Hublot set the tone in Geneva with five incredible new timepieces. We’ve got your first look at these new watches.
The Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon”
Last year, Hublot launched a highly successful partnership with Ferrari, which saw the release of the two first Big Bangs in titanium, as well as the Magic Gold. This year, the collaboration is reaching new heights, with the unveiling of the Hublot introduced this watch as a symbol of the brand’s progress towards verticalisation, with its case and its movement designed, developed, and produced entirely at the Hublot manufacture. The 330-component UNICO movement powers a practical flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, with two push-buttons, date indicator and a unique mechanism with dual coupling and the famous “column wheel” visible on the dial side. The carbon fibre case is created using the multi-layer principle, which ensures no bubbles, thereby giving the material a higher mechanical strength. The mass of the red sapphire crystal for this model was coloured directly by adding chemical components during the development of the material. Thanks to this process, the colour is unalterable.
The Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Black Ceramic
This is the newest incarnation of the extra-thin King Gold and titanium skeleton watch Hublot unveiled at last year’s BaselWorld. The new Extra-thin Skeleton Classic Fusion begins with a 45mm-diameter case fashioned entirely from polished, satin- finished black ceramic. The manufacture’s new 130-component CLASSICO movement (HUB1300), showcased by the skeleton design, powers this timepiece, which has a 90-hour power reserve. Although this timepiece is on the cutting edge of development, it also incorporates Hublot’s storied history; on the dial, the small second at 7 o’clock and the hands echo the design of the manufacture’s first timepieces.
The Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon Black Ceramic
The sleek, contemporary profile and all-black design of the Classic Fusion Black Ceramic Skeleton Tourbillon will make this a strong draw for fans of graphic watches. The satin-finished and polished black ceramic case, in combination with the skeleton tourbillon movement, make this a visually stunning new timepiece. As we saw on the Extra-thin Skeleton Classic Fusion, the hands echo the history of the brand with their design, which is similar to those on the very first Hublot watches. Only ninety-nine numbered pieces of this limited-edition model will be produced, making this a new classic collectible.
The Classic Fusion Chrono Aero
Since it was unveiled in 2007, the Aero Bang model has been a bestsellers for Hublot. Now the company are incorporating the concept of movement on display in the Classic Fusion line. Although it looks like the traditional timepiece for those who love the beautiful mechanical intricacies of the calendar chronograph, this timepiece is actually Hublot’s clever answer to the growing problem of counterfeiting. With the motor showcased rather than hidden away through the graphically openworked dial, this timepiece incorporates a degree of sophistication and ingenuity which makes it incredibly difficult to fake. A 45mm-diameter case with gentle, rounded lines, has two push-buttons on either side of the crown, with two counters at 3 o’clock (small second) and 9 o’clock (30-minute) and a date window at 6 o’clock. This timepiece will be available in both Titanium and King Gold.
The Big Bang “Zebra Bang”
We’re hearing the call of the jungle all the way in Geneva! After their success with the fashionable Leopard Bang and the Boa Bang, Hublot are giving their female clientele the season’s hottest new accessory in zebra print. The Big Bang Zebra begins with a 41mm-diameter case in black ceramic, a bezel set with 48 topazes and baguette-cut spinels, as well as a zebra-print dial highlighted by eight small bezel-set diamonds. At its heart beats a HUB4300 Automatic mechanical chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Fashionistas can finish off the look with a strap made from zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber, or they can chose an edition in either 18K red gold or white ceramic. Only two hundred and fifty pieces of each of the three editions will be produced.
Photos courtesy Hublot.