Hands-On with the new Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti

remaining 12 months, at Baselworld 2016, Hublot confirmed once more their concept of “fusion“, this mix of different substances, from time to time alternatively unusual for watches, with an exciting mixture. The brainchild of a partnership among the watchmaker and Berluti, the famous Parisian shoemaker, they carried out patinated leather-based no longer handiest for the straps however additionally at the dials – growing what I in my opinion determined one of the most appealing creations of the brand. today, the identical concept is carried out on a chronograph, the Hublot traditional Fusion Chronograph Berluti.

I’m absolutely conscious that this Hublot x Berluti piece was a rather segmenting watch. not to anyone’s liking, as it is often the case with Hublot, this changed into a ambitious introduction, with a certain area of expertise and a completely unusual refinement. I liked it and determined it justified and properly executed. some disliked it and discovered it inappropriate. In all honesty, this is someway tremendous. at the least, it proves that Hublot dares and doesn’t create moderate object to delight the masses. After the three-hand model of Baselworld 2017, this year Hublot enlarges the gathering with any other constrained version (as maximum of the watches made by way of the logo…) using the same leather dials, the same shade schemes however including the chronograph feature to the package deal, developing the Hublot classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti.

basically, the recipe is the same: two watches, one in black ceramic, one in 18K King Gold, one with black leather, one with brown leather. the main appeal of the those watches are without a doubt their dials. As partnering with what is probably one of the pinnacle five shoemakers within the international, the use of a number of the most valuable leathers and the best patinas, it’d were quite shy to use Berluti handiest to fabricate straps. this is why this uncommon cloth is likewise used for the dials. Indexes and emblems are embossed at the fabric, which suggests active hues. using leather-based for a dial is pretty difficult, due to UVs, mild or water, drawing questions about the getting old procedure. for instance, all of the moisture needed to be eliminated from the fabric earlier than it could be enclosed in the case. moreover, a selected remedy became implemented so that it will make certain the leather doesn’t age too fast.

As said, two hues can be available, each with the 45mm classic Fusion Chronograph case. the first version, the Scritto All Black, functions a black ceramic case, with polished and brushed surfaces, matched with a black “engraved” strap and a black leather dial. the second version, the Scritto King Gold, comes in a heat gold case, with the equal polished and brushed surfaces, and right here paired with a warm tobacco brown strap and leather-based dial (the signature colour of Berluti). each proportion the same display, with a bi-counter chronograph – small 2nd at three and 30-minute counter at nine, with out date. they may be powered by way of the calibre HUB1143, an automatic chronograph motion with 4Hz frequency and 42h energy reserve – a modular movement based on an ETA calibre.

each versions of the Hublot classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti might be limited to 250 pieces. They feature handmade straps blending rubber and Berluti leather and are supplied in a Berluti bespoke field containing a entire Berluti leather care set. prices: round EUR 18,000 (ceramic model, Scritto All Black) and around EUR 36,000 (gold model, Scritto King Gold). greater information on www.hublot.com.


Technical specifications – Hublot traditional Fusion Chronograph Berluti

  • Case: 45mm diameter x 13.40mm thickness – black ceramic or 18K King Gold – Sapphire crystal on both sides – 50m water resistant
  • movement: HUB1143 (ETA base) – automated – 4Hz frequency – 42h electricity reserve – 280 components (59 jewels) – hours, mins, small second, chronograph
  • Strap: rubber with Berluti leather on folding clasp
  • restricted version of 250 pieces, for each versions