by Kyle Stults on May 05, 2014
Carrying on with “The Art of Fusion”, Hublot has established a partnership with Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one whiskey brand. Johnnie Walker has in part been pioneering luxury scotch whisky culture around the world with Johnnie Walker House, essentially boutiques where the brand showcases its products, and much like Hublot and its partnership with Arturo Fuente cigars this is an exercise in cross-branding. Each of the 25 Hublot “Big Bang” pieces are for sale exclusively in China.
Every year since 2010 I’ve featured the “official watch” of the Tour Auto classic car race. Hublot took over (watch) sponsorship of the race in 2013, carrying on the torch that was held by Audemars Piguet in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I’m a little late this year (the event was April 12), but in the spirit of tradition, here is the 2014 model.
Baselworld 2014…ceramic coated aluminum…
The “skull” theme continues to find its way around the watch world, but in keeping with its spirit of materials innovation this year, Hublot has a rather unique take on this particular skull. Hublot’s Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull is distinguished by its ceramic-coated aluminium case, crown and dial components which give this piece a rather striking appearance. The material, new to Hublot, is twice as light as ceramic but with comparable hardness. The 45mm case also has a distressed finish to it and pairs quite nicely with the distressed calfskin strap.
Stained glass, skulls and rare metal osmium dials aside, here is a solid addition to Hublot’s Classic Fusion collection. The Classic Fusion 8-days is a refined watch with an ultra-thin caliber visible through sapphire display back. At just 4.40 mm thick (209 components, 3Hz), the hand-wound Hublot manufacture caliber HUB1601 is among the flattest in the industry. The dial is accented with a power reserve indicator along with date window and small second. The 45mm case and bezel have a nice balance of brushed and polished surfaces.
Hublot Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve
45 mm titanium or King gold (gold +5% platinum) case, black dial with a sunray satin finish, baton indexes, gold- or rhodium-plated hands