Swiss luxury watchbrand Hublot and The Watch Gallery launched two new limited edition timepieces last Thursday night at The Ace Hotel amid a crowd of lively guests overlooking the beautiful London skyline.
This is the third collaboration between the two companies, demonstrating, for Hublot UK & Eastern Europe Brand Director Benoît Lecigne “how a partnership can be successful in the long run if both companies share the same values and common objectives”.
The two limited edition timepieces – the Classic Fusion & Classic Fusion Chronograph 45mm Special Editions ‘The Watch Gallery’ – combine features from each of the partner companies: satin-finished titanium cases and H-shaped screws from Hublot, with the signature blue colour of The Watch Gallery on the watch sunray dial, stitching and tinted blue case-back.
Only a few elements differentiate the two models – the Chronograph has polished rhodium-plated hands and a blue chronograph second hand giving it a sports-led look whereas the Classic Fusion is more a classic approach for the perfect everyday watch – yet these two limited edition timepieces, “bridge the gap between sports style and an elegant evening watch” said Adrian Maronneau, Director of Buying & Merchandising at The Watch Gallery.
Both models have a polished and satin-finished titanium case, polished and satin-finished black ceramic bezel, sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment, and blue sunray satin-finish dial with satin-finished rhodium-plated appliques. The crown in polished titanium features the Hublot logo, while the satin-finished titanium case back is engraved with “SPECIAL EDITION” + “XX/35”. These timepieces are fitted with blue rubber and black alligator straps with blue stitching and stainless steel deployant buckle clasp, and are water resistant to 5 ATM (50 m). Limited to 35 pieces each.
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Special Edition ‘The Watch Gallery’
Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB1112. Power reserve: 42 Hours.
Priced at RRP £7,500.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 45mm Special Edition ‘The Watch Gallery’
Polished rhodium-plated hands and a blue chronograph second hand
Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB1143
Priced at RRP £9,500
Available throughout The Watch Gallery’s Hublot outlets: The Wonder Room, Selfridges, Oxford Street, London / The Watch Gallery, Selfridges Manchester Exchange/ The Watch Gallery, Westfield and online at www.thewatchgallery.com
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