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
by Kyle Stults on April 02, 2014
Baselworld 2014…rare metal osmium dial…
Its dial is made from osmium crystal – osmium is among the rarest metals on our planet. With a clear emphasis on materials innovation based on this year’s Baselworld releases – from red and blue stained glass dials to blue carbon fiber bezels and now this — Hublot introduces another world first. Here is a watch with a dial made from osmium crystal (oh and it has a tourbillon, too).
by Kyle Stults on April 02, 2014
Here is an interesting take on Hublot and its “Art of Fusion”! The inspiration behind this watch was simple: a stained glass window – essentially it’s a series of frames filled with colored glass. Take this concept and apply to a skeleton watch. In this watch there are about 15 small spaces housing a sliver of (Swiss-made) stained glass (“Vitrail” tranlsates to English as “stained glass” by the way). The pieces are secured with O-rings which grip the glass, ensuring that it does not break through heat expansion.
Baselworld 2014…blue carbon fiber…
Today we’ll look at the 2014 Hublot releases from Baselworld, among other watches. The King Power “Special One” is a reference to football coach José Mourinho – who recently rejoined the ranks of the Hublot ambassadors. While I am not particularly fond of Hublot’s endless one-off editions for this person or that, you can see there is something special about this watch. It is distinguished by a new dark blue carbon fiber bezel, the result of a new technical process developed by Hublot. The watch is offered in the standard King Power 48mm size, in either titanium or Hublot King Gold.
by Kyle Stults on March 17, 2014
The Hublot “Soccer Bang” is here! As Official timekeeper and Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, expectations are certainly high for Hublot and it looks like the Soccer Bang (officially the “King Pele”) will not disappoint. It is a watch specially designed for the world of football, with soccer match timing capability. It is also the first Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono — a first for Hublot (patent-pending movement, too). I’ll break it down for you, below.
by Kyle Stults on February 06, 2014
Commensurate with the opening of Hublot’s first Latin American address in Rio de Janeiro, Hublot unveiled the Pelé edition of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph. Indeed, the legend himself was on hand for the boutique grand opening party; Pelé is also Hublot Ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the World Cup just 5 months away, the opening of the boutique in Rio de Janeiro and launch of the Pelé timepiece are not a coincidence. The watch is a Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph limited to just 500 pieces. It features a stylized soccer/football for the chrono counter at 3 o’clock and the strap also has the same pattern. Pelé’s signature is found on the watch’s case back.
Hublot unveils the first Big Bang with a tonneau case. This case is similar to what we’ve already seen used for the Hublot MP-06 Ayrton Senna tourbillon watches, but clearly the new Spirit of Big Bang is a production model as Hublot looks to extend the Big Bang franchise. Four combinations debut: titanium, titanium+ceramic, King Gold (18 K gold with 5% platinum which gives it a deeper red color), and King Gold + ceramic. Perhaps the most positive news here also, aside from the case design, is that the HUB4700 caliber is an automatic mechanical skeleton chronograph built off of the Zenith El Primero base in collaboration with Zenith (as such it is hi-beat 5Hz/36,000 vph). This is a good thing for Hublot in my book but Hublot haters are still gonna hate.
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by Kyle Stults on December 30, 2013
This new Hublot is being sold exclusively at Cheval Blanc’s Randheli island resort in Maldives. The (insanely luxurious and ultra contemporary) Randheli resort (check it out here) is one of two resorts under the Cheval Blanc name — which itself is owned by LVMH.
Around for a few years now, the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 was and is in many ways a symbolic watch – its 4000 meter water resistance rating and related technical features (6.5mm sapphire crystal, screw down caseback, screw-down crowns, scaled luminous bezel, oversize crown guard, helium valve) brought together to demonstrate the technical prowess of Hublot’s manufacture. There have been many iterations on this watch, and even a more dialed-back Oceanographic 1000m diver for those who want something *ahem* more practical.
The watch has a design that is fitting for spending beach time in Maldives — titanium case, luminescent indexes in “Cheval Blanc Randheli” yellow, and white rubber strap. What can I say, I like the look of this watch — yes, all 48mm of it.
Four years ago next month, I penned a critical report on Hublot and its inability to move beyond Big Bang (Beyond the Big Bang – What’s Next for Hublot?, October 23, 2009). The article spawned some spirited discussion in the comments section. Just six days later, I followed this article with a critique of Hublot’s (then) new website. Of course I was not the only one to have these critical points of view; but Perpetuelle was certainly an outlet that publicly voiced the opinions shared by many. The good thing is that Hublot was listening — in fact my critique of Hublot’s website drew comments from none other than Hublot boss Jean-Claude Biver himself (since replaced by Ricardo Guadalupe).
Now, four years later, I am happy to say that Hublot has largely addressed my criticisms and the manufacture is as successful as it has ever been (and I remain a big Hublot fan). Still some aficionados just do not like Hublot for any number of reasons. And this is fine, not every watch brand will be loved by all people. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes.
All this brings me to today’s article, which is actually a short commentary on an article recently posted on Hublot Nation (Hublot’s blog). In Limited Editions and Why We Need Them, Hublot has put forth a very reasoned discussion which justifies why almost every piece it produces is “Limited Edition.” Having so many limited editions is another oft-heard criticism of the brand, but after you read their reasoning I think a new understanding can be had. Even though it might not change your point of view, you will at least know where Hublot is coming from.
I’d love if the Perpetuelle community would engage in a discussion on the merits of Hublot’s “Limited Edition” reasoning — please do share your thoughts below.
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