The long-term collaboration between Hublot and Ferrari is one of a kind and an endless source of creative inspiration that builds on the common values these two prestigious houses share. The constant drive for innovation and refinement behind the unstoppable creative impetus of both Ferrari and Hublot has come to life in the Big Bang Ferrari, the MP-05 LaFerrari and the Techframe. The collaboration first drew inspiration from the racing world and Formula 1, with the Big Bang Ferrari editions.
In 2017, Hublot and Ferrari expanded to the universe of GT, with the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph specifically created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. This year the collaboration goes a step further in this world, which has always defined a travel philosophy that combines tradition, elegance and technical perfection.
Another first: the famous UNICO manufacture movement has been integrated into a 45-mm-diameter Classic Fusion case. This is the second of Hublot’s own chronograph calibres, unveiled in 2018 (HUB1280). Protected by four patents, this self-winding flyback chronograph movement, with 4 Hz frequency (28'800 A/h) and a column wheel that can be seen from the dial side, has technical specifications that are fit for a champion with, in particular, a thickness of only 6.75 mm and 3-day powerreserve that is very useful for day-to-day life.
Since the very start of their collaboration in 2011, Hublot and Ferrari have always created watches with unique design and motorisation. Each new edition introduces a new style. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT watch – with its extremely innovative design which integrates the new UNICO manufacture movement in a body with distinctive and dynamic lines – sees Hublot and Ferrari write a new chapter in their collaboration.
The Calibre of Maranello
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The “Gran Turismo” spirit is about long distances driving at high speed in comfort and with style. The term also defines a category of limited-production, very high-performance luxury cars. The GT world is one of innovation and refinement, with a passion for mechanics performance and innovation and an appreciation for elegance and beauty.
To pay homage to the “Grand Touring” cars, Hublot and Ferrari have now combined for the first time their sense of aesthetic creativity and mechanical innovation in a Classic Fusion, a watchmaking chassis that is both traditional and modern, in line with the stylistic codes of the GT universe.
Olympus OMD Mark II, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO 500, 0 step, 40mm
The entirely new Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is available in three different cases: Titanium (limited edition of 1,000 pieces), King Gold (limited edition of 500 pieces) and 3D Carbon (limited edition of 500 pieces).
All-new in the Fine Watchmaking world, 3D Carbon is a polymer matrix composite (PMC) made of three-dimensional fibres. This high-tech material, which is very popular in motorsport, has outstanding qualities of resistance and, in the case of the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, offers a lightweight but solid layer of protection, to the UNICO manufacture movement.
Olympus OMD Mark II, f/4, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 0 step, 150mm
Designed by the “Centro Stile Ferrari”, the new Classic Fusion Ferrari GT draws inspiration from the GT designed and crafted in the Maranello workshops. Its design is very contemporary; Hublot worked on the motor and Ferrari on the body. One of the main design features of the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is the case, conceived as a true concentrical suspended element that enhances the dial presence and the sophisticated manufacturing making process.
For this purpose, the “Centro Stile Ferrari” designers applied their expertise, building bridges between automotive design and watchmaking motorisation, and thereby proving that they love to work and surpass themselves on other projects than those linked to cars.
Entirely different yet resolutely complementary to the Techframe launched in 2017, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is a watch for lovers of fine mechanical pieces who want to display a contemporary and refined style. The dial is transparent thanks to the use of sapphire crystal and reveals the high-precision mechanics of the UNICO HUB1280 calibre, with the famous Prancing Horse appearing at 12 o’clock.
Each and every detail has been subjected to meticulous finishing touches like the red thread around the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, a stylistic reference to the legendary Ferrari colour. The straps of the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT have been subtly created in black rubber and dressed in Schedoni leather, like the seats of the Maranello historical race cars.
Round like a racing tachometer, the new Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is a piece for our time, with particular attention paid to the ergonomics and a thickness of only 13.15 mm, a rarity for an integrated flyback chronograph. This innovatively designed, airy watch of rare elegance opens a major new chapter in the partnership of excellence between Hublot and Ferrari.
Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 500, 0 step, 32mm
Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 500, 0 step, 21mm
Olympus OMD Mark II, f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 0 step, 73mm
Olympus OMD Mark II, f/4, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 0 step, 40mm
Watches have always been one of my passions. Collaborative pieces that involve official partners of the watch are easiest to shoot as the brand synergy between the two subject products are already established. Shooting is quite straight forward but sometimes the composition is limited depending on the lighting condition. It is important to keep the watch face clear and visible, and free from reflections. If needed, you can use focus stacking in order to get crisp details on the watches. - TJ