Partners for more than 40 years, Hublot and The Hour Glass have teamed up once more to introduce a special edition fusing the character of natural stone dials with Hublot’s signature Classic Fusion collection.
Always experimental, Hublot this time selected five natural elements to express itself in a novel, vibrant and captivating way; a cornerstone of its developmental philosophy – the ‘Art of Fusion’. Adorned with Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, Malachite, Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli, these new Classic Fusion models, created exclusively for The Hour Glass, showcase the beauty of the natural elements while proving once more that Hublot stops at nothing to master new materials and expand its creativity.
The Classic Fusion reinterprets Hublot’s ground-breaking original 1980 timepiece: combining precious and modern materials on an immediately recognisable design inspired by a ship’s porthole (a “hublot” in French). Simple and streamlined, the collection distils the story of Hublot into a minimalist watch perfect for any occasion. Available in a wide variety of movements, designs, materials and colours, the Classic Fusion is as its name implies. Each iteration of this much-loved collection injects the DNA of the 1980 original timepiece with a new interpretation of the ‘Art of Fusion’ philosophy.
In 2022, Hublot continues its exploration of innovative materials with the Classic Fusion 42mm Elements special edition for The Hour Glass. In the spirit of the ‘Art of Fusion’, five dial variations have been carved from vibrant minerals: Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, Malachite, Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli. Housed within satin-finished and polished titanium cases with polished King Gold crowns and bezel lugs, the stone dials reveal their natural beauty and character.
Each dial’s radiance is further amplified by the inclusion of polished King Gold H-shaped bezel screws and polished gold-plated hour, minute, and seconds hands. Faithful to the ‘Art of Fusion’, Hublot demonstrates once again its mastery in combining natural and high tech materials.
In its quest to be different and conquer materials, Hublot distinguishes itself through the rare art of crafting stone dials. Sourcing the finest stones represents the first challenge. It then requires the attention of highly skilled artisans to cut and polish the stones in order to adjust their thickness. Cut from an individual mineral, each dial features a unique pattern. No two watches are the same.
The Classic Fusion 42mm Elements special edition for The Hour Glass is imbued with the character and intensity of natural elements. The unique properties of Tiger’s Eye lie in the yellow, gold and brown striations that mimic the distinctive fur of a tiger. When intricately cut and polished, Tiger’s Eye allows for a captivating warm dial, imbued with an earthy character.
A special edition of 10 watches per dial execution, the Classic Fusion 42mm Elements is powered by the 4Hz self-winding Hublot HUB1100 calibre with 42 hours of power reserve. The movement is visible through the satin-finished titanium case back via an anti-reflective sapphire exhibition window with engraving of “SPECIAL EDITION” “XX/10” framing its circumference.
Each watch is released with a black alligator strap with 5N Gold stitching on black rubber and features a gold-plated stainless steel deployant buckle clasp.
The Classic Fusion 42mm Elements special edition for The Hour Glass retails for SGD 26,500 or SGD 28,500 depending on the dial execution and is available exclusively at The Hour Glass boutiques in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand.