Baselworld 2013 Preview: Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Watch
In less than a year, it has become one of Hublot’s major bestsellers. It has met with phenomenal success all over the world, in Asia, Europe and the United States. The cornerstone of classic watches at Hublot. An extra-thin skeleton watch, a Classic Fusion whose design has been refined while retaining the dynamic and modern codes immediately recognizable as Hublot. Unveiled at last year’s BaselWorld, initially in King Gold and titanium, its latest incarnation boasts a very elegant case fashioned entirely from polished, satin-finished black ceramic: the new Black Ceramic Extra-thin Skeleton Classic Fusion.
With a diameter of 45 mm, this watch is equipped with Hublot’s new CLASSICO movement (HUB1300), entirely designed and developed in the brand’s manufacture in Nyon. At just 2.90 mm thick, it comprises 130 components which are fabulously showcased by the skeleton design – featuring a resolutely graphic style -which enables expert eyes to admire the watch’s regulating organ, the balance and the escapement. On the dial, it is worth noting that the small second at 7 o’clock and the hands are similar in design to those on the very first Hublot watches: a clever reference to the history of the brand. The assembly is complemented by a strap -black alligator stitched onto rubber -and a deployant buckle which ensure it offers the greatest possible comfort, flexibility and durability. The watch is practical on an everyday level, offering a 90-hour power reserve and water resistance to 50 meters.
Striking a remarkable balance between the classic extra-thin design and Hublot’s trademark dynamic and modern “all-black” look, this piece is a fine exercise in style, providing a wonderful demonstration of the principle of fusion between Tradition and Modernity.
Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Watch Specifications
References: 515.CM.0140.LR -in ceramic
Case: “Classic Fusion” -Diameter 45 mm -Polished and satin-finished black ceramic
Bezel: Vertical satin-finished ceramic
6 H-shaped titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel: Lug Black composite resin
Crown: Polished ceramic with Hublot logo
Case-back: Polished ceramic with sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 meters
Dial: Sapphire with glossy grey transfer Hublot logo in pantone 425/black border
Anti-reflective coating on topside/underside
Black coated, polished indexes
Hands: Polished, black coated.
Movement: CLASSICO HUB1300 hand-wound skeleton
Small seconds at 7 o’clock
Thickness: 2.90 mm
Components: 123 (Jewels: 23)
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve: Approximately 90 hours
Strap: Black alligator stitched onto black rubber, black stitching.
Clasp: Black PVD steel deployant buckle, polished and satin-finished.
King Jewelers is an authorized dealer for Hublot watches in Middle Tennesse, as well as over forty luxury Swiss watch brands including Bell & Ross, Breguet, Breitling, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, DeWitt, Harry Winston, Jaquet Droz, Montblanc, Roger Dubuis and TAG Heuer. King Jewelers is a member of the American Watch Guild and has been named a Leading Watch Retailer in North America by International Wristwatch Magazine. King Jewelers also offers expert watch repair and watch restoration at their retail locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN. For more information on Hublot watches, please visit www.hublot.com or take a look at our Hublot page