ROCKSTAR OF THE YEAR
During Baselworld 2018, Hublot showcased an incredibly dazzling and mesmerizing watch totally covered with baguette-cut diamonds. A pure work of art crowned by cutting-edge engineering which we can’t take our eyes off!
Is it a watch, a piece of jewellery or… both? A breathtaking swirl of diamonds, this Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph High Jewellery fascinates with its 308 baguette-cut stones, which poetically recreate the movement of translucent, sparkling water. Revealed back in March at Baselworld, this new Hublot piece has mesmerized more than one. Amazingly exquisite on the outside, yet just as much so on the inside: because although its engineering is ever-so subtle and gives centrestage to the diamonds, it is still prodigiously perfect!
And, talking about the technical side, this Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph High Jewellery model is driven by the HUB1155 calibre, an automatic skeletonized movement featuring a chronograph function which has already proven its worth in particular in the Classic Fusion Aerofusion collection. Openworked like metal lace and topped with a darkish, almost elusive hue, it beats at a standard frequency of 4 Hz and offers a 42-hour power reserve.
As for the dial, everything has been crafted discreetly and transparently to let the jewellery artwork express itself. In the centre, two large silvered baton-shaped hands display the hours and minutes. The running seconds are offset in a counter encircled by a diamond ribbon at 3 o’clock whilst the date sits bashfully at 6 o’clock. The central direct drive, whose counterpoise proudly features the H of Hublot, indicates the chronograph seconde whilst the minutes are counted in a diamond-set totalizer at 9 o’clock.
The stone-setting of the 45 mm-diameter white gold case was entrusted to Salanitro S.A, a highly-acknowledged, specialized firm established in the Geneva Canton. A total of 16.20 carats of diamonds adorn the caseband, the bezel and the lugs as well as the counter contours, the flange and hour indexes on the dial.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph High Jewellery comes with a black alligator (topside) and rubber (on the lining and sides) strap with a white gold folding clasp set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds.
Price: CHF450,000 www.hublot.com
By Sharmila Bertin