Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s  Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces   watch releases

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Hublot and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, one of the most important cultural icons of our time, have joined together in a creative collaboration resulting in two stunning timepieces in 18k yellow gold or ceramic as part of the newly unveiled Shawn Carter Collection.

The decision to collaborate was an obvious one – Carter’s relationship with the watchmaker has long been lauded through his frequent references to the brand in his lyrics and his admiration for the luxury watchmaker’s bold designs and masterful innovation.

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s  Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces   watch releases

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s  Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces   watch releases

Brought to life through the artist’s pop up installation within Barneys’, “A New York Holiday,” Mr. Carter chose Hublot to represent his iconic style through two custom timepieces from the luxury watchmaker’s Classic Fusion line. The limited edition collection will be available exclusively at Barneys New York and at select Hublot boutiques worldwide beginning November 20th. Following the holiday installation, the timepieces will live on as part of the newly minted Collection.

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s  Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces   watch releases

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s  Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces   watch releases

The Shawn Carter by Hublot 45mm wide timepieces, both on black alligator straps, fall on the high end of the Barneys collaboration, with a yellow 18K gold timepiece and a black ceramic version. Inside the watch is an Hublot made ultra thin HUB1300 manually wound mechanical movement. The starburst emblem on the dial is the official logo of the Shawn Carter collection.

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s  Hublot Classic Fusion Timepieces   watch releases

Twenty-five percent of all sales from the Barneys collaboration will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Foundation is a New York-based charity, which awards post-secondary scholarships to students facing socio-economic hardships. hublot.com

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41 comments
darrenlivefyre
darrenlivefyre

I actually like the simplicity of the watch and the interesting dial cut out. I'm not really a Jay Z fan ,but I give him credit for not blinging the watch out with diamonds or ugly colors.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Well played Hublot, I was just thinking that it's easier to get publicity for a bad product design than it is for a good one.

As Mark points out, in that respect, they achieved what they set out to do...

The next celebrity endorsement I want to see from Hublot is the Ron Jeremy Big Gangbang. 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I think I'm burned out talking about this watch. Well, as a sponsored post Hublot certainly got their money's worth of buzz.  Once last comment and then I hope to be done. If they had a black dial (like in the mock-up I linked to) and made the starburst a small printed logo and  not an oddly shapped dial cut-out, this might have worked for me as a watch. The celebrity tie-in means nothing to me but should not detract from the watch either. And I do think it has potential with refinement. In contrast to the recently reviewed LeBron James AP which is beyond saving IMO.  Cheers to all - it certainly has been a 'chat' on this one.  What's next on ABTW...

spiceballs
spiceballs

no, nope, nix, nyet, non,   - -  etc

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

Jay Z cultural icon?????I think you are kidding or insulting my intelligence or worst you didn't take your pills!

If this is culture no matter if they sold 1 zigzillion discs NO THANKS I am not from this world!

I wonder if you ask him ,I mean Shawn the value of pi and he knows the answer!

This pimps are just like the arab sheiks ! They got the money and don't know what to do about it! When I saw their houses you can see plasma TV electronic gadgets 20 cars and golden toilet to dump but you cannot see a single book! Probably they got a terrible headache when they have to handle those paralelipipedical objects with files inside.

About the watch! I am a moderate Hublot fan but not this. The dial is not easily readable , and I think it is over complicated for a simple watch.

And probably Jay Z is not thinking to read the dial in za club in za nite because he cannot read it. Not to mention when he wants to solve the Fermat theorem!!!! Cheers people

CG
CG

ditto on that U-31 & Mark... "cultural icon" what is that exactly? LMAO! Is he married to a Car-dashian? Or something? Never heard of a "Jay-Z"... a bird maybe?

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I don't know what's worse; the celebrities who come up with this shit, or the world-renowned and highly esteemed Swiss watch companies that allows these celebrities to smear it in their faces.  Hublot's motto - "Turning tricks for your endorsement".  Frankly, it's not as hideous as it could have been, but i'm so sick of this celebrity ass-kissing.  I don't deny it's lucrative but if the pursuit of cold hard cash at the cost of everything else is your only reason to exist, don't expect me to be a customer.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Those out-of-line screws bother me like a picture hanging one micro-meter crooked on the wall. If I owned a Hublot I would want to get out my screw driver kit and see if I can line them up all in the same direction. As Eeyore the Donkey said, "We all have our funny little ways."

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

This is one of the worst logos in recent memory...and it looks terrible on that dial...I honestly wouldn't mind the golden watch without the cutout...

Mark if I find the piece they cut out from the dial could you work your Hawaiian Watchmaking Magic and patch it up for me? 

antjay
antjay

Very restrained for a Horiblot . At least it will help a good cause.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

At the very least, this "pimp my bling" post is a "sponsored post."


The Iron Cross motif is a bit much...even for this demographic.

Well, maybe not,

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Forgetting who it is associated with for a minute, I don't like the matte/blasted dial much. The 'starburst' lacks symmetry and means nothing to me except that is does not compliment the rest of the dial. On the other hand, this is more restrained than a lot of Hublots. Especially those 'made' for the rich and famous.

Cultural icon? Jello is a cultural icon. This guy is an entertainer. Nothing wrong with that, but methinks they overstate and think quite highly of themselves.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Remember when famous people had style AND taste?

Those days are loooooooong gone, friends.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

@aleximd2000 There is no evidence that Mr Carter is a jive-turkey. I'm sure he is less jive-turkish than the people who buy his music. Or this watch.

smoothsweeper
smoothsweeper

@aleximd2000Your post is incoherent. If you want to stereotype the guy at least be succinct instead of playing it bitter and passive aggressive. Or better yet don't post at all!

For all we know jay-z is a huge watch nerd (I'm pretty sure he is) and happens to like this design. I for one like the case shape and the contrast between the black and gold. Not a fan of the dial though.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

+1 for mentioning Fermat's Theorem...

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

@Panagiotis Try duct tape. Forget Hawaiians watch makers. Canadians fix everything with duct tape. I put my '89 Cavalier back together with duct tape, and she still runs good - if the snow's not too deep.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

If they wanted to impress me with their giving spirit, they'd give ALL the proceeds to charity...

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Mark,

Please consider starburst cutouts on your next production model.

::runs away::

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

@MarkCarson The Hublot JELLOPLUT [TM] Collection will be arriving at a watch store near you soon. Made of an entirely new alloy, patented by Hublot but thought to consist of equal parts plutonium and Jello [TM], JELLOPLUT [TM] allows Hublot to explore hitherto unimagined regions of taste space. Higher-end watches will play the hip-hop tune of the buyer's choice at midnight and will automatically start his Escalade.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

You done goofed, son. You can't rag on the "starburst"! It's the official logo of his collection!

It's like the Dude's rug... it ties the whole watch together!

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

@smoothsweeper @aleximd2000 I was once at a metal concert and it happened to miss the tickets. We wait outside of the stadium and listen the music and almost all the time we sang by hart the whole concert. we were the real fans though. The same is with Mr Carter the culture icon the utmost character of our ping pong culture. listen to me as the real spinal column of our society or your society are the unknown intellectuals the same is with the grey mass of watch nerds who are reading from passion for years and years about watches. If Mr Carter is so big watch nerd why doesn't he inject money in a watch company e.g.Chopard and make anew caliber brand new named after him . That's discipline! I don't recall his name but there is an another afro American entertainer who has a huge I think 600 watches and made his own collection. And guess what in a pimpy gold case there is a quartz movement. Exceptional achievement. And about posting my opinion. I will die for your right and freedom to speak out your opinion but please let me have the choice to not agree with you. If you are not with me click on and read someone else's opinion . Non afro american

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@smoothsweeper As I don't know, I won't argue that Mr. Carter is or is not a watch nerd. But if it was me and Hublot asked me to 'design' a watch, I would come up with something more complicated than a simple 3 hander (the small seconds is not much of complication in my book), not even a date, and manual wind. 

Yeah, that's what watch nerds want to be known for - a 3 hand manual wind watch but with a cut-out logo on the dial. Maybe that's what floats his boat as a watch geek. But you have to wonder how much he is into watches other than wearing expensive/flashy ones.

smoothsweeper
smoothsweeper

...though it requires much less intelligence to irrelevantly namedrop Fermat* than it does to sell millions of albums and concert tickets.

*not talking about you mcv1973a

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Fraser Petrick Maybe a nice round piece of duct tape which fits precisely over the dial (so you don't have to look at it).

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Zeitblom That was just TOO FUNNY! I can see a chinese factory rushing to trademark the name. Also I would pay serious money for a Cholex Jelloplut...

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@mcv1973a Ha ha, love the Big Lebowski reference. Oddly, when I google image searched, this starburst did not appear so its either new or too lame to be picked up. So much for branding!

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Jay-Z...

When the name your parents gave you is not quite "street" enough.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Now THAT... is a really nice watch.

I mean the Jaeger, of course.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

The Lebron James AP has more soul and passion than this thing, and I hated that bloody watch...

smoothsweeper
smoothsweeper

@MarkCarson Well, different tastes and all that jazz. Some WIS love simplicity and some don't. The only "miss" on this design, IMO, is that the dial cut-out contradicts the simplicity that the rest of the watch exudes. A more subtle logo would do wonders for this watch. What I find interesting is that it's clearly designed as a thin watch (small seconds, manual wind), but with a tough-looking Royal Oak-ish case. 

Anyway, I won't be buying this. One thing's for sure, though, Mr. Carter certainly likes his watches: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2012/2/8/spotted-jay-z-wearing-a-jaeger-lecoultre-tribute-to-1931-rev.html.


DG Cayse
DG Cayse

@MarkCarson @smoothsweeper Well I, for one, happen to prefer 3 handers. Elegance in simplicity and all that.

IMO, this has degraded into a discussion of Mr. Carter and what he represents rather than this Hublot collaboration and its first, as I suspect there will be more to come, piece offered.

The problem I see is one of 'unfinished design.' It just looks rather empty in a useless manner. Unused dial space, poor legibility and the utter exploitation of "Shawn Carter" as a draw that may or may not exist.

I see nothing inherently wrong with a manual wind piece. This is not a daily wear item. I think it will spend much more time in a drawer than on a wrist.

As to my "bling" reference...I was wrong. This has no "bling" factor. Maybe that is to come in the "line." We'll see. But frankly, these two pieces...well...they are "dead common" as the phrase goes.

Perhaps the intention was to just make a "safe" design and test the waters. That appears to be accomplished. Safe, boring and undoubtedly priced beyond the reach of Mr. Carters fan base.

Poorly thought out all around...IMO.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

No offense taken. We all like what we like.

If we were all alike, it would get awfully dull.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@mcv1973a Surprised he did not marry a girl named E-Z. Or maybe he did, I dunno.