As you are ushered through the main doors at the entrance to Baselworlds main Hall 1.0, which houses the great and the good of international watch making, one of the very first ‘kiosks’ (or lavishly appointed multi-million Euro portable showrooms if you prefer) you will be confronted will be that of Hublot.
For Baselworld this year, and in keeping with their tradition of constant model evolution and new endorsements, Hublot will introduce a number of new additions, limited editions, and of course some super rare exotic materials combined with technical ingenuity which they have once again blended into the cocktail which ultimately becomes the Hublot watch.
As 2014 is the year of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it is no surprise that Hublot have brought no fewer that four football inspired pieces (including variants) to Baselworld this time around. These include the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono – the Official Watch of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil – which is available in the Hublot King Gold (100 pieces) or black ceramic cases (200 pieces). Both feature carbon fibre bezels and composite case construction.
Staying with the football theme, Hublot recently welcomed coaching legend José Mourinho to the manufacture, and to mark the occasion have unveiled in his honour the King Power José Mourinho Special One, a 48mm Unico chronograph which features a new carbon fibre process in which colour (blue in this case) is integrated into the base material in the mould before being pressurized into its component shape. The King Power Special One is available in titanium and ceramic or red King Gold and ceramic variants, both identifiable with the Mourinho signature blue detail and will be available in 250 and 100-piece editions.
Also among the new for Baselworld models this year, Hublot have had their rare materials department in full swing again and this year have announced the new Classic Fusion Firmament Tourbillon which uses the ‘worlds rarest metal’ osmium, super heated at over 3,000° C, the point where the metal transforms into crystal form, resulting in a spectacular dial surface of uneven texture which sparkles metallic blue as it catches the light.
Underlining its renewed importance to the Hublot range Baselworld sees an impressive line up of options in the enduring Classic Fusion collection. The all new Classic Fusion Power Reserve in titanium or King Gold is a sight to behold; featuring a beautifully proportioned layout with date, small seconds and the eight day power reserve on a black sunray brushed dial, this could be an accessible and practical addition for Hublot.
The Classic Fusion Tourbillon also welcomes new members to the family including the ghoulish skeletonized Tourbillon Skull in fifty-piece ceramic coated micro blasted aluminum and a new Tourbillon Vitrail model with a choice of red or blue stained glass dials, available in titanium or black ceramic and limited to twenty pieces only in each finish.
For many visitors to this years Hublot Baselworld showcase however, it is the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Minute Repeater which will top the lot. A fully revised and all new manufacture HUB 8001 calibre boasts a mighty 319 components and alongside the tourbillon, the minute repeater features a powerful and clear double cathedral chime, which resonates through the chassis of the watch and is operated using a ‘hidden’ pusher integrated into the body of the watch.