Baselworld – Hublot Classic Fusion Extra–Thin Skeleton

Something completely new from Hublot: an extra-thin skeleton watch. Hublot created a model in the Classic Fusion collection by adding a skeletonized dial and a brand new in-house extra-thin movement. 

At Monochrome we already asked ourselves if Piaget was going to set a trend and judging on the recent developments, like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin, we guess guess they did. Although the new Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton and fore-mentioned AP RO don’t have fully PVD coated movement, they are extra-thin and skeletonized.

The new Hublot caliber HUB1300 is 2.90 mm thick, which is 0.20 mm thicker than Piaget’s caliber 838P. Both calibers are skeletonized and hand-wound. Although the difference in thickness of the movement is minimal, Hublot’s case seems much thicker. The movement Audemars Piguet used in the Royal Oak Openworked is the ultra-thin self-winding calibre 5122, which is 3.05 mm thick (same thickness as the famous caliber 2121).

Skeletonizing an extra-thin movement is difficult and it’s not possible to set a new record for the thinnest movement, if you plan to skeletonize it. Simply imagine a movement of less than 3 mm thick… indeed, that’s as thick as two credit cards! And it still has to power your watch with at least a day of power reserve and run within COSC specifications.

Hublot did a spectacular job here, delivering no less than 90 hours of power reserve from this extra-thin movement! Some more specs: 123 components, 23 jewels and it beats with 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz).

The skeletonized dial makes it possible to see the watch’s escapement. The dial side features a small seconds at 7 o’clock.

The new Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton measures 45 mm in diameter and this is the largest size available in the Classic Fusion collection. Other watches in that collection measure 38 mm and 42 mm in diameter. The new Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton is 50 meters water resistant and is available in two versions, one in titanium, limited to 1000 pieces, and the other in 18K ‘King Gold’, with just 500 pieces.

More info can be found at the Hublot website.

 

Frank Geelen

Frank Geelen is an expert on Haute Horlogerie and his horological heart beats faster from beautiful hand-finished mechanical movements. He loves to explain all technical details of complications like tourbillons, minute repeaters, constant force escapements and column-wheel chronographs and he has been doing that for more than seven years. Besides publishing daily here at Monochrome Watches, Frank also writes for several other publications, both online and offline.

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One Response to “Baselworld – Hublot Classic Fusion Extra–Thin Skeleton”

  1. Simon says:

    definitely an oxymoron, but some of the only territory hublot hasn’t stepped into yet.

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