Among its wide-ranging LVMH Watch Week 2023 debuts (which include several new Big Bang and Spirit of Big Bang models) Hublot revisits its 1980 debut model, the first luxury Swiss watch that dared to arrive attached to a rubber strap.
Designed by Hublot founder Carlo Crocco in 1980, the 36mm ‘Classic Original’ embodied contemporary luxury with a polished black lacquered dial, no markers except for twelve screws along the bezel, a date window, facetted hands and a vanilla-scented black rubber strap.
It didn’t take long for enthusiasts, in search of an original design, to agree that its spare dial and supple black rubber strap represented a modern approach to the typically busier dial and leather straps of classic Swiss watch design.
Hublot in 2023 revives the 1980 original with the new Classic Fusion Original, an updated version that adds a more sophisticated, multi-level case with a clear sapphire caseback.
The newest version also now offers the modern Hublot six-screw bezel design and, with two of the new models, is powered by modern Hublot MHUB1110 Sellita-based automatic movement. Even the Hublot logo at the top of the dial has changed over the years, though ever so subtly.
To reach the widest range of new enthusiasts, Hublot offers the new Classic Fusion Original in three different case metals and in three different sizes. Thus, you’ll find the new watch available in yellow gold, titanium and ceramic and the cases made in 42mm, 38mm and 33mm diameters.
We’ll show you all the LVMH Watch Week 2023 debuts in upcoming posts.
Prices: 42mm: $8,200 (Titanium), $10,000 (Black Magic) and $24,100.00 (Yellow Gold.)
For 38mm: $7,900 (Titanium), $8,500 (Black Magic) and $20,500 (Yellow Gold).
33mm quartz-powered: $6,500 (Titanium), $7,300 (Black Magic) and $17,800 (Yellow Gold).