THE WATCH GALLERY, Swiss Haute Horology brand Hublot Introduces The Watch Gallery Special Edition
Hublot launches its latest demonstration of perfect fusion with the unveiling of the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aerofusion RED, created with specialist luxury retailer The Watch Gallery.
To mark the occasion of the latest celebrated collaboration in the successful creative partnership, the invincible haute horology duo revealed the new 45mm timepiece at a cocktail event held at rooftop venue Aqua Kyoto, on London’s landmark Regent Street.
Hublot had the privilege of collaborating with The Watch Gallery on 3 limited edition series launched in the past three years, all of which were met with tremendous commercial and advertorial success. Previous editions had harnessed a fusion of titanium and ceramic with touches of blue, but in true innovative style, the new edition pushes the envelope with bold and daring red accents.
The new Classic Fusion Chronograph Aerofusion RED made a striking and impactful showcase with 45 units of the special edition timepiece individually represented in contrasting red-framed presentation cases.
Attended by 300 guests, journalists and customers of the brand, the event boasted a modern takeover of a highly renowned venue in the heart of the British capital.
Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and President of LVMH Group Watch Division co-hosted the event with David Coleridge, Chairman of The Watch Gallery, they were also joined by Hublot brand ambassador Maxime Buchi, creative designer and leading international tattoo artist. Presenter and DJ Zara Martin provided the evening soundtrack over the spectacular views of central London.
In keeping with Hublot’s bold and confident image, RED is the carefully considered accent tone which can be seen adorning the lacquered rings of the special edition timepieces dial, the rhodium plated hands and the accent stitching added to the black alligator leather strap. The satin-finished and polished titanium case adds a sense of robust durability whilst the expertise of fine watchmaking is elegantly apparent to the trained-eye with the self-winding skeleton chronograph movement featuring a 42-hour power reserve.
In continuation of the Hublot vision to develop luxury timepieces that ‘fuse’ tradition with innovation; a unique philosophy seen in the brand’s Classic Fusion collection, combining classical watchmaking and cutting-edge design with exceptional craftsmanship.
The Classic Fusion is the most contemporary and understated of the Hublot collections, and is inspired by the brand’s first avant-garde designs initially launched by the company in 1980, when the brand was founded. Hublot pioneered the innovative use of gold with rubber, daringly fusing precious and industrial materials in iterations that disrupted the watch making conventions of its time.
The Classic Fusion Chronograph special edition is limited to just 45 pieces, it is available throughout The Watch
Gallery’s prestigious Hublot outlets: The Wonder Room, Selfridges, Oxford Street London; The Watch Gallery, Westfield and online at www.thewatchgallery.com
Benoît Lecigne, Hublot Brand Director France, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Ireland and Eastern Europe said: “ It is with pleasure that we present the latest collaboration with one of the United Kingdom’s premier watch retailers. Hublot and The Watch Gallery share a vision of fusion and together we have grown our brands with this philosophy in mind. The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph RED will follow for sure the tremendous success of previous collaborations and with this new color palette I am confident that this partnership will be one of many more to come.”
Adrian Maronneau, Director of Buying & Merchandising at The Watch Gallery said: “ I can’t believe I am introducing our 4th Hublot limited edition. I hope you will agree that we, along with Hublot, have produced some amazingly exclusive watches over the past 3 years using our watch gallery blue as a running theme. But for our 4th limited edition it was time to shake things up a bit, dare I say add a bit of spice, something that Hublot is a absolute master of. I am therefore delighted to present our new TWG Hublot Classic fusion Aerofusion RED chronograph. Fusing titanium and ceramic for the case, the watch, limited to 45 pieces worldwide, sports accents of red through the dial and strap giving it the ultimate sporty edge. I hope you will find this time piece as irresistible as we have.”
« Hublot? A different way to progress » say those who know this unique Swiss watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, initiated and developed by Jean-Claude Biver with Ricardo Guadalupe, these two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion and Manufacture Pieces represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. From watch complications and revolutionary materials to world class collaborations such as FIFA World Cup™ and Ferrari, Hublot characterizes itself through the « Art of Fusion » philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. On a commercial level, the network of approved retailers has grown rapidly and currently stands at more than 70 exclusive boutiques around the world including Geneva, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Paris, London, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Miami, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Ginza. For more information, visit www.hublot.com
CLASSIC FUSION AEROFUSION CHRONOGRAPH RED THE WATCH GALLERY
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.40 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
CASE: Satin-finished and polished titanium
Bezel: Satin finished and polished black ceramic
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Polished titanium with engraved Hublot logo
Pushers: Polished black ceramic and polished titanium
Case back: Satin-finished titanium engraved with
“SPECIAL” + “EDITION” + “XX/45”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
DIAL: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Polished rhodium-plated appliqués
Red lacquered rings
HANDS: Polished rhodium-plated hands
Polished rhodium-plated and red lacquered chronograph second hand
MOVEMENT: Caliber Hublot HUB1155
Type: Self-winding skeleton chronograph
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 7.10 mm
Date: Window at 6 o’clock
No of Components: 207
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours
STRAP: Black rubber and black alligator with red stitching
BUCKLE: Stainless steel deployment buckle clasp