June 15, 2014
The “skull” theme continues to find its way around the watch world, but in keeping with its spirit of materials innovation this year, Hublot has a rather unique take on this particular skull. Hublot’s Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull is distinguished by its ceramic-coated aluminium case, crown and dial components which give this piece a rather striking appearance. The material, new to Hublot, is twice as light as ceramic but with comparable hardness. The 45mm case also has a distressed finish to it and pairs quite nicely with the distressed calfskin strap.
As you can see below, the Manufacture’s manual winding skeleton tourbillon movement also gets several transformations, most notably the bridges which received a 3-D machining and are anything but flat as basically all bridges are.
The components’ white surface treatment is obtained through an electroplating process. The components are rhodium-plated then (instead of retaining their metallic color) micro-blasted which turns them white.
According to Hublot:
“This material, which is new to Hublot, is obtained through a treatment known as MAO (Microarc Oxidation) which consists of a surface conversion through plasma discharge in an electrolyte bath. This forms a ceramic layer which is hard, dense and adhesive. The micro-blasted finish is obtained through manual sanding which gives the case a distressed look and ensures each piece has a unique finish. Finally, this material has a high hardness rating of around 1000 Vickers. It has excellent resistance to corrosion and friction, and is twice as light as ceramic.”
One other small detail, one that I know you sharp-eyed Hublotistas have already noticed, is the use of Romans for hour indices. Yes, this is a first for Hublot, you have never before seen Roman numerals on a Hublot watch.
This is a limited edition of 50 pieces.