hublot - CLASSIC FUSION EXTRA–THIN SKELETON
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - CLASSIC FUSION EXTRA–THIN SKELETON

CLASSIC FUSION EXTRA–THIN SKELETON

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CLASSIC FUSION EXTRA–THIN SKELETON

Something completely new for the Hublot brand: an extra-thin skeleton watch, a Classic Fusion whose design has been refined, while retaining the dynamic and modern codes immediately recognisable as Hublot. 
With a 45 mm diameter, this watch is equipped with a new movement just 2.90 mm thick, developed by Hublot. It comes in a fully skeleton worked version, made to a resolutely graphic design, which enables expert eyes to admire the watch's regulating part, the balance and the escapement… The dial side features the small seconds at 7 o'clock and the hands that match the design of the very first Hublot watches, as a nice nod to the brand's history. With a 90-hour power reserve and 50-metre water resistance, this piece is available in two versions, one in titanium, and the other in 18K King Gold. 
Exhibiting a marvellous balance between the classic extra-thin look, a symbol of watchmaking art, and Hubot's trademark dynamic and modern design, this piece is a fine exercise in style, providing a wonderful demonstration of the principle of fusion between Tradition and Modernity. 
 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL DETAILS 
References 515.NX.0170.LR - Titanium 
515.OX.0180.LR - 18K King Gold 
Case "Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm 
Titanium or 18K King Gold, polished and satin-finished 
Bezel Titanium or 18K King Gold, with vertical satin finish 
6 H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked titanium screws 
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating 
Bezel Lug Black composite resin 
Crown Polished titanium or 18K King Gold, with Hublot logo 
Case-back Satin-finished titanium or satin-finished 18K King Gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective coating 
Water resistance 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 metres 
Dial Sapphire with silvered or red gold Hublot logo transfer 
Anti-reflective coating on topside/underside 
Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated indexes 
Hands Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated 
Movement HUB1300 hand-wound skeleton 
Small seconds at 7 o'clock 
Thickness 2.90 mm 
Components 123 
Jewels 23 
Frequency 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h) 
Power reserve Approximately 90 hours 
Wristlet Black alligator strap stitched onto black rubber 
Clasp Deployant buckle in black PVD steel or 18K red gold 

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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