Last year, we saw something out of the ordinary from Hublot. An extra-thin Classic Fusion with a skeletonized dial that even stalwarts of the brand didn’t see coming.
This year they up the ante even more with one simple addition, something that was missing from last year’s model, a black ceramic case. A nice looking addition to the titanium and rose gold versions that were introduced last year.
Hublot has been gaining ranks in the horological world since its inception simply due to its massive wrist presence of their slightly oversize watches. Needless to say, the trend for oversize watches may be short lived, but slimming it down is a step on the right direction for the pursuit of classicality while retaining the dynamic and modern codes that is Hublot.
Last year’s model was a great step towards thinner in-house movements. Hublot’s caliber HUB1300 comes straight from its manufacture in Nyon. The movement measures a mere 2.90 mm in height, comprises of 123 components, of which 23 jewels and offers a power reserve of whopping 90 hours.
The new extra-thin skeleton watch from Hublot carries the exact same DNA of its older sibling, a diameter of 45 mm and all visual aspects that make a watch look like a Hublot. What really sets this piece apart from its titanium and 18 carat King Gold siblings is the all black ceramic case that simply took the concept of skeleton watches from Hublot to a whole different level. The exterior of the piece is made almost entirely of ceramic, from the bezel, the case-back, the lugs down to the crown itself is either satin-finished or polished ceramic.
The contrast finish of this stealth-bomber like case and its see through dial gives that exquisite feeling of tradition and modernity that only Hublot can pull off. In essence, the piece is a walking contradiction, stealthy case and a loud dial, Hublot style.
Check out Hublot website for more info on the 2013 novelties.
This article is written by Evan Yueng, contributing writer for Monochrome Watches.