LEATHER CLAD

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Hublot’s play with ma­te­ri­als con­tin­ues in the Clas­sic Fu­sion Ber­luti, which has a leather strap… and dial

Hublot ex­presses its motto, “The Art of Fu­sion”, in many dif­fer­ent ways. One oft-ex­plored con­cept in­volves col­lab­o­ra­tions with ex­ter­nal part­ners to use “non-watch­mak­ing” ma­te­ri­als in Hublot watches, both for va­ri­ety’s sake and to evoke the spirit be­hind these ma­te­ri­als. These have ranged from silk embroidery in the Big Bang Broderie, to denim in the Big Bang Jeans, to even to­bacco leaves in the Clas­sic Fu­sion To­bacco X.

For its lat­est cre­ation, Hublot has teamed up with Ber­luti, its sib­ling from the LVMH group. Long renowned for its leathers thanks to an ex­per­tise honed since 1895, Ber­luti was a nat­u­ral choice for Hublot, who wanted to use the ma­te­rial in a watch – but be­yond just its strap. The re­sult? The Clas­sic Fu­sion Ber­luti, which comes in two ref­er­ences, each with a match­ing leather dial and strap that’s paired to an ap­pro­pri­ate case ma­te­rial. Of the two, the Clas­sic Fu­sion Ber­luti Scritto shown here is ar­guably the more nu­anced one. Its King Gold case is com­ple­mented by Ber­luti’s sig­na­ture Venezia Scritto leather, ren­dered here in to­bacco brown and fin­ished with a patina to cre­ate a colour gra­di­ent. The fi­nal de­tail­ing varies across the watch; the leather used in the dial is em­bossed, while the ma­te­rial is laser etched with dec­o­ra­tive cal­lig­ra­phy on the strap.

Al­though leather is an or­ganic ma­te­rial that will even­tu­ally de­te­ri­o­rate, the process can be put off or even avoided en­tirely. To that end, the Clas­sic Fu­sion Ber­luti’s dial has a lay­ered con­struc­tion, with the leather sand­wiched be­tween a brass base plate and a sap­phire top plate (just 0.3mm thick) to iso­late and pro­tect it. The same goes for the watch’s hy­brid strap of Venezia Scritto leather over rub­ber – a struc­ture that keeps the leather from com­ing into di­rect con­tact with the wearer’s wrist.

The Clas­sic Fu­sion Ber­luti Scritto has a lim­ited run of just 250 pieces. Each time­piece is de­liv­ered with a pre­sen­ta­tion box that can dou­ble up as a shoe­box, in a nod to Ber­luti’s core prod­uct, with a range of leather care prod­ucts in­side. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Hublot HUB1100 cal­i­bre with 42-hour power re­serve

CASE 45mm in King Gold, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 50m

STRAP To­bacco brown Scritto leather over rub­ber, with King Gold and Pvd-coated stain­less steel de­ploy­ant buckle

PRICE $46,800

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