. The Hublot Big Bang Unico “Magic Gold” is, well, pure Hublot DNA. The fusion of a revolutionary material – the famous Magic Gold, which is the world’s only scratch-resistant gold, certified as 18K and developed by Hublot – and the iconic design of the Big Bang, with a Hublot manufacture chronograph caliber: the UNICO.
In 1901, the “Antikythera” treasure was discovered in Greek waters, where the remains of what is probably the oldest “astronomical calculator” in the world were uncovered. Hublot became involved with the Antikythera project in 2011 first by lending support to an exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, then by partnering a major project at the Archaeological Museum of Athens which created a special Antikythera room with a giant armoured, earthquake-resistant display case, manufactured in Switzerland to Hublot’s order, to showcase the remains of the mechanism. And of course there is also Hublot’s wrist-sized recreation of the Antikythera mechanism, the Hublot “Tribute to Antikythera.” Whether you like Hublot or not, you gotta admit that they are involved in some rather special projects, the Antikythera here is case in point. Check out more, below.
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