hublot - Classic fusion Chronograph
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - Classic fusion Chronograph

Classic fusion Chronograph

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Classic fusion Chronograph

FROM MICRO-COMPONENTS TO A FINISHED WATCH, EVERY DETAIL COUNTS WHEN ASSEMBLING A HUBLOT WATCH.
Within the walls of Hublot’s vast manufacture, one can witness the most traditional of watchmaking crafts being employed alongside state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, a veritable fusion between the traditional and the cutting-edge.
Hublot’s in-house developed and manufactured Unico movement for example is hand-assembled from over 300 individual components. Typically, a watchmaker receives a kit with all the necessary pieces from the production ateliers and then assembles them in the batches of around 25 movements simultaneously.
While most of the movement’s parts are hand-assembled, Hublot also relies on technologically advanced automated and semi-automated high-tech method for certain tasks, such as setting the rubies into the plates and bridges as well as applying precise amount of lubricant oil.
Once the movements are complete, the final watches are hand-assembled by watchmakers based on function. The process begins by attaching the movement onto the dial, followed by fixing and aligning the hands onto it. A watchmaker then tests all the functions of the watch such as the chronograph and quick-date mechanism, while paying attention to the movement of the hands. The movement and dial are then intricately placed into the watch’s case, which would be pre-assembled by another dedicated watchmaker.
Once the external elements like the crown and pusher are set into place, the functions are tested once again to ensure smooth operation. The movement’s oscillating rotor is screwed into place, then the final case element, the case back, is screwed into place and the watch is ready to undergo testing for chronometric performance and water resistance.
Finally, the strap and buckle are screwed to the case, and the watch is sealed in an argon gas-filled pouch to prevent oxidation and condensation; ready to makes its way to a Hublot customer.
Quality control is carried out at every step during the watch assembly process. Each watchmaker is expected to verify the work of the previous watchmaker handling the piece and verify whether it conforms to Hublot’s strict quality standards. Should a problem arise at any point in the assembly line, the watch is sent back to the start of the production line to be disassembled, and the process starts all over again.
At the High Complications department, assembly works differently in a much more traditional manner. Given the sheer complexity of High Complications watches including the MP series, tourbillons and striking timepieces, such pieces are individually hand-assembled from start to finish by a single watchmaker, sometimes requiring up to three months to complete a single watch.

Technical specifications

CLASSIC FUSION
Blue Chronograph King Gold
HUB1143 Self-winding Chronograph Movement
REF: 521.OX.7180.LR
Details & Materials Case
Polished and Satin-finished 18K King Gold
Bezel
Polished and Satin-finished 18K King Gold with 6 H- shaped Titanium Screws
Dial
Blue Sunray Satin-finished Dial Polished Gold-plated Appliques and Hands
Movement
HUB1143 Self-winding Chronograph Movement
Strap
Blue Rubber and Alligator Straps
 

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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