At this year’s LVMH Watch Week, Hublot has revealed the Classic Fusion Original, a three-hand watch that resembles the early models from the 1980s even more than the standard contemporary Classic Fusion. The main difference is that it omits hour indexes. As a result, the black lacquered dial has decidedly pure charisma with only the inclusion of two faceted hour and minute hands, a central seconds hand, a date aperture, and the brand logo.
The original Hublot – called “Classique Automatique,” without the “Fusion” suffix – included 12 screws on the bezel that served as hour markers. Since the relaunch under direction of Jean-Claude Biver in 2004/05, however, all Hublot watches now instead sport six screws on their bezels.
Another reference to the luxury brand’s early design catalog is the combination of yellow gold and a rubber strap. It was the company’s founder Carlo Crocco, who dared first to attach expensive gold watches to rubber straps. The Classic Fusion Original comes in three materials and three sizes: yellow gold, “Black Magic” ceramic and titanium, each in diameters of 33, 38 and 42mm.
The movement powering the 38 and 42mm executions is Hublot’s MHUB1110, which is based on the Sellita SW300-1. The 33mm Classic Fusion Original is driven by a quartz movement.
Pricing for the Hublot Classic Fusion Original models is marked as follows: the 42mm version is available in Titanium for $8,200, in Black Magic for $10,000, and Yellow Gold for $24,100. The 38mm iteration comes in a Titanium version priced at $7,900, a Black Magic model priced at $8,500, and Yellow Gold with pricing marked at $20,500. The final 33mm model is available, as the others, in Titanium retailing for $6,500, Black Magic for $7,300, and Yellow Gold at a price of $17,800.
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