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Greetings and welcome to the world of Hublot. Today, I’ll be your guide to the features and facets of the Hublot classic fusion racing grey chronograph, 45 millimeters and 18 karat Hublot king gold red gold, this time piece features a substantial construction starting from the clasp and working our way in. Now, the substance of the clasp is never in doubt. With red gold on the outside, Hublot’s signature king gold alloy, stainless steel on the inside for strength. It also features the elegance of a minderless system such that the Hublot plane form of the underside of the clasp, you can see the signature Hublot slash between the suspending members tucks and additional length underneath the clasp body so once you’ve sized the strap, it has a clean aesthetic with no need for minder loops that mar the aesthetic of conventional timepieces. With twin trigger release, there’s no accidental deployment. Not friction fit, this particular clasp requires double positive release to open for maximum security. You’ll appreciate that given the mass of the case and bezel combination in king gold.
The watch also features a very substantial and tapered combination grey alligator leather on the top with a monotone stitch and Hublot’s signature vulcanized natural rubber against the skin on the underside. The advantage of the rubber on the underside is that it isolates the leather from oils, heat, and sweat on the wrist for long wearing durability. The case is classic Hublot classic fusion, appropriately enough. The watch features a sensuous compound curve arrangement such that the case flanks bow in multiple directions and the contrast of the metal satin finished on the top of the bezel, satin finished on the hoods of the lugs, and polished on the flanks provides handsome contrast that’s a table setter for the main event, the spectacular grey sunburst dial.
Now, the watch is alternately warm and intense. It’s warm thanks to the use of king gold with its beautiful red tones, but it’s also intense due to the reaction of the light against the sunburst grey. Now, it’s very versatile, equally appropriate in smart casual attire and formal wear, and thanks to the minimal profile of the classic fusion case, it will easily fit underneath a dress cuff when the time comes to dress up rather than down. Contrast is also assured by the use of red gold on the dial. You can see the gilt style printing that beautifully matches the case and applied and faceted hour indices, as well as fasted red gold hands at center.
Now, each of the sub registers balances the other. The watch has spectacular bilateral symmetry thanks to a central axis running from 12 through the marquis, the cannon pinion, and the date window at six o’clock, and it has lateral symmetry with each register, the same size and immediately aligned with its opposite number. Now, the chronograph runs displaying seconds at center and minutes at nine o’clock, and there’s a constant seconds indicator at three o’clock so you know the watch is running.
Now, in terms of additional refinements, the caliber 1143 on the back has plenty of them with smooth bidirectional winding action, it boasts of 42 hour power reserve. It also features a vertical clutch chronograph mechanism which means that when you engage the clutch, there is no additional wear and teat on the movement as there is sometimes with lateral clutches, so if you prefer to have constant seconds at center rather than watching the constant seconds sub dial, you can have that big constant seconds and just keep the movement running as a chronograph, there’s no additional hazard.
Now, the watch features other refinements from a mechanical standpoint, including 100 meter water resistance to protect the movement within, hacking seconds such that when you pull the crown, you stop the balance, you allow precise synchronization to a reference time, and there is an intermediate position wherein a quick set function allows rapid cycling of the date should the watch run down or encounter an irregular length month. This watch is sporty, this watch is handsome. As referenced prior, it’s both intense and beautifully warm thanks to its combination of tones and the richness of Hublot’s King Gold.