This Hublot Classic Fusion Bol d’Or Mirabaud (Ref. 521.NQ.1717.QR.BOM14) is a nice take on the Swiss brand’s iconic Classis Fusion collection. While the differences with other models in the range are only cosmetic, the choice of materials and the way they are put together make a strong impression. As usual, Hublot will severely limit its total production volume in order to make it a ‘real’ rarity.
The Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari (Ref. 905.ND.0001.RX) is a strange blend between the outrageous MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt and the revolutionary (at least in terms of guaranteed power reserve of whole 1000 hours) Rebellion T-1000 Time Machine. The similarities do not end on the visual side, though. Equipped with a tourbillon and whole eleven spring barrels, the MP-05 features a power reserve of no less than 1200 hours (50 days!) Now if only its hybrid-powered source of inspiration sported such an amazing range!
The new Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon Ferrari 250 GTO limited edition watch was presented last week on Tuesday at Abbaye de Hautvillers. The “ultra-exclusive” event was restricted to hundred-and-something rich persons that you have probably seen on TV and all sorts of tabloids. Planned to be sold exclusively to 39 owners of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO vintage sports cars, the new timepiece has a good chance of becoming an instant legend.
The Swiss brand has just disseminated an official press release regarding its upcoming Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton (refs. 515.OX.0180.LR and 515.NX.0170.LR) collection. Soon to be available both in their proprietary King Gold alloy, as well as in more understated titanium, the series combines an ultra-thin manufacture-made hand-wound movement with a nicely skeletonized dial. It could have been slightly smaller though.
First revealed in Paris, France at the Belles Montres Watch Show back in December 2011, the Hublot The Baby Million Big Bang 44m Haute Joaillerie Chronograph (Ref. 301.WX.1170.WX.9804) is the tour de force of the high-jewelry subdivision of the Swiss-based brand. It is not just an ultra-luxury toy for the one-percenters: it is a perfectly manufactured timekeeper, which is powered by a bullet-proof (although mass-produced) mechanism, and set with more than eight hundred diamonds of different cut! That doesn’t mean that I like it.
Hublot is going to sell 100 pieces of its special numbered edition Hublot Big Bang amfAR BANG (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.AMF11) automatic chronograph donating some part of the revenue to the US-based amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) nonprofit organization.
Like their recent self-winding King Power Red Devil collection, the 2011 Hublot Big Bang Flamengo (Ref. 318.CI.1123.FLM11) is, too, dedicated to soccer. Featuring the same 45-minute chronograph counter, it nevertheless comes in a more tranquil, sober case and also sports a simpler movement.
The 2011 Hublot F1 King Power Ceramic (Ref. 703.CI.1123.NR.FMO10) automatic chronograph was officially presented during the 2011 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. Featuring the usual for the King Power line exaggerated design that looks like it was *ahem* influenced by that of a performance brake disc, the chronograph is deliberately brutal offering a nice -if a bit over the top- alternative to a ubiquitous Rolex Daytona if you don’t mind it being powered by anything more impressive than a slightly refinished ETA 7750 chronograph caliber.
At the Baselworld 2011 trade show Hublot, a brand that is known for its radical approach to conspicuous consumption, has presented a somewhat unexpected take on the concept of invisible opulence. I am talking about the ultra-luxury Hublot Big Bang Black Caviar (Ref. 346.CX.1800.BR): a high-jewelry piece that has every square millimeter of its surface paved with glossy black ceramic blocks.
The 2011 Hublot Classic Fusion Opaline Dial (refs. 542.OX.2610.LR in 42 mm, and 511.OX.2610.LR in 45 mm) collection features a nice combination of colors and textures that, surprisingly enough if you think of it, look extremely well-balanced and even elegant in that ever so slightly arrogant kind of way that the brand is known for. Although the choice of the mechanism doesn’t look particularly impressive, it is still a nice time-measuring device if you are more worried about a timekeeper’s exterior than about its guts as long as the precious “Swiss Made” inscription is present in the lower half of the dial.