UK watch retailer, The Watch Gallery has recently introduced its latest limited edition partnership, this time with Hublot. Following successful TWG limited edition pieces from brands like Zenith and Bremont, Hublot has produced two limited Classic Fusion models, a chronograph and an automatic three hander. Both models will feature the TWG signature blue on their seconds hands as well as the inclusion of blue tinted case back sapphire crystals. In addition to this distinctive use of color, this is also the first time that Hublot has produced 45mm Classic Fusion models in titanium with ceramic bezels.
Both of the TWG and Hublot models measure 45mm across and feature satin-finished titanium cases, black ceramic bezels and anti-reflective sapphire crystals up front. The three hand model is powered by the HUB1112 automatic movement, which is based on the Sellita SW300 movement and provides a date display (at three) and 42 hours of power reserve.
The chronograph is largely a similar affair, also 45mm wide in titanium and ceramic with the addition of a 30 minute chronograph. Functionality is provided by the HUB1143 automatic chronograph movement which is derived from an ETA base and a Dubois Depraz module offering 42 hours of power reserve.
While the Classic Fusion is easily my favourite line from Hublot, I much prefer the 42mm versions. The TWG connection is also of some note, as they seem to understand the difficult balance one must strike when designing a limited edition model for a second brand. The combination of titanium and ceramic should make the larger case size more wrist friendly, but no matter the materials both of these models are on the larger size of the spectrum. Unlike other cross collaborations we all try to forget, the watches made for TWG (Hublot or otherwise) are fairly reserved and generally just offer the addition of a specially coloured element, like the lovely blue middle barrel on the Bremont MBII/TWG.These two models from Hublot are indeed limited editions, with only 15 of each version being produced. The three-hander will retail for £7,500 ( ~12,330 USD) with the chronograph commanding a £9,600 (~15,785 USD) price tag. Certainly not entry level offerings but the combination of the titanium and ceramic construction along with the very limited production will likely have some Hublot fans reaching for their wallets.