hublot -  CLASSIC FUSION TOURBILLON
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot -  CLASSIC FUSION TOURBILLON

CLASSIC FUSION TOURBILLON

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High tech and tradition

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A black ceramic skeleton tourbillon watch with a slimmer, more classic profile, but which features an all-black design in line with Hublot's graphic codes. We present the Classic Fusion Black Ceramic Skeleton Tourbillon, one of Hublot's major new arrivals for the start of 2013. Sleek and contemporary but with a timeless elegance drawn from traditional watchmaking values to create one of the kings amongst complications, this piece is truly striking with its satin-finished and polished black ceramic case and resolutely graphic skeleton tourbillon movement, designed, developed and produced from start to finish in the workshops of the Hublot Manufacture. On the dial, it is worth noting that the hands are similar in design to those on the very first Hublot watches: a clever reference to the history of the brand. This timepiece benefits from a 120-hour power reserve and is watertight to 30 metres. With the tourbillon's classic style and the ultramodern, sleek black design, this limited series comprising just 99 numbered pieces perfectly demonstrates the principle of fusing tradition and modernity, outstanding craftsmanship and 21st century creative vision in watchmaking.

Technical specifications

 TECHNICAL DETAILS
  • Reference 505.CM.0140.LR
  •  Black ceramic version (limited to 99 pieces)  
Case :
  • Case "Classic Fusion"
  • Diameter 45 mm
  • Satin-finished, polished black ceramic Bezel Vertical, satin-finished black ceramic 6 H-shaped titanium screws
  • countersunk, polished & locked Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating Bezel Lug Black composite resin Crown Polished black ceramic with Hublot logo Case-back Polished ceramic with sapphire crystal interior anti-reflective coating
  • Water resistance 3 ATM, i.e. approx. 30 metres
Dial :
  • Dial Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on topside/underside Black coated polished index Hands Polished
Movement : 
  • black coated Movement MHUB6010.H1.1
  • Hand-wound skeleton tourbillon movement produced by the Manufacture
  • Components 155
  • Jewels 19
  • Frequency 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
  • Power reserve Approximately 120 hours
Strap : 
  • Strap Black alligator leather stitched onto black rubber
  • black stitching Clasp Black PVD 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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