March 21, 2019
Hublot wows with art
With a tag line that reads ‘The Art of Fusion’, Hublot regularly looks to fuse watchmaking with technological advances in its timepieces. It also looks to fuse its collections with intriguing outside influences. Such is the case with the brand’s collaboration with artist and sculptor Richard Orlinski. He is known for his incredible Wild Kong gorillas and other bestiary sculptures found in different places around the world.
With a penchant for colour and a definitive geometric faceted style, Orlinski regularly brings life, animals and objects to the forefront in new and different ways. The same is true of Hublot, which regularly turns out new and unusual materials and timepieces.
As such, it made perfect sense for Hublot to work with Orlinski on a variety of projects. Both love to focus on colour, technical aesthetics and the interplay of light and transparency. The two began working together two years ago, in 2017, and the results have thus far been stellar.
Here at Baselworld, we witness the launch of two new timepieces that stem from the journey of these two brands. The all-new Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski series blends the sculptural case design of Orlinski with an equally sculpted movement architecture by Hublot’s master watchmakers. The new skeletonised watch is offered in clear polished sapphire, Hublot’s proprietary high-polished King Gold and black microblasted ceramic that is referred to for this watch as Black Magic.
Each of the three materials of the Classic Fusion Tourbillon 5 Days Power Reserve Orlinski watch is limited to 30 pieces. They feature the Hublot HUB6021 skeleton calibre with one-minute tourbillon and power reserve indicator (115 hours). The 183-part movement was totally redesigned to offer open-worked three-dimensional architecture that underscores the 45 mm, multi-faceted case designed by Orlinski.
Also in honour of Orlinski, Hublot unveils the new Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Red Ceramic watch, created in a bold tone. To date, Hublot is the only brand that has been able to perfect and present such a vibrant red ceramic. The material is developed via a secret fusion of pressure and heat that sinters the ceramic without diluting the colour.
The Aerofusion timepiece is powered by the self-winding skeleton chronograph calibre HUB 1155 and in a limited edition of 200.
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