For his or her latest collaboration with Hublot, Berluti has had their tradition for fine leather craftsmanship one step further using the Hublot Classic Fusion watches. With this particular new piece, Hublot’s innovative make of watchmaking meets Berluti’s representational Venezia leather and patina in order to obtain a wrist watch which makes leather the undisputed star.
For that numerous leather aspects of the piece, Berluti utilized exactly the same complex method that adopts creating their world-famous shoe leather. What results is really a type of watches where each bit is really a unique creation. The dials, obtainable in color negro grigio and tobacco bis colors, are created with Venezia leather and solely tanned. The entire process of allowing the dials necessitates the organic compounds within the leather to become neutralized, further making each dial from the piece a distinctive thing of beauty.
The situation for versions from the piece is 45mm. The situation from the Berluti Scritto is constructed from 18k King Gold as the situation from the Berluti An All-black Costume is made of satin-finished ceramic. The Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto will come in a restricted edition of 250 pieces as the An All-black Costume version will come in a restricted edition of 500 pieces.
Not every watch produced by Hublot is a big, sporty, horological hulk suited for sports and adventure. Switzerland released two extra-thin Hublot Classic Fusion Skeleton watches, one each in titanium and “King Gold” cases. This year, during the Geneva watch fairs, it introduced another model in a sleek, black ceramic case.
The case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black upholds Hublot tradition with its generous diameter of 45 mm, but has a shirt-cuff-friendly case thickness of just 8.3 mm. The ceramic used for the case and bezel is both polished and satin-finished, Polished ceramic is used for the crown, which bears a Hublot emblem, and the lugs are made of black composite resin. Six of Hublot’s “H”-shaped titanium screws are countersunk into the bezel.
The skeletonized movement, Hublot’s manual-winding HUB1300 “Classico” caliber, was designed and built entirely at the brand’s manufacture in Nyon. Composed of 130 parts, including 23 jewels, it measures a wafer-thin 2.9 mm in thickness. Because of the openworked structure of the movement, wearers can view the watch’s regulating organ, its balance and its escapement, at work even while they’re reading the time. The Classico beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz) and boasts a 90-hour power reserve.
The sapphire dial has a black-transfer Hublot logo at the top and black-coated, polished hands and indices. The shape of the hands, and the placement of the small-seconds subdial at 7 o’clock, are reminiscent of some of the earliest Hublot watches. The strap is a also a “fusion” of materials, with black alligator leather on top stitched to black rubber on the underside, and attached to a polished, satin-finished, black PVD steel deployant buckle.