Well! It’s the kind of statement that says “Hublot makes nothing but large, skeletonised statement pieces in unusual materials, for rappers,” for example. And you know what? Some of that is our fault. After all, we’re the ones who like to seize on an impressive technical breakthrough, or a brand-new case material, because that makes a good story. Well, not today. Put all of that out of your mind, and take a look at this:
That is the Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold (Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold price list), 38mm, on the arm of a female who happens to be eight months (and counting) pregnant. It’s clearly a Hublot, right? No one could mistake it for anything else. And doesn’t it look elegant? More to the point, it shows that, when stripped of all diamonds and other accoutrements, the core of Hublot’s identity is more than strong enough to hold its own.
The mix of brushed and polished King gold against the matt black dial is both understated and bold. More contrast comes courtesy of the chunky hour and minute hands alongside the super-svelte seconds hand, swishing around like Zorro’s sword.
Behind the scenes, the automatic movement does its thing – and it’s telling that the branding you can’t see is the most ostentatious: the oversized HUBLOT of the oscillating weight, sitting snug against the wrist.
It’s a comfortable fit, thanks to the rubber-backed alligator strap and a buckle that’s one of the easiest I’ve operated. Meanwhile, the classic combination of black and gold make this timepiece as versatile as you could hope for. Dress it down with denim and leather, or up with heels. It all works.
So yes, Hublot can be all about the bells and whistles – and no one is saying the brand doesn’t do that incredibly well. But it can also be about simplicity and pared-back style. In making this watch for women, they didn’t feel the need to sprinkle it in precious gems or weave the strap from unicorn hair. It’s simply smaller than the men’s version.