Hublot Turns Up The Wow For W&W 2023
With its unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in luxury watchmaking, Hublot has once again proven why it is one of the most respected and admired brands in the industry. At Watches and Wonders 2023, the brand has unveiled an impressive line-up of novelties that are sure to capture the attention of Australia’s luxury watch enthusiasts. From the hi-tech Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon to the bold and innovative designs of the Square Bang Unico collection to the artistic collaborations of the Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski, these new timepieces represent the perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and timeless craftsmanship. Impossible to choose just one favourite, keep reading for everything you need to know about Hublot’s novelties for 2023.
Hublot Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon
Hublot’s Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon is a masterpiece of modern watchmaking. The 43mm case and integrated bracelet are made entirely of robust carbon fibre and Texalium, giving the timepiece a sleek and modern appearance while also reducing its weight (a mere 68 grams on the wrist!). The watch features Hublot’s in-house HUB6035 automatic movement complete with micro-rotor and a stunning flying tourbillon. The former is visible on the dial side at 12 o’clock, while the latter opposes it at 6 o’clock. Fully skeletonized, this spinning whirlwind appears to float in mid-air, held in place by transparent sapphire bridges. Both sit under a sapphire crystal dial offering a clear view of the open-worked, architectural movement, allowing the wearer to fully appreciate its intricate workings.
Equally worthy of praise and attention is the construction and finish of the integrated bracelet. Hublot designed, manufactured, and assembled it in-house with two primary goals in mind. The first was to create an ultra-lightweight yet robust strap. Given that it weighs a mere 26 grams – making it one of the lightest on the market today – we can safely say they’ve achieved that objective. The second goal was to ensure exceptional comfort through the strap’s seamless integration with the case. Each link is individually machined and finished to achieve the ideal surface quality, which is a significant challenge when working with composite materials like Texalium and carbon fibre due to the way the materials respond differently to cutting, machining, and chamfering. Not to be deterred, Hublot’s engineers preserved and in doing so, created something truly remarkable. Limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, this is sure to be a highly sought model.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski
Since its commencement in 2017, the partnership between Hublot and renowned French artist Richard Orlinski has proven incredibly fruitful. Now, for the first time in the Classic Fusion Orlinski collection, we see the addition of not one but two new chronograph models. Presented in a very wearable 41mm case, both versions are instantly identifiable as Orlinski’s by their striking dodecagonal shape, transforming the bezels into polygons. In keeping with the lightweight theme, Hublot has chosen titanium for the case and bracelet, both of which show a microblasted and polished finish.
The brand exclusively uses Grade 5 titanium – the strongest there is – and has mastered the art of working with this sometimes-challenging metal. If you prefer a slightly sportier look, there is also the option of a smooth black rubber strap. Both models are presented with a polished black dial and feature the HUB1153 self-winding chronograph movement. The full titanium version is a limited edition of 250 pieces, while the rubber strap option is limited to 500 pieces.
Hublot Square Bang Unico Sapphire, Unico Black Magic & Unico White Ceramic
Launched with five references in 2022, the Hublot Square Bang Unico has quickly become another standout in the Hublot line up. Featuring a 42mm, modular case construction, the sandwich-style dial was (and still is) crafted primarily from sapphire to give a clear view of the HUB1280 Unico Manufacture movement beneath – including the visible column wheel of the chronograph at 6 o’clock. Hublot has taken that concept several steps further this year with the Square Bang Unico Sapphire. As the name suggests, the entire case of this 250-piece limited edition is crafted entirely from sapphire. Yet, despite the myriad of challenges presented by the case’s multi-layered sapphire construction, Hublot’s engineers have successfully ensured that this timepiece is water-resistant to a depth of 5 ATM.
Joining this see-through sculpture for your wrist are two additional models in your choice of white or black ceramic. Each of these three models is fitted with a rubber strap and a titanium deployant buckle clasp. The One Click interchangeable system, developed exclusively by Hublot, makes it possible to personalise the watch by choosing from an extensive range of optional straps.
We hope you have enjoyed learning some more about the new novelties from Hublot for 2023. As an official Hublot retail partner in Australia, Watches of Switzerland is pleased to offer these and many other fantastic Hublot timepieces to our esteemed clients. With strong demand anticipated though, we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.