Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon
Following a recent extended period of acquaintance, Angus Davies provides an in-depth ‘hands-on’ review of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon. This watch is equipped with a self-winding movement and a skeletonised dial. Harrods, the prestigious retailer in Knightsbridge, is showcasing Hublot this month with an extensive exhibition.
This detailed review of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon includes live images, specification details and price.
I am no stranger to the psychologist’s couch. I have discussed at length the experiences of my formative years whilst lying in repose, freely disclosing aspects of my behaviour. I am obsessive about certain objects and openly confess to suffering from OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
As a professional watch journalist, I perceive OCD as a benefit, proving useful when examining each element of a timepiece. I will spend much time scrutinising lugs, crowns, dials and clasps with a loupe in my hand.
Another trait I readily display is addiction. Thankfully, I am not tempted to excessively consume alcohol, nor have I ever been enticed to try drugs. Moreover, gambling has never appealed to me. However, when I hold a gorgeous timepiece in my hands, a necessary requirement in the pursuance of my profession, I frequently experience an inner turmoil. Beading appears on my furrowed brow as I wrestle with inner voices coaxing me to spend. I expend much effort trying to argue with id on why I shouldn’t acquire ‘just one more watch’. The prospect of securing a further timepiece often rears its beautiful head and I sometimes succumb to its seductive powers.
Faced with the evidence of my actions my psychiatrist will use terms such as ‘complex’ to describe my character. However, there are some traits manifest which seem at odds with my persona. It is only through the forensic dissection of my personality by an able professional that I can be truly understood.
The benefit of being ‘complex’ is that I am seldom described as boring. I frequently find myself on the receiving end of probing questions. I don’t conform to stereotypical norms for a middle-aged father of two. The fact remains that daedalian personas can prove fascinating to appraise. Indeed, many would-be psychiatrists are drawn to this area of medicine, keen to remove the layers and understand more about the workings of a particular patient’s mind.
My lengthy preamble brings me to a peculiarity many of us exhibit. We want to understand how objects are constructed and fathom their make-up. As children we often dismantle items to figure out how they work. Looking back, I still recall putting toys back together only to find they no longer worked and I had a surplus of parts post reassembly.
Open-worked watches provide an insight into the complex inner machinations necessary to impart time, with seemingly magical manoeuvres that the majority of mortals are unable to understand. Hublot, the Swiss watch brand known for masterfully fusing different materials to glorious effect, has recently launched a fascinating timepiece that reveals much of its inner soul, the Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon dispenses with a conventional dial, with the polished gold plated hands floating above a sapphire crystal disc. The result is a dial which discloses the inner thought processes of each exposed component.
This is a skeletonised watch, but thankfully it does not allow a full front to back view. The reason I cite this as a benefit is that I do not like to see my own hirsute arms magnified via a sapphire crystal for all to see.
Gold plated hour markers, together with a moon phase indicator, appear to float above the numerous components positioned below, conferring a fascinating depth to the dial architecture. This abyss-like vista entices the wearer to immerse themselves within a fascinating world of levers, wheels and discs.
There is part of me which is transported back to the young child who wants to explore the minutiae of each aspect of the dial’s structure. I want to dismantle the watch to reveal the various layers seen from the front. Thankfully, with the benefit of maturity, I now know that to take such actions would be foolhardy and a surplus of parts post reconstruction is likely to result in costly repair bills.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon is a full calendar timepiece. Two apertures below noon, framed in polished gold-plate, reveal the day and month. The moon phase indication is delightful, employing two convex spherical moons which take it in turn to reveal their wise faces every 29.5 days. This is a large moon phase measuring 13mm in diameter, aiding legibility. Encircling the moon phase indication is a date display, employing white numerals against a black background, again proving simple to read.
A slim central sweep seconds hand interfaces with a black chapter ring marked with short golden strokes. I particularly like the counterweight gracing the seconds hand which is a facsimile of the brand’s logo and delivers a tasty morsel of style. In fact, I would describe the whole dial as delicious with a myriad of mouthwatering details. Quite simply, prolonged exposure to this watch leads the wearer to make further enjoyable discoveries.
On paper this sounds like a big watch with a stated case diameter of 45mm. However, in reality, it does not seem especially large when compared with the Hublot Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar, which shares the same diameter as the Classic Fusion Aeromoon but has a greater height.
Hublot has gained a reputation for working with different metals to enhance their visual appearance. The case of the Classic Fusion Aeromoon proves to be no exception. It is constructed of 18-carat King Gold which evinces a vivid red lustre to its form, courtesy of its 5% platinum content.
The bezel lug is made of black resin, proving a wonderful complement to the 18-carat King Gold case.
Six H-shaped titanium screws grace the bezel with a further four H-shaped titanium screws uniting the black alligator leather strap to the case. This strap, sewn onto rubber is presented on an 18-carat King Gold deployant according a very comfortable fit.
Four correctors populate the caseband. At 2 o’clock, a month corrector is located, at 4 o’clock a moon corrector features, at 8 o’clock a date corrector resides and, finally, the corrector for the day is positioned at 10 o’clock.
The caseback is held in position with five screws and features a sapphire crystal centre stage.
Hublot state they spent ‘two years’ developing the module fitted to the base movement within this watch. During its tenure with me, the watch performed faultlessly and I appreciated the compendium of functions presented.
The oscillating mass is open-worked, revealing circular graining beneath. The frequency of the balance is 28,800 vph (4Hz), the movement contains 134 parts, including 25 jewels, with a power reserve of 42 hours.
There is something very appealing about removing the layers of an item and learning more about how it works. In the case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon we have a contradiction. On one hand it seems very complicated with a multitude of parts working in unison to convey the time. However, this watch is simple to understand, requiring little psychoanalysis and its appeal is clear to see.
Hublot exhibition at Harrods
|As part of Hublot’s 10th anniversary celebrations of its iconic “Big Bang”, the Swiss watch brand is holding an exhibition within the world-famous department store, located in prestigious Knightsbridge.|
On June 2nd in London, Press members joined Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, Benoît Lecigne, Brand Director for Hublot United Kingdom, Ireland, France & Belux, and Jason Broderick, Harrods Fashion Director of Menswear, Sports and Fine Watches, to officially inaugurate a never before seen exhibition at Harrods including interactive showcases and stunning neon lights. Roy Hodgson, manager of the England national football team and former English footballer, attended the event as Hublot’s guest of Honour.
The radical neon lit window displays highlights how the brand never stops bringing tradition into the future through four iconic themes: the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Big Bang, World class collaborations such as Ferrari and Football Teams, Ladies revolutionary pieces and Watchmaking expertise showcasing the Art of Fusion.
The exhibtion commenced on the 31st of May and continues until 28th June. Admission is free and includes a plethora of interesting exhibits.
- Model: Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon
- Reference: 515.OX.0180.LR
- Case: 18-carat King Gold; diameter 45.00 mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date; day; month; moon phase indicator.
- Movement: HUB1131, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 25 jewels; power reserve 42 hours; 131 parts.
- Strap: Black alligator strap sewn onto black rubber, presented on a 18-carat King Gold deployant