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The Tour Auto on Hublot time

Hublot is further strengthening its links with the automotive industry and the exclusive world of classic cars! The luxury Swiss watch brand is especially proud to be the exclusive watchmaking partner of one of the most prestigious collectors' car rallies in Europe: The Tour Auto Optic 2000. "Exceptional cars or collectors' cars are often only children's toys, sought out by adults in an attempt to recapture their childhood dreams. It is this emotional dimension which ultimately creates their real value, and represents the real significance of the collector's car. Cars and watches both belong to the same world: of dreams and toys", explains Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, and owner of classic cars including a Ferrari 275 GT4 and a Ford GT40. Patrick Peter (Peter Auto): I would like to welcome Hublot, our new prestigious partner. I'm delighted to see the Tour Auto Optic 2000 associated with this brand, which embodies excellence in its field. This partnership confirms the appeal of our event. Watchmaking and motor sports are two worlds which share many common values. And more specifically, when it comes to Hublot I am sure the links will be especially close, as I know Jean-Claude Biver has a passion for fine automotive machinery. We hope to see him at the Tour Auto Optic 2000 behind the wheel of one of his favourite vehicles. " Hublot – led by Chairman Jean-Claude Biver and CEO Ricardo Guadalupe - has been involved in the world of motor sports as the watch partner of Ferrari and of the Scuderia Ferrari during the Grand Prix. Having partnered the 50th anniversary of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO in 2012 and other events including the Tribute to Ferrari which opened the Mille Miglia rally in Italy, joining Ferrari for a major event in Pebble Beach, California, and closer to the manufacture, where the brand supported the relaunch of the Montreux Grand Prix in Switzerland, the brand is strengthening its presence in the exclusive world of classic cars.

About Hublot

"Hublot? A different way to progress" say those who know this unique Swiss watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, a meteoric rise initiated and developed by Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot's Chairman, and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO, who are responsible for turning this brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power and Classic Fusion represent the symbols of a constantly developing tradition. From watch complications to the research and manufacture of new materials such as 18K Magic Gold, to worldwide collaborations such as the FIFA World Cup™ and Ferrari, Hublot represents the fusion between watchmaking tradition and the creative vision of the 21st century. The Classic Fusion Tour Auto Chrono To celebrate the first year of this partnership, Hublot presents the Classic Fusion Tour Auto Chrono, a limited edition of just 100 numbered watches. Made from titanium - a lightweight, durable alloy resistant to corrosion - this sporty and elegant watch, which still respects traditional Haute horlogerie codes, is equipped with a HUB1143 self-winding mechanical Chronograph movement with date comprising 280 components including 59 jewels, and oscillating at frequency of 28,600 vibrations/hour. The opaline dial with navy blue and red vertical stripes features two black satin-finished sunburst counters, one on the left at 9 o'clock for the minutes and the other on the right at 3 o'clock for the seconds, titanium coloured baton indexes and a date window at 6 'clock. This is complemented with a white perforated calfskin strap sewn onto rubber with navy blue and red stitching detail, which provides it with exceptional flexibility and resistance. 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL DETAILS
  • Reference 521.NX.2612.VR.TRA13 Limited series of just 100 numbered pieces
CASE:
  • "Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm Satin-finished polished titanium with satin-finished end-pieces
  • Bezel Satin-finished titanium with 6 H-shaped titanium countersunk, polished & locked screws.
  • Crystal Sapphire with anti-reflective coating Case-back Satin-finished titanium with special Tour Auto 2013 engraving Crown Satin-finished polished titanium with the Hublot logo Screws Titanium
  • Power reserve Approximately 42 hours
  • Water resistance 5 ATM or 50 metres
DIAL:
  • Opaline with titanium coloured appliques Hands Faceted, diamond-polished
  • skeleton, rhodium-plated Movement HUB 1143 Automatic mechanical chronograph No. of components 280 Jewels 59 Bridges Satin-finished
  • bevelled and polished Date Rectangular window at 6 o'clock Oscillating weight Tungsten carbide with black PVD coated dimpled surface
STRAP:
  • White perforated calfskin stit
  • Steel deployant buckle

Who's who

“I’d known Jean-Claude for 20 years. When he took over Hublot, I offered to open a dedicated store in Paris. He came to see the premises. We talked together for barely 45 minutes before reaching an agreement.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Hublot is built on mutual trust, spontaneity – and firm convictions about the projects with the greatest potential. As Lauren Adams would say, “there’s no point discussing what’s already been agreed.” It’s the perfect adage when it comes to the personalities of former Hublot CEO Hublot Jean-Claude Biver and Laurent Picciotto, the founder of Chronopassion. Rather than simply being the story of a brand and its products, Hublot and Chronopassion is above all a story with a strongly personal touch. When Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch with a gold case and a rubber strap in 1980, it was the first time in the history of watchmaking that a precious material, gold, had been used alongside rubber. In the mid-1990s, rubber became prized by many leading watchmaking brands, demonstrating that Hublot’s decision had been the right one. For the brand, rubber was anything but a fad – rather, it embodied its philosophy and became its hallmark. Having headed up Hublot for fifteen years, Carlo Crocco became increasingly busy with work for his MDM Foundation, so he set out to find the right person to take the helm of the watchmaking firm. That was when he met Jean-Claude Biver, who had just left Blancpain. Biver put Hublot back on the road to recovery, becoming head of the company from May 2004 through to 2012. “Our paths crossed in 2006,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “Jean-Claude had already brought the brand right up to date, with lines like Big Bang, Classic Fusion and King Power. This was the beginning of the rebirth of Hublot. He drew plans, diagrams, rebuses and roadmaps for me. When he stepped down from his position as CEO in 2012, I realised that he had had his entire roadmap in mind right from the word go. Not only that, but that he had completed it – ahead of time.” The takeover of BNB Concept proved to be a key turning-point for the brand. The company had been subcontracting for Hublot since 2004, dealing with complication watches, particularly tourbillons. At a time when BNB was struggling financially, Hublot offered to buy out the firm. The brand thereby became a “manufacture”, enabling it to supply haute horlogerie models, notably a large number of tourbillons and Minute Repeaters, as well as more atypical pieces such as the Key of Time. Together, Laurent Picciotto and Jean-Claude Biver forged a partnership rather than a commercial relationship. The two men created a number of custom series and set about laying the foundations of what was to become Hublotista, the community of Hublot owners. At the end of the day, they are still motivated by passion – and guided above all by instinct.

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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