It might be the week of the Richemont dominated SIHH, but Hublot is in on the game, setting up shop at the devine Kempinski hotel. Love them or hate them, Hublot know who they are and they are unabashed in their approach to watchmaking. In fact they have a strong and definable DNA without wavering from the philosophy of “Fusion”, the combination of new and unique materials.
Hublot doesn’t sit around and wait, they trailblaze new paths. In just five years they’ve put out an astonishing number of references. And while Hublot is definitely about design cues don’t dismiss them as watchmakers. From the workshops have come the UNICO movement and last year the Extra-thin Skeleton. And we musn’t forget the unusual masterpieces like the Key of Time.
If you’re looking for the traditional and conservative, Hublot is not the watch for you. However, if you are a person who treads their own path, the brand offers modern watchmaking with an experimental twist.
Making its debut is a new reference with the CLASSICO movement (HUB1300), the Extra-thin Skeleton developed completely in-house. Debuting last year in King Gold and titanium this time around Hublot goes to its cloak-and-dagger look with a polished and satin-finished black ceramic 45mm case. The movement, comprised of 130 components, is just 2.90mm thick. Plus, it’s got a whopping 90 hours of power reserve.
Part of the fun of mechanical watches is seeing the parts move in concert and Hublot doesn’t disappoint. On view are the regulating organ, balance and escapement. A small seconds indicator sits discretely at 7 o’clock. In homage to its roots the hands resemble those on the first Hublot watches. The Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Black Ceramic comes on a black alligator strap stitched onto rubber.
Not to be forgotten are women and Hublot is nothing if not fun. Each year for inspiration they turn to the animal kingdom. Complementing the Leopard Bang and Boa Bang the Big Bang Zebra makes its debut. The timing is perfect, as zebra is hot. It’s the print of the season, seen on runways and in all the high-fashion mags. In a 41mm black ceramic case, the zebra-print dial is surrounded by a sparkly bezel composed of 48 topazes and baguette-cut spinels completed with 8 diamonds.
The Big Bang Zebra runs on an automatic chrono movement and wraps around the wrist with a zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber. It’s also offered in 18K red gold and white ceramic and all are limited to 250 pieces.