Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial
Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial. This ultra-thin watch delivers an interesting array of talents, exquisitely packaged in a graceful form.
This detailed review of the Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial includes live images and specification details.
Fusion cuisine draws together interesting elements from numerous culinary traditions from around the globe. It is a gastronomic movement which has proved commercially successful and seen the unusual partnering of flavours. Some of these food stuffs have become mass market products such as the Mexican pizza or chicken balti pie. Conversely, some culinary concoctions are the epitome of fine dining, blending exquisite flavours to sublime effect. Some of these dishes are the preserve of the finest restaurants.
The aim of fusion cuisine is that the synergistic outcome of an imaginative blend surpasses the enjoyment granted by the ingredients in isolation. Hublot has sought a similar approach to the design and manufacture of its watches. Indeed, the brand from Nyon employs the strapline, “The art of fusion” to grace its brochures and other promotional material.
Hublot has cleverly carved itself a niche within the high-end watch market, combining different materials together to produce interesting results. Whilst I do not pretend to adore every product bearing the stylised H-shaped logo, there are certainly several models which do appeal to me. Moreover, I appreciate choice and having recently thumbed a Hublot brochure, I can state there is a vast array of models to sate the majority of tastes.
Recently, I handled the Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial. This timepiece is unlike any other Hublot watch I have handled before. The Classic Fusion has been a mainstay of the product range for some time, but in this particular guise I found the model provided a departure from my former notion of a typical Hublot timepiece.
A different look
Firstly, there is a significant absence of bulk with this titanium model. Although it measures a substantial 45mm in diameter, it is slim and light.
Secondly, the Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial employs, surprisingly for Hublot, a limited number of different materials. The Swiss brand has combined titanium with just a soupçon of black composite resin on the case band next to the crown and adjacent 9 o’clock. The result confers a muted and very tasteful aesthetic.
By adopting this design language, I suspect that Hublot has engaged with a different audience who may otherwise have been put off by the brand’s more extrovert offerings.
The “white Shiny Dial” has a pure, chaste complexion. The word, “shiny” may conjure thoughts of a flamboyant persona, however, this is not the case. I would liken the dial, to an angelic English rose, whose fair complexion gently glows, evoking an impression of innocence. It is beautiful.
The hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated, faceted and exhibiting a silvery hue. They engage with the applied and polished rhodium-plated hour markings and look magnificent. The faceted profile of each applique interfaces with ambient light.
A small seconds display resides adjacent 7 o’clock, framed with a circlet of gleaming brightwork. While I tend to seek symmetry, in this instance the asymmetric positioning of the subdial works well and delivers a subtle departure from the norm.
Most importantly, not only is the dial incredibly attractive, it is also very simple to read, courtesy of its clean design.
Hublot has expertly blended polished and satin-finished titanium and the result is very handsome. In particular, I like the vertical satin-finish on the bezel, with fine lines running north to south. Indeed, the orderly orientation of these lines provides a pleasing contradistinction to the non-symmetrical positioning of the aforementioned small seconds display.
Six H-shaped titanium screws punctuate the surface of the bezel. There is a small part of me which yearns for the heads to line up with the hour markings or run parallel to the edge of the bezel, but this is only a minor niggle.
The strap joins the case in purposeful union, utilising four additional H-shaped titanium screws, two above noon, and two below 6 o’clock. The screws exhibit a robust quality and help to add cohesion to the styling of the strap and case ensemble.
Hublot describe the strap as black rubber and gold alligator, however, I would describe it as rich brown. Nevertheless, setting aside the semantics, it delivers a comely charm to the appearance of the watch.
The case back features a sapphire crystal revealing the hand-wound movement, HUB1300.
The HUB 1300 is a hand-wound movement. It has a frequency of 21,600 vph (3Hz) and contains 21 jewels. Twin barrels collaborate to provide an impressive power reserve of 90 hours.
I confess to being a “foodie’. Moreover, I have a penchant for calorific foods. Indeed, it would appear that fusing fat and sugar together results in the most mouthwatering dishes. Often, when confronted with a low-calorie option, I feel shortchanged. The virtuous composition of this type of food eschews the very elements that encourage my taste buds to salivate. However, it seems in this instance, Hublot has overturned this notion.
By removing some of the mass, reducing the height of the Classic Fusion and restricting the number of different materials to just a few, Hublot has created a watch that is low-fat but grants an abundance of flavour. Indeed, the Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial exhibits great taste.
- Model: Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium White Shiny Dial
- Reference: 515.NX2210.LR
- Case: Polished and satin-finished titanium; diameter 45.00 mm; sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds.
- Movement: HUB 1300, hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3 Hz); 21 jewels; power reserve 90 hours; 123 parts.
- Strap: Black rubber and gold alligator strap with ecru stitching presented on a stainless steel deployant.
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