Gold Dust: a surprisingly timeless and restrained Hublot: the Classic Fusion Flying Tourbillon
A token for the *other* side of Hublot's recent story: the Classic Fusion Flying Tourbillon of 2006
Yes, it finally happened! For this post, I had to create the category ‘Hublot’, and I think for a good reason: when scanning through the forgotten areas of my hard drive I discovered images from BaselWorld 2006 (yes, that’s 14 years old files!) – amongst others a few shots of this watch made me pause: the Hublot Classic Fusion Flying Tourbillon:
I have to admit that I am not even sure whether this is the correct name. I spent two days researching the watch to no avail, and surely I did not keep any press releases from that time. Still I am reasonably sure I got it right, or am at least not far off.
A bit of context here: at BaselWorld 2006, about one and a half years after Jean-Claude Biver took over Hublot and one year after the highly controversial Big Bang collection (which catapulted the fledgling brand back on the scene; the name exemplifies Biver’s aptitude in storytelling like no other!) was unveiled, where Hublot was all the rage: Big Bang All Black! Magma Bang! Bigger Bang! No wonder more retrained offerings were not paid any heed.
Let’s forget for a moment the ‘Hublot’ label and focus on the design and the qualities of this piece: a finely guilloched ‘3/4 dial’, straight hands, no indices whatsoever, and at a lower level terrasse at the bottom a flying tourbillon surrounded by circular Geneva stripes. As a watchlover deep to your heart you certainly notice this fine holistic nod with a smile…
The tourbillon itself is easy to identify: the shape of the cage, the wing-shaped balance and the curved spokes of the escape wheel – this is obviously a BNB Concept construction.