The pure example of clever watchmaking minimalism returns to mark another brand’s milestone.
Celebrating a watch that started it all is a special event for any brand, and Hublot really tries its best to deliver. Being a total rule breaker in 1980, the first Hublot landed as a cheeky luxurious fashion statement: a gold dress watch with a rubber strap was a revelation back then. Bold, contemporary, and obviously fun, it quickly became a hit and launched the brand to the new endeavors. but of course, there’d be some marketing issues in complete mimicking it today. I was obviously quartz, it had a much smaller footprint that your usual current Hublots, and so on. And putting together the anniversary version, the guys at Hublot naturally went for a number of changes.
First of all it’s mechanical, being powered by the automatic HUB1112 movement beating at 4 Hz and providing a 42-hour power reserve. Secondly, the anniversary piece comes in three versions instead of just one: apart from the classical yellow gold, there’s now black ceramic and titanium variants. The 45-mm case water resistant up to 10 ATM is also a standard for modern Hublots, as is the sapphire crystal case back showcasing the action inside.
The winning aesthetics, however, is still there. The porthole-like shape, the black void of a dial with three central hands and a color-matched date window, and of course, the trademark adjustable rubber strap. All three references are limited editions: 100 in yellow gold, 200 in titanium, and 200 in black ceramic. The prices are 23 900 CHF for the yellow gold one, 7 900 CHF for the titanium, and 9 900 CHF for the ceramic.
Sep. 25, 2020