Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

What do you get if you mix the Hublot Aero Bang and the Classic Fusion? The Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph (Chrono), of course. For 2013, Hublot releases this new model family in both titanium and 18k red gold that is a pleasant combination of two successful product lines. This might be the less intense modern-looking skeletonized chronograph watch that you are looking for.

Speaking of skeletonized chronograph watches, how many can you think of? Right, not too many. Six or so years ago Hublot debuted the Aero Bang version of the Big Bang that took a Big Bang case and skeletonized the dial and movement. It was a popular seller from the start and was released when skeletonized dials were all the range. To an extent they still are, and the trick to a good skeletonized watch is one that is attractive but also legible. You'll find watches that do both to be rather rare. Hublot gets around the legibility problem (for the most part) by placing applied hour indicators and large hands on the dial. So much of the time, the hands just blend in with the exposed movement.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

Speaking of movement, the Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph contains the Hublot caliber 1155 automatic movement that looks rather nice when cut up. Movements such as this seem to have been designed from the ground up to be "exposed." Different finishes and materials help the movement elements pop out when you look through the dial. Having said that, the movement as seen through the back of the watch through the sapphire caseback window is rather standard with no skeletonization. The only unique detail on the back of the movement is the custom Hublot automatic rotor.

The calibre 1155 has a 30 minute chronograph and the date in addition to the time. It may be difficult to tell, but the date is read at the 6 o'clock position. Hublot goes heavy on the grays and metal colors in this movement. I think the idea is going for a modern industrial look - which is the case with most Hublot movements. Hublot began skeletonizing the Classic Fusion recently with the Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton (hands-on). You'll notice there how much they take an angular and technical approach to skeletonization. Opting for a more contemporary look versus floral and Arabesque designs which other horology houses are known to engrave into their skeletonized movements.

12 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I'm generally not a fan of skeletonized movements/dial-less watches, but this one is actually quite attractive. 


I would have thought this is a great watch for a magic gold case - have they abandoned that?

nateb123
nateb123

I really like the design but the back looks like it's from the lower end of the Baume and Mercier range.  That is just a sin to put so little attention into the back.

shirer
shirer

I'd like to own a Hublot, but if I bought one, I figure I'd be one of the few people who actually paid for one of their watches.  Each week, they announce some new spokesperson or group, including amongst others, the Chinese Badminton Team, or they have some new limited edition such as the Bing Bang Depeche Mode.  

What or who is next in the Hublot line-up?  I race bikes (bicycles) and last year, won the Texas 50+ age group championship.  I'm available if they want to do a limited version of a watch for me.  Badminton, Electronic music from the 80s... Why not some geezer who rides bikes?

Hype and more hype.  Hublot spends millions on marketing and give-aways, and then expects the average consumer to pay way too much money for their ETA movements watches.

RaoMak1
RaoMak1

Nice watch, skeletonization does add an umph to the watch but at the same time it does kinda make it hard to read time and add distractions. but all in all a great looking watch, initially I though it doesn't have a date in it, but after a close view finally saw the round date dial.

Nice article, covers all in best possible way.

CG
CG

This is new? Just a marketing variation... which is what H is good at, watches? Sometimes but years ago.

LapYoda
LapYoda

The dial is attractive.  But despite that attention to detail on the front of the watch, the display back is crushingly disappointing and looks like an off-the-shelf ETA with a custom rotor (big deal).  For prices starting at $16K, I expect a *lot* more.  Definitely not a "Big Bang" for the buck.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Just like Richard Mille, Hublot is beating a dead horse with the same old case design. The skeletonized movement is nice but that only goes so far. Let's mix it up a little guys and come out with something different.

hobycook
hobycook

Talk of the 1115 movement being from the ground up - It looks like a re-worked ETA 2892-A2 to me. and I know for a fact that many of their watches have used ETA's in the past.  Hublot is a rip-off any way you slice it.

droo
droo

Hublot stays as a really strange brand to me. It might be one of the rare brand I will always dislike. A pity ! because their watches are technically interesting and sometimes innovative (i.e: the Ayrton Senna Foudroyante), all the components are well designed and choosen but I will never put a dime in Hublot since I feel it is the Summit, the Apogee of bad taste. May be more than a proof, all the people I saw wearing Hublot watches (I should say chronos) are not my taste and I don't like their attitude toward watches. Hublot should come back to elegant and high level timepieces (Like Audemars or some Girard Perregaux), but I fear their customer range is asking for show-off kind of watches...

TimelyOne
TimelyOne

I guess my OCD makes me a bit picky. The non- case colored/finished lug spacers, and the screws that do not align in the same plane look too messy. For $58K I expect more cohesiveness. The folks that purchase Chronographs, and never actually time anything, are a mystery to me.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's actually nice, but I don't like the weird two-tone finish and those blocks that fill in between the lugs looks a bit wrong.  Damn pricey.

doxashark
doxashark

@CG I agree.  They keep pumping out the same ship's porthole design with the six screws.  They milk this design like Rolex milked the Oyster Perpetual.