Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Tour Auto 2014
By Thierry Ané on April 11, 2014
The twists of the calendar are sometimes cruel: there is no time to rest for the team at Hublot after the exhausting Baselworld as from April 7th to 12th the Tour Auto 2014 will be staged along the secondary roads and racing circuits of France. As exclusive watchmaking partner for the second year running, Hublot was of course there on Monday 7th April at the magnificent Grand Palais in Paris for the initial scrutineering and administrative checks of the participants.
It was time to unveil the second opus dedicated to this prestigious vintage racing event. To be honest, I have to say that the design team did not spend too much time on this model as they obviously built on last year’s efforts: basically the Classic Fusion Tour Auto 2014 is the same watch as the Classic Fusion Tour Auto 2013 save the colour of the dial and strap.
The opaline silver dial and anthracite counters of the first rendition make way for a black sunray dial with silver counters. The dial still features the vertical printed French flag on the right-hand side that continues on the strap. The latter remains in perforated calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber, it is black however instead of white and whereas the reference to the French flag was obtained by three lines of blue, white and red stitches, it is now made of three printed stripes.
The 45 mm Classic Fusion case of both models is crafted in titanium with the beautiful alternating of brushed and polished surfaces that makes Hublot watches so appealing. Inside the case beats the HUB 1143 chronograph calibre. This self-winding movement visible from the sapphire case back offers 42 hours of power reserve and has proved its reliability in other Hublot models. This year’s version is limited to 100 pieces just like last year’s.
Of course, the Hublot design team has not poured its yet overflowing creativity into this new timepiece, but who cares? The watch looks extremely good and will make 100 persons very happy. It is also clear that the colour palette (black as opposed to white) will make this watch even more appealing to a larger audience (this means that if you want one, you will have to hurry!). Come to think of it, I think that even the collectors that have bought the Classic Fusion Tour Auto 2013 may actually give in to the temptation of adding the Classic Fusion Tour Auto 2014 to their collection. Ah, Hublot did it again! How do they manage to make all their timepieces so desirable?