Ahead of Baselworld: Hublot unveils Classic Fusion Italia Independent

March 7, 2017 1:26 pm


* Collection is collaboration between Hublot, Italia Independent and Lapo Elkann

* Collection comprises three models

* Italy’s House of Rubinacci was selected for the fabrics

 

Ahead of the anticipated international watches and jewellery exhibition, Baselworld, Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot has released a new, avant-garde yet nostalgically elegant collection: the Classic Fusion Italia Independent.

The collection is the brainchild of a unique partnership between Hublot, iconic design company Italia Independent and Lapo Elkann, Italian entrepreneur and grandson of Gianni Agnelli, the former controlling CEO and controlling shareholder of Fiat Automobiles.

This partnership is not new: it has resulted in the creation of two collections since 2014, both of which focused on the legendary Big Bang UNICO.

However, this time, the wildly creative collaboration is centred around the Classic Fusion model, merging, in the finest of ways, classic designs and mind-boggling innovation.

 

Fine fabrics

One of the most renowned bespoke tailors of Naples, the House of Rubinacci, with three successful generations dictating elegance and style for gentlemen, wasn’t chosen at random for the task.

It was in the House of Rubinacci, which holds the most beautiful fabric collections in its archives, that Hublot and Lapo Elkann found a collection of tartans – square coloured wool weaves from the ’70s. They decided to bring these fine fabrics back to life by including them in the Classic Fusion as a chronograph.

The dial and straps have therefore been made using these precious materials to offer this range of 45mm timekeepers an end result that is the epitome of elegance.

“I chose these fabrics thinking about the costumes that we make for Lapo Elkann,” Luca Rubinacci, master of the Rubinacci stores in Milan, said.

“I began with the extravagant colours of a vivid tartan with a sporty tone, then a more traditional houndstooth – in the style of an Italian gentleman – that I wanted in black and white, the colours of his favourite team Juventus F.C. I didn’t think that it was possible to put wool on the straps and dial of a watch. But Hublot managed it and the result is better than I could have hoped for,” he added.

The collection comprises three models: the Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent Titanium, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent Ceramic and the Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent King Gold.

All three models have a diameter of 45mm and are 13.05mm thick.

 

Technical features

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(Image: Supplied)

Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent Titanium

Case: Satin-finish and polished titanium

Bezel: Satin-finish and polished titanium, 6 polished titanium H-screws

Crystal: Sapphire with anti-glare treatment and Italia Independent logo at 6 o’clock

Crown: Polished titanium with Hublot logo Push-buttons: Polished titanium

Back cover: Satin-finish titanium with "Limited Edition 100NUM" engraving (Houndstooth) Satin-finish titanium with “Limited Edition 100NUM”; engraving (Prince of Wales)

Dial: Authentic fabric from a Rubinacci “Houndstooth”; suit and black counters (Houndstooth), or, authentic fabric from a Rubinacci “Prince of Wales”; suit and blue counters (Prince of Wales).

 

 

 

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(Image: Supplied)

Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent Ceramic

Case: Satin-finish and polished black ceramic

Bezel: Satin-finish and polished black ceramic, 6 polished titanium H-screws

Crystal: Sapphire with anti-glare treatment and Italia Independent logo at 6 o’clock

Crown: Black polished ceramic with the Hublot logo

Push-buttons: Back polished ceramic

Back cover: Black polished ceramic with the engraving “Limited Edition 50NUM”; (Tartan), or, Black polished ceramic with the engraving “Limited Edition 100NUM”; (Prince of Wales)

(Image: Supplied)

(Image: Supplied)

Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent King Gold

Case: Satin-finish and polished 18 K King Gold

Bezel: Satin-finish and polished 18 K King Gold, 6 polished titanium H-screws

Crystal: Sapphire with anti-glare treatment and Italia Independent logo at 6’clock

Crown: Polished 18 K King Gold with the Hublot logo

Push-buttons: Polished 18 K King Gold

Back cover: Polished 18 K King Gold with the engraving “Limited Edition 50NUM”; (Tartan), or polished 18 K King Gold with the engraving “Limited Edition 50NUM”; (Prince of Wales)

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