Hublot is a brand that has proven to thrive in the face of both negative and positive feedback by pushing the boundaries of design, technical innovation, and boldness. It’s the kind of enthusiasm that shakes up the industry and channels some of the most creative and thoughtful marketing you’ll ever experience. Because of this, it’s always at least interesting for watch enthusiasts to witness new releases and unexpected collaborations from Hublot. Their latest brings visionary street artist Tristan Eaton to the helm for what the brand calls an “homage to one of the world’s most iconic cities.” In classic Hublot Classic Fusion 521.Co.1780.Rx Replica fashion, they revealed their very first timepiece that incorporates the use of concrete at a three-part event in downtown Manhattan earlier this month. The result is the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Concrete Jungle watch, a tribute to New York City.
So this Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon is the king of this Classic Fusion family. Since the king, it comes in a larger 45mm wide case (that is still rather thin at approximately 9mm or so thick). What you see in this article are just two versions of this watch. One is the Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon 45mm in ceramic, and the other is in black ceramic. There I talked about what the set means, and more concerning the plan. In brief, you get a thematic yield to original Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic Replica watches in the 1980s as well as a “classically inspired” variant of this Big Bang case. Ever since that time, the timeless Fusion has exploded with dozens of versions – over I can keep track of. The situation is elegant though futuristic and obviously masculine in its own design. At 45mm, I really like the size of these bigger Classic Fusion versions, but smaller ones are available.Both in black or ceramic ceramic, the Classic Fusion Skeletonized Tourbillon is a stunner. There is not the inherent showiness of gold, but these are clearly high-end things as soon as you see the movement. The concept of these of course is very Roger Dubuis – who first innovated with using interesting glistening and black surfaces to earn spiderweb-like skeletonization on mechanical movements. Though, with all the contemporary seeming angles, the motion is perhaps more Spiderman in style.In terms of the movements, I must add that the titanium and ceramic Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon watches have another movement inside of every one. They seem pretty much equal, but the titanium version includes the Hublot HUB6010 and the ceramic variant contains the HUB1300. Both feature the time plus tourbillon. Both are manually wrapped, and both seem very much the same. Size. The HUB6010 is 4mm thick although the HUB1300 is merely 2.6mm thick. With that thinness, an overall thinner instance profile is potential in the ceramic version. The HUB1300 also has a 90 hour power reserve while the HUB6010 includes a 120 hour power book since there’s a bit more space. The HUB1300 is significantly more efficient, being made out of 130 components while the HUB6010 is made of 155 components.
Limited to just 50 pieces, the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Concrete Jungle chronograph offers a highly exclusive chance to own a piece that embodies the liveliness, tenacity, and inspiration of the city as interpreted by Hublot. Hublot was able to achieve this by incorporating real elements of concrete into the bezel, a first for the brand and a move that integrates an artistic approach into both construction and decoration. Additionally, the case back features an original art piece by Eaton of the Statue of Liberty. It’s a colorful motif that tastefully punctuates the watch’s New York City theme while adding a touch of Eaton’s unique, collage-type artistic approach.
As a base for the collaboration, Hublot Classic Fusion 38 Replica seems to have built upon their previously released Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph, which utilizes their caliber HUB1155 automatic movement. The micro-blasted black ceramic case is 45mm wide, 13.4mm thick, provides 50m of water resistance, and features a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. Its bezel is constructed from a concrete and epoxy resin that contrasts beautifully with the case and highly skeletonized dial. Micro-blasted rhodium-plated hands also match the bezel and pair well with the applied hour indicators for maximum legibility. It’s a combination that Hublot has mastered over the years and results in a skeletonized dial that is both breathtaking and practical.
The 60-jewel HUB1155 movement has a power reserve of 42 hours and is comprised of 207 components. It’s a metropolis all on it’s own and a fitting aesthetic for a watch that honors the city that that never sleeps. On top of it all, the skeletonized dial design cleverly integrates the NYC logo at 3 o’clock and a date indicator at 6 o’clock that is both visible and unobtrusive.
Tristan Eaton’s original artwork for the case back presents a variety of themes that revolve around New York City life. Interestingly enough, the collage draws inspiration from one of his very first murals titled Liberty, which was first painted in September of 2012 at the corner of Mulberry Street and Canal Street in Little Italy.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Concrete Jungle watch offers a lot for watch lovers that feel a deep connection to both horology and New York City. It’s available on a black rubber and black synthetic textile strap with black stitching or a black rubber and grey calf strap with grey stitching. As we mentioned previously, the release is limited to 50 pieces and retails for a price of $19,500. hublot.com