New York City is as important a market as any for many luxury watchmakers, and this is especially true for metropolitan-focused Hublot. This month, the Swiss brand unveiled a new model paying tribute to the iconic city which has helped contribute it its success, unveiling the new Classic Fusion Concrete Jungle— the second iteration of the Concrete Jungle model, whose first version was released in 2016.
The Classic Fusion Concrete Jungle, as its name implies, is constructed in line with Hublot’s Art of Fusion principle, bringing together concrete, epoxy resin, fiberglass, titanium, and ceramic within a single watch to produce something special. The combination of materials finds its primary inspiration from the “concrete jungle” many know so well, the city where Hublot currently has its largest flagship boutique, located on Fifth Avenue. “Concrete as an industrious material is noteworthy for its strength and endurance,” says Hublot, adding that New York is built upon these same ideals.
The 45-mm by 13.85-mm case, similar in structure and appearance to those of previous Classic Fusion chronograph models in Hublot’s catalog, is primarily constructed from 65-75% fine cement, 25-30% epoxy resin (replacing the water in standard concrete), and 5-10% fiberglass (replacing the steel used to reinforce concrete). According to Hublot, the case and its matching dial have been upgraded with an anti-UV additive to prevent color change over time, as well as finished with an applied anti-graffiti treatment to prevent the concrete’s staining from common debris like dirt.
The large watch has sharply angled lugs that integrate with a black textile strap, while matching black titanium screws secure the bracelet and large thick bezel surrounding the dial. On the right side of the model are two black ceramic pushers for the chronograph functionality, while a matching signed crown is located between them. On the opposite side of the case is the small black ceramic shoulder that is a signature feature on Hublot’s Classic Fusion case silhouette.
Underneath the sapphire crystal is a dial also made of concrete. On its outer edge, a white minute ring is punctuated at each hour marker with industrial-style, sandwiched rectangle indices. Toward the 3 and 9 o’clock positions lay two prominent subdials, for the running seconds and 30-minute counter, respectively, whose smoother finish contrasts with the gritty-looking main dial. A small date window, in the same indented style as the subdials, is located at 6 o’clock with a small “Automatic” text sitting just above it, balancing the small, white printed Hublot logo just below 12 o’clock. Passing over the concrete face are micro-blasted, ruthenium- anthracite-plated hands — two sword-style pointers for the hour and minute and a chronograph seconds hand with a Hublot “H” counterweight.
Inside the Concrete Jungle watch is the Hublot Caliber HUB1143, an in-house-finished movement based upon the ETA 2892-A2. The automatic movement is capable of a 42-hour power reserve, contains 59 jewels, and has a frequency of 28,800 vph. The mechanism is protected behind a microblasted black ceramic caseback with a sapphire exhibition window; each model is engraved with its number out of 50 total editions produced.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Concrete Jungle will be limited, as mentioned above, to 50 editions, priced at $18,800. Current plans are for Hublot to first release the model exclusively through its Fifth Avenue boutique in New York and shortly afterward via its online store, before it becomes available at other boutiques across the United States.
For more information and to inquire for purchase, you can visit Hublot’s website, here.