An unusual site suddenly appeared over the picturesque port city of Newport, R.I. It was the sun. Fog, cold winds and periods of strong rain dominated the weather during the days leading to the yacht race held May 19 by some of the greatest competitive sailors in the world. The fog cleared and the sun appeared right before the start, leading to a spectacular day of racing.
A classic among Hublot’s classics, the Hublot Classic Fusion Watches collection nevertheless continues to push the envelope even if, when it was launched at Baselworld in 2010, five years after the audacious Big Bang, it was specifically designed to be conservative. The concept of fusion, an important idea for the company, brings contemporary materials such as ceramic and titanium to these models inspired by Hublot’s very first watches from the 1980s.
Rewinding back a little over a year to Baselworld 2017, there were really just a handful of watches that grabbed my attention and the Swiss Zenith Defy El Primero 21 (Hands-on here) led the pack. In fact, it was among my favorite watches from last year. It checked all the right boxes. Fun to look at? Check. Functional chronograph? Check. Modern movement? Check. Reasonably affordable? Check. When I got the opportunity to review the titanium model, I jumped. For the most part, it lived up to the hype I had for it.
When Raymond Weil designed the Calibre RW1212, their first ever in-house design (produced by Sellita), I suspect part of the mandate was to show it off, hence the open escapement prominently on display — literally showing off a movement they’re rightfully proud of. Well, Raymond Weil doubled down at Basel 2018, exposing not just the escapement but the whole dial, thanks to a new series of skeletonised Freelancers.