Partnerships happen every day for practical and creative reasons. Hublot, known throughout the world for its partnerships, has teamed up with sports stars, such as Usain Bolt and Ferrari and its racing team, to create iconic timepieces. Now, by putting a new twist on the Classic Fusion, Hublot has new limited collections from its partnerships with Italia Independent and Arturo Fuente.
Hublot and Italia Independent released two previous collections based on the Big Bang Unico model but decided to go in a new direction with the Classic Fusion. This time, Italia Independent founder Lapo Elkann and Hublot chose to work with Rubinacci, the Italian textile masters, to create something very different in the world of watches: a fabric dial. It’s called the Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent. Both worked closely with Rubinacci to select the fabrics for the dial and the straps, giving the watches a uniform look. These watches have the classic, elegant look of other Hublots, but the houndstooth and plaid fabrics give them a distinctive look. Six different pieces are available to choose from, all with the HUB1143 self-winding chronograph movement. The cases are made from materials that range from ceramic to King Gold to titanium, pairing best with the fabric that was chosen for the dial and band. These timepieces are not only functional but also have become a part of fashion. Prices range from $15,100 to $35,100.
Arturo Fuente is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its most prized creation, the Fuente Fuente Opus X cigar, which cigar connoisseurs all over the world recognize for its quality and flavor. It was only natural that Hublot commemorate it by creating the Hublot Classic Fusion 45 mm Fuente 20th Anniversary Special Edition. Three models—a limited production of 20 watches each—are available, all with Hublot’s caliber automatic movement HUB1112 with a 42-hour power reserve. The first model has a 45 mm case in satin-finished black ceramic with its bezel cut from the same material. The blue dial is adorned with red gold-plated hands and the famous X, doubled for the occasion, to show the number 20 in Roman numerals. The second version has livery in brushed titanium. Its case and bezel are embossed with engravings showing tobacco leaf motifs intertwined with the letter X. The third version is in King Gold, a red gold material, and it has the same engravings and features as the titanium model. All three versions are delivered to the customer in a functioning humidor designed by Hublot.
Once again Hublot has created timepieces that are fashionable and functional. With the fabric dials and humidor cases, Hublot has shown the world that pushing the boundaries and creativity produce a watch that excels in quality.