hublot - HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION BERLUTI , ALL BLACK
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION BERLUTI , ALL BLACK

HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION BERLUTI , ALL BLACK

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Style or Nothing

Berluti’s emblematic Venezia leather and its famous patina, partnered with Hublot’s innovation in watchmaking creates The Classic Fusion. The fusion of expertise sets this limited edition apart with its bold, distinctive personality.
"Style or nothing. After jeans and lace, we wanted to carry on exploring ways to dress our dials and bracelets with legendary textiles. Leather is a standard material in watchmaking for straps, but we wanted to go beyond the traditional approach to leather and work with THE most emblematic leather there is. Working with Berluti was a natural choice. One of the major difficulties was the dial. Using a living material in a sealed case is very complicated. Finding the perfect balance between the nuances of the dial and the strap is also a challenge."
Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO
Hublot and Berluti work as modern day alchemists to create a watch with character and soul.
In celebration of the Parisian shoemaker’s 120th birthday in 2015 it adorned an array of straps and dials for The Classic Fusion model. The artful combination of the watch, and the shoes exemplified elegance, defining the spirit of the classic gentleman.
"After dressing the Berluti man from head to toe, we collaborated with Hublot to create the perfect watch to complete the silhouette. Both brands share the same level of expertise and a common passion for excellence."
Antoine Arnault, Berluti CEO
Berluti’s Venezia leather with exclusive tanning, is due to Olga Berluti's ingenuity. Hublot has realized the of dressing its dials with this noble and natural material. This complex and delicate process requires the organic components of leather to be neutralized making each dial inimitable. A limited edition available in two models whose straps and dials reveal the sheer skill of the Berluti House. This collaboration of Hublot and Berluti: the master dial face maker and the strap maker defines excellence and distinctive style.
CLASSIC FUSION BERLUTI ALL BLACK
In its eminent monochrome, jet-black style, this new collector's edition has a nero grigio Venezia handmade strap inspired by the art of scarification, marked with the signature "Gaspard" incision of the Berluti House. The 45 mm black ceramic case contains a HUB1100 mechanical self-winding movement with a nero grigio leather dial signed by Berluti. This model has been issued sparsely, in a limited edition of 500.
CLASSIC FUSION BERLUTI SCRITTO
The straps of the 250 model limited edition Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto are expertly carved from Venezia Scritto calf leather with writing inspired by 18th century calligraphy. The bold artist Olga Berluti, was enthused to present a homage to this calligraphy engraved in leather. The tobacco bis hued leather that also gilds the dial, strikes the perfect poise with the warm nuances of Hublot's King Gold.
 
RITUAL
The Classic Fusion straps have been created via the same dedicated procedure as Berluti shoe leather: from patterning, shaping, cutting and assembling the pieces of leather, to the mounting of the strap and lacquering. Each strap is enviably exclusive. The timepieces are presented in Venezia leather settings of nero grigio and tobacco bis colors. The Berluti waxed and brushed objects are an invitation to a ritual, an observance to brilliance.
Give a man fine shoes and a beautiful watch and he can conquer the world...
 
About Berluti
Berluti dates back to Paris in 1895 and has been built by four generations of shoemakers. In 2005 fine leather goods were introduced and, in 2011, a complete clothing collection as well as a bespoke service available in Paris in its rue de Sèvres store.
Berluti has more than 40 stores in all the major cities since 2013.
 

Technical specifications

CLASSIC FUSION BERLUTI
References 511.CM.0500.VR.BER16 (All Black)
Diameter 45 mm
Thickness 10.95 mm
Water-resistance 5 ATM (50 m)
Case Polished and satin-finished black ceramic 
Bezel Polished and vertical Satin-finished black ceramic or 
Bezel lug Black color composite resin
“H” screws Titanium, polished
Glass Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown Black ceramic 
Case-back Polished black ceramic :"LIMITED EDITION 500NUM" + “BERLUTI” (ceramic) 
Case-back glass Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Dial Berluti leather, color “nero” (ceramic) 
Hands Polished black-plated 
Movement Caliber Hublot HUB1100, mechanical self-winding
N° of components 63, Jewels 21, Frequency 4 Hz (28'800 A/h), Power reserve 42 Hours
Strap Black rubber and “Gaspard leather - Berluti” color “nero” with black stitching 
Buckle Black-plated stainless steel deployant buckle clasp 
 

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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