Hublot Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black

Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Black CeramicNot every watch produced by Hublot is a big, sporty, horological hulk suited for sports and adventure. Last year, the brand from Nyon, Switzerland released two extra-thin Classic Fusion Skeleton watches, one each in titanium and “King Gold” cases. This year, during the Geneva watch fairs, it introduced another model in a sleek, black ceramic case.

The case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black upholds Hublot tradition with its generous diameter of 45 mm, but has a shirt-cuff-friendly case thickness of just 8.3 mm. The ceramic used for the case and bezel is both polished and satin-finished, Polished ceramic is used for the crown, which bears a Hublot emblem, and the lugs are made of black composite resin. Six of Hublot’s “H”-shaped titanium screws are countersunk into the bezel.

The skeletonized movement, Hublot’s manual-winding HUB1300 “Classico” caliber, was designed and built entirely at the brand’s manufacture in Nyon. Composed of 130 parts, including 23 jewels, it measures a wafer-thin 2.9 mm in thickness. Because of the openworked structure of the movement, wearers can view the watch’s regulating organ, its balance and its escapement, at work even while they’re reading the time. The Classico beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz) and boasts a 90-hour power reserve.

The sapphire dial has a black-transfer Hublot logo at the top and black-coated, polished hands and indices. The shape of the hands, and the placement of the small-seconds subdial at 7 o’clock, are reminiscent of some of the earliest Hublot watches. The strap is a also a “fusion” of materials, with black alligator leather on top stitched to black rubber on the underside, and attached to a polished, satin-finished, black PVD steel deployant buckle. The Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black retails for $18,300. Hublot has also released a skeletonized tourbillon watch in this style, which sells for $97,700. (Photos below can be enlarged with a click.)


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