hublot - Hublot Aerofusion Moonphase Titanium
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - Hublot Aerofusion Moonphase Titanium

Hublot Aerofusion Moonphase Titanium

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REVEALING THE MICRO-MECHANICAL WONDER WITHIN.

There’s nothing quite as alluring as the beating movement of a skeleton watch.
Originally conceived during the 18th century French Enlightenment period, skeleton watches were made to allow the wearer to understand how they worked.
While there’s no strict definition or set of criteria as to what makes a watch’s movement a skeleton, it is generally accepted that it’s a watch where the inner workings of its movement or mechanism such as its gears, barrel and escapement are visible through an open dial and a movement where only the necessary parts are kept; allowing the wearer to admire the working mechanism of his or her watch.
In modern watchmaking, there are two distinct forms of skeleton watches. The first more traditional kind is what’s referred to as a “skeletonized” or “open-worked” movement, where the nonessential parts are manually removed, including portions of the main-plate, bridges barrels and just about any non-moving component. The skeletal part of the movement is then decorated, typically with engraved patterns. While this method produces a classically elegant skeleton movement, it limits the possible designs since the base is a standard movement.
At the Hublot manufacture, a more modern approach to making skeleton watches is taken, where the movements are designed and manufactured from the ground up to allow the visibility of as many moving components as possible, all while retaining a unique aesthetic code.
Using modern architecture as a design influence, Hublot’s skeletons range from ultra-thin, time-only calibers the to high complications movements. With several different movement finishes and surface treatments possible and even the setting of diamonds and glass components onto the movement, the art of skeleton watches is one Hublot expresses in the most novel ways.

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
OUTER CASING

REFERENCE
 517.NX.0170.LR
CASE SIZE
 45 mm
CASE
 Polished and Satin-finished Titanium
BEZEL
 Polished and Satin-finished Titanium with 6 H-shaped Titanium Screws
INNER CASING

CRYSTAL
 Sapphire with Anti-reflective Treatment
DIAL
 Sapphire Dial
Polished Rhodium-plated Appliques and Hands
STRAP & CLASP

STRAP
 Black Rubber and Alligator Straps 
CLASP 
Stainless Steel Deployant Buckle Clasp
INNER WORKINGS

MOVEMENT
 HUB1131
Self-winding Moon Phase Movement
Day and Month by Calendar display at 12.00, Date by Hand in 6.00 Counter, Skeleton Moonphase in 6.00 Counter
POWER RESERVE
42 Hours
 

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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