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Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

In a whirlwind month for sun-kissed islands around Europe, Hublot managed to release three new pieces celebrating the brand’s presence on Capri, Ibiza, and Mykonos. While every piece is quite different in composition, there is a distinct summery theme running through the three new models (all of which are strictly limited). Sky blues, whites, and a decidedly breezy character have been applied to this new trio of special editions, with a couple of charming elements that mark this run as essential wrist candy for island-hopping holidaymakers.

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

Hublot knows its market. It isn’t the first time the LVMH powerhouse has dropped a release specific to a Mediterranean island. There is not a huge amount for brand lovers to get excited about, aside from the unusual photo-realistic caseback decoration of the Capri model, the icy-blue ceramic elements on the Capri and the Mykonos models, and the reuse of the “windmill” seconds disc on the Mykonos models. The Ibiza piece — the white and dark blue effort with the gimmicky “Hublot Loves Ibiza” caseback printing — offers the least in terms of worthwhile novelty, but its more straightforward colorway and decidedly nautical feel may see it doing rather well with moneyed yacht owners.

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

And so, to the nitty-gritty of the models themselves: The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Capri (reference 521.EX.8920.RW.CAP19) is perhaps the most feminine of the bunch. Hublot makes no attempt to describe the shade of blue as anything other than simply “sky blue” here, which is a rare missed opportunity for a high-end watchmaker to talk at length about the specialness of their version of blue. While I commend Hublot for not stumbling headlong into one of my greatest pet peeves, on this occasion the blue is so uncommon a shade, perhaps it should be given a ridiculously emotive name so we stop and talk about it and whether or not it is a color that sits comfortably on a watch with a five-figure price tag.

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

There appears to be a greenish, more turquoisey hint to it that, to my eye, makes it even more feminine than just a straight-up North Carolina Tar Heels shade of sky blue. It is certainly not an unattractive color in isolation, but there is an awful lot of it on this watch, given its use of the polished and satin-finished ceramic bezel and the sunray dial. And at 45mm, this timepiece is no shrinking violet. At least its thickness of 13.05mm is not so significant that this model would wear like a brick on the end of a rope.

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

The Ibiza model (521.EX.2090.LR.IBZ19) has identical dimensions but a starkly different colorway. The dark blue ceramic case surrounds a crisp matte white dial with CVD-treated appliques. It is a stark affair, but one that will, no doubt, have its followers. While the goofy caseback decoration won’t be for everyone, I’m sure it will strike a chord with regular visitors to the island and be enjoyed by some. Both the Ibiza and the Capri models are powered by caliber HUB1143, an automatic chronograph movement containing 280 parts. It has an operating frequency of 28,800vph and a power reserve of 42 hours.

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Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

Although I can’t believe I’m saying this, my personal favorite in this release is the titanium-cased Mykonos model (reference 525.NL.0179.LR.MYO19). The island, famous for its wind and traditional windmills, is a popular haven for wealthy tourists quite happy to spend tens of thousands on Mykonos-themed souvenirs (especially of the luxury variety). The main street of Mykonos is heaving with luxury boutiques, and products tweaked to reference the iconic windmills that line the coast, staring down the enthusiastic sea. The skeletonized seconds disc on both the titanium and King Gold versions (reference 525.OL.0189.LR.MYO19) adds a nice flash of color to a wisely austere dial that makes full use of caliber HUB1155’s good looks. While HUB1155 has the same operating frequency and power reserve as the 1143, it has 73 fewer components. Thus, its architecture is a bit more blockish and modernist, lending itself perfectly to skeletonization and dial-side exposure.

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

Both Mykonos models are 45mm, just like the Capri and Ibiza variants, but they are a touch thicker at 13.40mm-tall on the wrist. All of these supposedly beach-ready limited editions are water-resistant to just 50 meters, so not really suitable for taking into the ocean with you for a vigorous workout.

Limited Edition Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Watches For Capri, Ibiza, And Mykonos Watch Releases

There will be 30 individually numbered pieces of the Capri design, and 50 such pieces for the other models. The Capri model retails for $14,100, the Ibiza version $400 more at $14,500, and the Mykonos models are going for $17,700 for the titanium piece and $33,500 for the King Gold reference. Available now from a Mediterranean island near you. Learn more at hublot.com.

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  • PowNation

    Couple thoughts:

    First, this is a tad late reporting. These were summer releases and summer is now over.

    Second, LVMH is playing the color game. Splash existing Tag, Zenith and Hublot releases with new colors and adding minor tweaks in an effort to expand appeal of their watches. It’s a strategy to tap into consumers wide spectrum of tastes without putting real effort to develop new products. Whether it works or not in driving more sales of existing product lines, it’s a play from other industries (automotive).

    Third, the limited nature of these releases indicates these Hublot Mediterranean releases will have very limited appeal. In general putting a city name on a watch is just a poor idea.

    • It’s not just any cities though. Most of the people vacationing at these spots are high to very high income individuals…For them, buying an LE Hublot to commemorate their trip, is the equivalent of us mortals buying a t-shirt for the same reason! This mostly applies to Capri and Mykonos and less to Ibiza which has more “mass tourism”.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    God are these tasteless. Like an Abercrombie & Fitch shirt.

    • Lingua Franca

      Well, it wasn’t always that way. I fondly remember pre-BIver Hublot as well as the time when Abercrombie & Fitch sold nice outdoor gear not branded A&F.

      • Jon Heinz

        Hell; they had shotguns. And, watches.

  • SuperStrapper

    Cobranding aside i kinda like the Ibiza one.

  • Sykkel

    Mykonos, the perfect place to wear your Hublot.

  • Jon Heinz

    They really are different than the rest of us, aren’t they?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Well, hats off to Hublot for not letting us down yet again with another crap idea about some hellhole holiday hotspots ( I’ve been to them so I know. Stayed on Cyprus for a while ) They really have honed to perfection how to make something gawd awful and garish at best ( No, am not jealous )

  • Pete Yo

    I don’t understand why a watch company puts writing on an exhibition case. Also, these are hideous. Are they marketed towards the ultra rich’s kids? No one over 25 should wear these.