January 21, 2013

In less than a year, it has become one of Hublot’s major bestsellers. It has met with phenomenal success all over the world, in Asia, Europe and the United States. The cornerstone of classic watches at Hublot. An extra-thin skeleton watch, a Classic Fusion whose design has been refined while retaining the dynamic and modern codes immediately recognisable as Hublot. Unveiled at last year’s BaselWorld, initially in King Gold and titanium, its latest incarnation boasts a very elegant case fashioned entirely from polished, satinfinished black ceramic: the new Black Ceramic Extra-thin Skeleton Classic Fusion.

With a diameter of 45 mm, this watch is equipped with Hublot’s new CLASSICO movement (HUB1300), entirely designed and developed in the brand’s manufacture in Nyon. At just 2.90 mm thick, it comprises 130 components which are fabulously showcased by the skeleton design – featuring a resolutely graphic style – which enables expert eyes to admire the watch’s regulating organ, the balance and the escapement. On the dial, it is worth noting that the small second at 7 o’clock and the hands are similar in design to those on the very first Hublot watches: a clever reference to the history of the brand. The assembly is complemented by a strap – black alligator stitched onto rubber – and a deployant buckle which ensure it offers the greatest possible comfort, flexibility and durability. The watch is practical on an everyday level, offering a 90-hour power reserve and water resistance to 50 metres.

Striking a remarkable balance between the classic extra-thin design and Hublot’s trademark dynamic and modern “all-black” look, this piece is a fine exercise in style, providing a wonderful demonstration of the principle of fusion between Tradition and Modernity.