Hublot’s new collaboration watch, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle, is the brand’s first concrete timepiece. It serves as a tribute to New York City and is co-designed by visionary street artist and former New Yorker, Tristan Eaton.
In celebration of the partnership, Managing Director of Swiss Hublot of America, Jean-François Sberro, hosted a three-part event in downtown Manhattan with the artist to reveal the new watch.
What does James Bond and NASA, the Moon and the Olympic Games, Britain’s Royal Flying Corps and George Clooney or Buzz Aldrin have in common with Prince William? The answer is Swiss Omega, the brand used by James Bond since 1995, the first watch on the Moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission, the official timekeeping device of the Olympic Games since 1932; official timekeepers for the combat units of Britain’s Royal Flying Corps since 1917 and American Army in 1918.
The base watch is the 45mm wide version (EX45) of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur in 18k pink gold. Inside is an in-house made caliber RD822 automatic movement. There is likely an exhibition caseback. The dial of the watch is peculiar, but it does have historical symbolism. The "table" is a hand-painted enamel reproduction of an actual table that hangs in Winchester, England. The table was commissioned by King Henry VIII in the 16th century.
Earlier this month, Christopher Ward released a bold addition to the Trident family in the form of a new dive watch: the C60 Trident 316L, a vibrant orange limited edition.
The 43mm case Swiss Designer Watches Online is made with 316L steel, a marine grade steel with a high manganese content that is both strong and anti-corrosive. The dial is a punchy shade of tangerine, reminiscent of the brightly-coloured, tactile dive watches of the 1990s.