hublot - HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION GREEN TITANIUM 42MM
hublot - HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION GREEN TITANIUM 42MM

HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION GREEN TITANIUM 42MM

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"A veritable fusion between the traditional and the cutting-edge"

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 make 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.

 

"A strap to a watch is like a pair of shoes to an outfit, the perfect complement to a look. Each Hublot watch comes on a perfectly matched strap that becomes an inherent part of the overall design."

 

 

 

THE PERFECT ACCENT TO ANY HUBLOT

 

A strap to a watch is like a pair of shoes to an outfit, the perfect complement to a look. Each Hublot watch comes on a perfectly matched strap that becomes an inherent part of the overall design.

 

Undoubtedly a staple element for Hublot, considered the originator of the rubber watch strap, Hublot produces a wide range of textures of its signature natural rubber straps across all collections, from smooth to structured and flat to three-dimensional. Going beyond the standard black rubber, Hublot offers the rubber strap in countless colors perfectly matching a watch’s color accents including the Kevlar inserts on the sides and giving the appearance that the strap goes right through the center portion of the case.

 

Combining the durability of rubber with the opulence of exotic leathers is the “gummy” alligator strap, which boasts the water-resistance and durability of natural rubber with the elegance and opulence of an alligator skin strap. Inlaid into the rubber, the alligator leather is given a rubberized surface and texture, making it seamlessly blend with the rubber in terms of looks and feel.

 

Hublot also incorporates other fabrics and materials onto the rubber strap, including high-tech fabrics such as flameproof Nomex® and even denim. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of its partners and ambassadors, Hublot creates entirely new designs and executions for such special series.

 

For those who prefer the feel of something more substantial, Hublot also offers metal and ceramic bracelets that perfectly integrate with a watch’s case and follows the mix of materials and surface treatments. Even for diamond-embellished pieces, Hublot offers the option of a matching steel or gold bracelet hand set with brilliant or baguette cut diamonds.

Technical specifications

REFERENCE : 542.NX.8970.LR

 

 

CASE

- 42 mm

- Satin-finished and Polished Titanium

- Bezel : Satin-finished and Polished Titanium with 6 H-shaped Titanium Screws

- Water resistance : 50m or 5 ATM

 

MOVEMENT

- Caliber HUB1110

- Self-winding Movement

- Power reserve : 42H

 

CRYSTAL

- Sapphire

- Anti-reflective Treatment

 

DIAL

- Satin-finished Green Sunray

 

STRAP & BUCKLE

- Black Rubber and Green Alligator Straps

- Stainless Steel Deployant Buckle Clasp

 

Who's who

« Je connaissais Jean-Claude depuis 20 ans. Lorsqu’il a repris Hublot, je lui ai proposé d’ouvrir une boutique dédiée à Paris. Il est venu voir les locaux. Nous avons discuté à peine 45 minutes et l’affaire était entendue ».

 

La relation entre Chronopassion et Hublot est ainsi faite de confiance mutuelle, de spontanéité et de convictions sur les projets les plus porteurs. « Il n’y a pas lieu de discuter ce qui est entendu », disait Lauren Adams. Voilà qui s’applique sans conditions aux personnalités de Jean-Claude Biver, ex CEO de Hublot, et de Laurent Picciotto, fondateur de Chronopassion.

 

Car, avant d’être une histoire de marque et de produits, Hublot et Chronopassion, c’est avant tout une histoire d’hommes. Lorsqu’en 1980, Carlo Crocco créa la montre Hublot avec une boîte en or et un bracelet en caoutchouc, c’était la première fois dans l’horlogerie qu’une matière précieuse, l’or, était associée à du caoutchouc.

 

Dans le milieu des années 90, le caoutchouc devient prisé des grandes marques horlogères, prouvant la validité du parti pris de Hublot. Pour la marque, le caoutchouc n’est pas un phénomène de mode mais représente sa philosophie, sa marque de fabrique.

 

Après 15 ans à la tête de Hublot, Carlo Crocco, pris par ses multiples activités pour sa Fondation MDM, se met à la recherche de l’homme qui pourrait prendre la barre de sa maison horlogère et rencontre alors Jean-Claude Biver, qui venait de quitter Blancpain.

 

En mai 2004, et jusqu’en 2012, il redressera puis dirigera Hublot. « Nous routes se sont notamment croisées en 2006 », se souvient Laurent Picciotto. « Jean-Claude avait déjà fait une forte actualisation de la marque, avec la mise à niveau des lignes comme la Big Bang, la Classic Fusion ou encore la King Power. C’était le début de la renaissance de Hublot. Il m’a dessiné des plans, des croquis, des rébus, tracé une feuille de route.

 

Lorsqu’il a quitté son poste de CEO en 2012, non seulement j’ai compris qu’il avait eu en tête, dès le début, la totalité de sa feuille de route, mais qu’en plus il l’avait réalisée, et en avance sur son timing ». Parmi les étapes importantes de la marque, le rachat de BNB Concept s’est avéré fondamental. La société était en effet depuis 2004 le sous-traitant de Hublot pour la réalisation des ses montres à complications, notamment les tourbillons.

 

Lorsque BNB s’est trouvée dans une mauvaise passe financière, Hublot s’en est porté acquéreur. Automatiquement, la marque est devenue « manufacture ». Elle a ainsi pu proposer des modèles relevant de la haute horlogerie, notamment de multiples tourbillons voire des Répétitions Minute ou des réalisation plus atypiques comme la Key of Time.

 

Ensemble, les deux hommes vont construire non pas une relation commerciale, mais un partenariat. Laurent Picciotto et Jean-Claude Biver vont créer plusieurs séries personnalisées et s’employer à construire les fondements de ce qui deviendra Hublotista, la communauté des possesseurs de Hublot. Dans tous les cas, la passion reste leur moteur et l’instinct, leur critère de choix.

 

Journaliste : Olivier Müller

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