Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Pelé

By Thierry Ané on February 6, 2014

I don’t know why but I am excited every single time Hublot unveils a new watch! It would be embarrassing if the watches were not so damn good-looking every time.

In October 2013, when Hublot announced that Pelé would be the brand’s ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, we knew that a watch dedicated to the “king of football” would soon follow. I am certainly not a football fan but it does not prevent me from owning a King Power Diego Maradona so I was kind of curious to see what the brand would come up with for this football legend.

Hublot maintained the suspense for quite a while this time as they waited for the opening of their first boutique in Latin America to unveil the watch. On February the 5th, at the Rio de Janeiro boutique, in presence of Ricardo Guadalupe, Pelé, and Brazilian tennis player Guga Kuerten (for which Hublot created the King Power Guga Bang not so long ago) the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Pelé was finally unveiled.

The Classic Fusion collection is in the spotlight right now and together with the Ferrari line, they represent the brand’s models of choice for limited editions at the moment. Among the Classic Fusion models, the Aero, with its sapphire dial that hides nothing of the inner beauty of Hublot’s movements, represents the perfect mixture of classic proportions and technical look. It is the ideal model to let Hublot’s designers express their endless creativity.

In 2013, the brand selected this model to support the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with its new Colombian ambassador Radamel Falcao García. Two versions of the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Falcao were produced: 60 pieces in titanium and another 40 pieces in king gold. Very recently, a unique piece, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Ray Allen Auction in titanium was put to auction by Hublot and Ray Allen for Diabetes Research at the Ray of Hope Golf Classic.

No matter how beautiful these timepieces are, they remain variations on the existing and non-limited Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero in titanium or in king gold. The Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Pelé and the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Womanity (practically released at the same time), however, represent the very first iterations of this stunning Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero in another case material, namely in black ceramic.

I have said before how admiring I am of Hublot’s ability to carefully customise all its limited editions, without overlooking the tiniest detail, so that the watch powerfully evokes its ambassador, its cause or its theme. The Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Pelé is another outstanding example of the brand’s experience with limited series.

Despite being mainly black, the watch looks colourful thank to subtle touches of yellow. The 45 mm case is entirely made of black ceramic, even for the bezel. It is fitted with black calfskin leather that has been football embossed to the best effect. It is sewn onto black rubber with contrasting yellow stitches and secured with a black PVD steel folding buckle. Black is also the main colour on the skeletonized dial that features faceted and ruthenium-treated hands and hour markers. The minute track and the central chronograph hand though are in bright yellow and bring life to the dial.

As always with the brand, it is in the smallest details that one realises how much care has been put in the creation of each model. The number “10” on the date disc in in yellow instead of black as a nod to Pelé’s jersey number and the seconds counter at 3 o’clock is covered with silver powder and resembles a football. Lastly, on the sapphire case back the brand included a transfer of Pelé’s silhouette in black outlined in yellow.

Like the rest of the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero models, this watch is animated by the self-winding HUB 1155 calibre that offers 42 hours of power reserve. It is water resistant to 100 meters and limited to 500 pieces.

As usual, Hublot delivers and introduces another beautiful and contemporary watch with a great design and a lot of elegance. I was right to be excited…

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