A surprising new member of the Hublot Classic Fusion Leather Replica watch family this year will be the new Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton. It is relatively thin (especially for a Hublot), it is relatively simple (just the time), and it has a very nice looking modern skeletonized movement and dial. Overall a winner if the look suits you.
Recently the Classic Fusion collection came out (covered here) and was an interesting mix of Big Bang and more traditional watch looks. I had some nice things to say about it, but this Extra-Thin Skeleton model is much more impressive. I actually like that the hands are not skeletonized. Speaking of which, there is this huge trend in people making skeletonized hands and I really don’t get it. Do people really go so ga-ga over skeletonized hands?
Skeletonzied movements on the other hands are much more interesting. Here, Hublot seems to take a base Unitas style manually-wound movement and built it using a new framework with technical looking bridges and a hip modern feel. This sure isn’t your grandfather’s skeletonized watch. The movement is called the Hublot caliber HUB1300 and is just 2.90mm thick with a 90 hour power reserve. It only has the time with subsidiary seconds dial. Overall it looks fantastic and very nice with the Classic Fusion case and style.
The dial has nicely sized hands that aren’t too short. Short hands on this watch would kill it for me – but Hublot Classic Fusion 42mm Replica doesn’t fail at all in this department. While the movement is the dial, Hublot is still able to apply sizable hour markers to ensure legibility is high. This is done with a sapphire plate over the movement I believe. An interesting design touch is that the Hublot uses a thin black outline for its logo to ensure it sticks out. I quite like that.
Offered in both titanium and 18k King Gold (basically red gold), the Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton comes in a 45mm wide case attached to a black alligator (with a rubber lining) strap. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and looks real nice on the wrist. Hublot really did an excellent job with these and both versions look nice. They will actually be offered as limited editions. There will be 1000 pieces of the Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton in titanium and 500 pieces of the watch in King Gold. Look for them later in 2012.
TECHNICAL DETAILS from Hublot:
References 515.NX.0170.LR – Titanium, 1000-piece limited series
515.OX.0180.LR – 18K King Gold, 500-piece limited series
Case “Classic Fusion” – Diameter 45 mm
Titanium or 18K King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Bezel Titanium or 18K King Gold, with vertical satin finish
Yes, it’s a Hublot for people who might not enjoy Hublots and are searching for something new in a sea of watches that blend into the crowd. It offers a distinctive movement, as well as elegant and classy looks planted in a modern, 45mm-wide case that is softened by being rather thin. You can definitely understand the “worth” of everything Hublot is offering here, especially if you’re the kind of person who wants to flaunt without being obnoxious about it. Really, it’s among my favorite Hublot pieces and also a watch I adore overall. The Hublot Classic Fusion Power Reserve Titanium isn’t inexpensive at $16,400, but if you’re interested in the kind of piece I just described, you need to give this opinion a serious look.The new Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti Scritto watches build upon the achievement of last year’s Classic Fusion Berluti watch. And like last year’s model, the brand new watches utilize Berluti’s distinctive patinated leathers for the straps in addition to the dials, creating a consequence of the strap continuing right through the watch for a very cohesive look.Two models will be offered, one in 18k King Gold with a brown leather strap, and another in black ceramic with a black leather strap. In other words, the characteristics that define the timeless Fusion Chronograph instance, like the H-shaped screws, incorporated lugs, and differing finishes in the case, are all intact. Water resistance is rated at 50m.
6 H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug Black composite resin
Crown Polished titanium or 18K King Gold, with Hublot Classic Fusion 525.Ox.0180.Lr Replica logo
Case-back Satin-finished titanium or satin-finished 18K King Gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective coating
Water resistance 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 metres
Dial Sapphire with silvered or red gold Hublot logo transfer
Anti-reflective coating on topside/underside
Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated indexes
Hands Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated
Movement HUB1300 hand-wound skeleton
Small seconds at 7 o’clock
Thickness 2.90 mm
Frequency 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve Approximately 90 hours
Wristlet Black alligator strap stitched onto black rubber
Clasp Deployant buckle in black PVD steel or 18K red gold