Here we are with the newest timepiece which brings the Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot and the world famous French leather goods manufacturer Berluti together for the second time: Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti All Black Leather goods are essential complementary for the wrist watches. The timepieces, which easily transfer to a totally different visual and even character, may be the reason of preference for many watch enthusiasts.
Hublot should be happy about the partnership with the French leather goods manufacturer Berluti, as they added a new All Black version limited to 500 pieces only, after the first brown version.
Berluti All Black is a typical Hublot design timepiece. While the brand, which was practically saved by Biver and his successful management and gained a solid reputation, mostly comes to the fore with innovative designs, the Classic Fusion Collection still stays loyal to the brand’s heritage.
The first things we notice are the 45mm ceramic case/bezel and the H shaped bezel screws which are the essentials for Hublot. Frankly speaking, I would rather prefer this bezel screw thing to be limited with its pioneering design Audemars Piguet Royal Oak/Offshore in terms of uniqueness, despite Biver’s confession of inspiring. However, the increasing popularity proves me to be wrong about that.
My top criticism goes for the movement part. The automatic movement which is named as HUB1100 is actually a Sellita SW 300. And that is a clone movement for ETA 2892/A2. Shortly, the watch is a Ferrari with a Fiat engine. 21 jeweled movement beats at 28800vph and offers 42h power reserve when fully wound. Since I believe Hublot will switch to all in-house movements for its entire product line, I will not keep talking about this movement. However, I cannot stop myself thinking that there should be a better movement.
Let’s get to the differentiating parts of the watch. First of all, we are welcomed with an amazing box set. The set includes a travel pouch and a bunch of leather care products by Berluti. The leather and vulcanized rubber combined Berluti strap is both comfortable and durable. The matching looking but non-ceramic ( PVD coated stainless steel ) folding clasp is again a Hublot classic.
The most striking part of the watch is surely the dial. The printed indices and writings on the leather dial provides a unique and appealing character. However, there is a conflict here. Watches ( especially the mechanical ones ) are designed to work for a pretty long time. The technologies used in the manufacturing of the watches are the main parameters regarding their appended through the years. Especially the dials which are exposed to direct sun light literally evolves. Hublot took a bold move here for producing a leather dial as I really wonder about the look of that dial after years. Virtually aging proof ceramic case VS prior to aging leather dial...
The watch sports double sapphire crystals and a WR rating of 50 meters.
If you are interested about the Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti All Black, you better hurry up due to the limited production number.