Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Watch Hands-On

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Watch Hands-On

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra Thin Skeleton Watch Hands On   hands on

A surprising new member of the Hublot watch family this year will be the new Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton. It is relatively thin (especially for a Hublot), it is relatively simple (just the time), and it has a very nice looking modern skeletonized movement and dial. Overall a winner if the look suits you.

Recently the Classic Fusion collection came out (covered here) and was an interesting mix of Big Bang and more traditional watch looks. I had some nice things to say about it, but this Extra-Thin Skeleton model is much more impressive. I actually like that the hands are not skeletonized. Speaking of which, there is this huge trend in people making skeletonized hands and I really don't get it. Do people really go so ga-ga over skeletonized hands?

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra Thin Skeleton Watch Hands On   hands on

Skeletonzied movements on the other hands are much more interesting. Here, Hublot seems to take a base Unitas style manually-wound movement and built it using a new framework with technical looking bridges and a hip modern feel. This sure isn't your grandfather's skeletonized watch. The movement is called the Hublot caliber HUB1300 and is just 2.90mm thick with a 90 hour power reserve. It only has the time with subsidiary seconds dial. Overall it looks fantastic and very nice with the Classic Fusion case and style.

The dial has nicely sized hands that aren't too short. Short hands on this watch would kill it for me - but Hublot doesn't fail at all in this department. While the movement is the dial, Hublot is still able to apply sizable hour markers to ensure legibility is high. This is done with a sapphire plate over the movement I believe. An interesting design touch is that the Hublot uses a thin black outline for its logo to ensure it sticks out. I quite like that.

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra Thin Skeleton Watch Hands On   hands on

Offered in both titanium and 18k King Gold (basically red gold), the Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton comes in a 45mm wide case attached to a black alligator (with a rubber lining) strap. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and looks real nice on the wrist. Hublot really did an excellent job with these and both versions look nice. They will actually be offered as limited editions. There will be 1000 pieces of the Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton in titanium and 500 pieces of the watch in King Gold. Look for them later in 2012.

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra Thin Skeleton Watch Hands On   hands on

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra Thin Skeleton Watch Hands On   hands on

TECHNICAL DETAILS from Hublot:

References 515.NX.0170.LR - Titanium, 1000-piece limited series
515.OX.0180.LR - 18K King Gold, 500-piece limited series
Case "Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm
Titanium or 18K King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Bezel Titanium or 18K King Gold, with vertical satin finish
6 H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug Black composite resin
Crown Polished titanium or 18K King Gold, with Hublot logo
Case-back Satin-finished titanium or satin-finished 18K King Gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective coating
Water resistance 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 metres
Dial Sapphire with silvered or red gold Hublot logo transfer
Anti-reflective coating on topside/underside
Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated indexes
Hands Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated
Movement HUB1300 hand-wound skeleton
Small seconds at 7 o'clock
Thickness 2.90 mm
Components 123
Jewels 23
Frequency 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve Approximately 90 hours
Wristlet Black alligator strap stitched onto black rubber
Clasp Deployant buckle in black PVD steel or 18K red gold

9 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

This would have been a perfect candidate for Magic Gold, no?

admin
admin

Glad you like it. I have a feeling more models will come as a result. This was sort of a test for them I think.

AtSeaWatch
AtSeaWatch

I know I've ranted quite a bit about the awfulness of Hublot in the past. This is different. It doesn't change the fact that the Big Bang line is the douche flagship of an often douchey industry, but it does prove that Hublot can put out great pieces when it wants to.

A modern take on a classic three-hander that is neither derivative nor dull, this model should be a template. It's a stunning game-changer like the original Royal Oak was in the Seventies. It's the watch to wear at a shareholders meeting in Silicon Valley or while giving a presentation on disruptive technology at TED.

The inventive re-thinking of skeletonizing is impressive. Great power reserve. A power reserve indicator would have been nice, but the omission isn't damning. Legibility isn't totally compromised, which is tough in a skeleton watch.

The only fault I see is the fact that it's a limited edition. This should be a regular part of the Hublot line-up. This piece shows that they can do more than just the Big Bang and it should be allowed to do so.

Pauls Watches
Pauls Watches

your review is very good and these watches look the part.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

For a Hublot it's really not too bad. The ninety-hours power reserve is impressive. I still don't like the chaotic designs they love putting on almost every watch dial; makes me feel that Michael Bay had a hand in the design. It's mostly just a flat plate like the kind you see on skeleton-styled quartz watches.

Niels
Niels

I estimate this to go for about 20.000 Euro or such.. For that kind of money I'd choose a Audemars Piguet any day!

bichondaddy
bichondaddy

Well...I love just about everything Hublot puts out, and this one is no different. I happen to love skelly's....and although this one is priced way outside my budget....I still can admire it and pray my numbers hit the jackpot in the lotto!!

admin
admin

As I understand it Hublot is still trying to perfect the Magic Gold manufacturing process. But yes, theoretically you are totally right.

AtSeaWatch
AtSeaWatch

@Niels While i like the Royal Oaks, I feel like they've gotten really stale. This ups the ante. It's developing the Hublot design language. For 20,000 Euro there are a lot of traditional choices. Get yourself a Calatrava or one of several different Langes, BPs or JLCs. Mosers are nice. All fine choices, but none of them really bucks the paradigm. AP does traditional well, but they aren't moving things forward like this. Collectors who already own traditional pieces have options, and now those looking to expand their collections beyond the conventional have another option. For that, Hublot deserves some praise. They did something different that is still tasteful and interesting.

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