On Baselworld 2014 we had the pleasure of having a close look at some new Hublot models, in this case the Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull. Limited at 50 pieces at a price of 96.000 euro excl v.a.t..
Part of Hublot’s skull series, this is a Skeleton tourbillon movement that is far from conventional. Sleek and contemporary, but with a timeless elegance from the traditional watchmaking values used to create one of the kings amongst complications, the ceramic- coated aluminium gives this piece a truly striking appearance.
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.
The Manufacture’s famous manual winding skeleton tourbillon movement with its 5-day power reserve – entirely designed, developed and manufactured in the workshops at the Hublot Manufacture – has also seen several transformations. This is particularly true of its bridges and plate which have undergone 3-D machining: a laser machining phase has transformed the flat bridges, creating a relief on these components. A very delicate technique to perform, it creates a 3-D look which is also quite rare in watchmaking as, generally speaking, bridges are flat. The components’ white surface treatment is obtained through an electroplating process. The components are rhodium-plated then, to achieve this white appearance (instead of retaining their metallic colour), the decoration stage is carried out using micro-blasting which turns them white.
Reference 505.UC.0170.VR SKULL – Limited edition of 50 pieces Case Classic Fusion – Diameter 45 mm Ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look Bezel Ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look Bezel screw H-shaped – polished and locked Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating, metallic Hublot logo Composite elements Black Crown Ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look Case-back Open, ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look. 50 pieces engraved with “LIMITED EDITION”, with grey lacquer. Case-back crystal Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment Hands Skeleton, black galvanic treatment, micro-blasted Movement Hublot HUB6014 hand-wound calibre, Manufacture tourbillon Components 146 – 19 jewels (Frequency 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h) Power reserve Approx. 120 hours Water resistance 3 ATM, i.e. approx 30 metres Strap Vintage black calfskin – Black stitching – Black rubber deployant buckle
Source Hublot and Watchinsight.