London, 15 November 2018 – Last night, Hublot joined forces with Bucherer to launch a new limited edition timepiece embodying the brand philosophy of ‘The Art of Fusion’: The Hublot Classic Fusion Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition.
150 special guests including Maxime Plescia-Büchi, famed graphic designer, tattoo artist, founder of the Sang Bleu studio and Hublot Ambassador, were invited to celebrate the launch within one of London’s most iconic and recognisable landmarks; Tower Bridge, where the historic upper walkways were illuminated in
vivid blue for the evening.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition features an elaborately designed bronze case and a mechanical automatic movement. This luxurious timepiece skilfully blends innovation and tradition with an extraordinary combination of materials and revolutionary design to make a particularly strong masculine style statement.
This fascinating mix of opposites resulted in a truly unique approach to creating the new timepiece for the Bucherer Blue Editions. The philosophy behind the Classic Fusion collection is the watch manufacturer’s vision to combine classic watchmaking, pioneering design and outstanding craftsmanship. The special edition Hublot has created for Bucherer celebrates this unique Art of Fusion and disruptive design featuring the combination of precious metals and industrial materials that Hublot pioneered with the Classic Fusion watch created as an homage to the brand’s original designs in the 1980s.
In the Classic Fusion Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition, Hublot for the first time combines a bronze case with a black ceramic bezel and six H-shaped titanium screws – an unusual and masculine blend of materials and colours that create a bold style statement.
The blue satin-polished dial with a sunray finish further emphasises the masculine design, and a blue rubber strap in combination with alligator leather adds the perfect finishing touches to this impressive creation. This timepiece for the modern gentleman already features a beautiful natural patina, and Hublot’s distinctive bronze, with its subtle yellow and pink undertones, develops its individual character over time, ensuring every watch is a unique piece for its wearer.
The watch has a diameter of 45 mm and boasts a mechanical HUB1112 automatic movement with a 42- hour power reserve and a date display. The new special edition will be available exclusively across Bucherer stores in Selfridges, White City, Covent Garden and also online from 15 November 2018.
Benoît Lecigne, Hublot General Manager United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia said: ““I am very proud to present this boldly crafted edition with our partner Bucherer. Hublot is honored to be involved in the distinctive Blue Editions which have become an iconic collection for Bucherer. I am confident this edition, which demonstrates the strength and vision of both brands, will be well received and will strengthen our partnership moving forward.”
Patrick Graf, Chief Commercial Officer of Bucherer, adds: “I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Lecigne and we are proud to welcome Hublot to the BLUE EDITIONS family. The Bucherer BLUE EDITIONS are a unique way to demonstrate our strong partnerships with the world’s most renowned watch manufacturers and to offer our customers a collection of extraordinary timepieces they can’t find anywhere else.“
“Hublot: A different way to progress” say those who know this unique Swiss luxury watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, initiated and developed by Hublot’s Chairman Jean-Claude Biver and CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. These two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story. The Big Bang, Spirit of Big Bang and Classic Fusion watches represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. From watch complications and revolutionary materials to world-class collaborations such as FIFA World CupTM and Ferrari, Hublot characterizes itself through the “Art of Fusion” philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. On a commercial level, the network currently stands at more than 90 exclusive boutiques worldwide.For more information, visit www.hublot.com.
Founded in 1888, the family company Bucherer has one of the most distinguished traditions in Europe’s watch and jewellery industry, and over the last 130 years has established for itself an exclusive reputation with its range of exquisite jewellery and prize-winning creations. Its boutiques also offer the company’s international clientele a wide range of luxury watches from renowned brands. Bucherer is present at 34 exclusive locations in Europe: with 17 stores in Switzerland, 10 in Germany, a flagship store in Vienna, the world’s largest watch and jewellery store in Paris, a store in Copenhagen, Denmark, and four boutiques in London. In January 2018, Bucherer also took over the US luxury watch retailer Tourneau, which has 28 stores across the US. And in summer 2018, the watch family took over another establishment – Baron & Leeds – with its three luxury watch and jewellery stores in Hawaii. The company employs over 2,400 staff and is currently managed by Jörg G. Bucherer, meaning it has now been under the stewardship of the Bucherer family for three generations. The Bucherer headquarters remain in Lucerne to this day.
CLASSIC FUSION 45mm CHRONOGRAPH BRONZE “BUCHERER BLUE EDITION”
Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION XX/30
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.05 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Case: Black brushed bronze*
Bezel: Black ceramic
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black brushed bronze* with HUBLOT logo
Pushers: Black ceramic*
Case back: Microblasted black ceramic engraved “SPECIAL” + ”EDITION” + ”XX/30”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Dial: Blue sunray satin-finished
Polished 3N gold plated appliques
Hands: Polished 3N gold plated hands
Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB1143
Type: Self-winding Chronograph movement
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.9 mm
Date: Window at 6.00
No of Components: 280
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours
Strap: Black rubber and blue alligator with gold stitching
Buckle: Black PVD stainless steel deployant buckle clasp with brushed bronze*insert
Presentation case: SM.BOXES.BB06.001
* Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper with the addition of other metals (such as aluminium, manganese, nickel or zinc) and sometimes
non-metals or metalloids such as arsenic, phosphorus or silicon. These additions produce a range of alloys that may be harder than copper alone, or
have other useful properties, such as stiffness, ductility, or machinability. The archeological period where bronze was the hardest metal in widespread
use is known as the Bronze Age. The discovery of bronze enabled people to create metal objects which were harder and more durable than previously