Photo Report: Hublot Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon Skull Collection (live pics)

By Thierry Ané on June 11, 2014

If you like Vanitas symbols and all the iconography attached to Memento Mori, Hublot had a lot to offer this year with its series of “Skull” watches. Just before Baselworld, I discussed the Classic Fusion Skull Bang PavéFlash News: Hublot Classic Fusion Skull Bang Pavé that the brand officially unveiled during the fair. With a nice combination of white and black diamonds, both models surely give a sparkling and luxurious interpretation of this classic reminder of the inevitability of death. However, if you are looking for a more distressed (and horological) interpretation of this genre, look no further than the Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon Skull collection.

Three versions of this tourbillon watch are actually available. They all share the same 45 mm Classic Fusion case made of ceramic-coated aluminium. This new material is obtained through an innovative treatment that forms a ceramic layer on the surface of the case through plasma discharge in an electrolyte bath. Through manual sanding, the case obtains the micro-blasted finish that gives it a distinctive distressed look and ensures that each watch is aesthetically unique.

Hublot’s elegant manually-wound 5-day skeleton tourbillon movement has also received some innovative treatments to become the MHUB 6014 calibre found inside these Skeleton Tourbillon Skull models. The bridges and the plate have undergone a laser-machining process to give a 3-dimensional appearance to these normally flat components. They are sculpted to look like actual bones and the tourbillon barret takes the form of a human skull.

Two versions of the movement are available. On the first, the skull and bones have received a black galvanic treatment for stealth “all-black” appearance. On the second, they have been rhodium-plated with a micro-blasting finish to lose their metallic colour and achieve a white appearance. The first model is mounted on a vintage black alligator strap while the second has received a vintage black calfskin leather strap. A version of the “all-black” model is also available with a bezel set with baguette-cut black diamonds. All three models are secured by a black PVD steel folding buckle.

Another interesting fact about these “Tourbillon Skull” is that they are the first three watches from the brand featuring Roman numerals. Only 50 pieces of each rendition will be made and, once again with Hublot, it is difficult to select which model I really prefer. Although I have a preference for the bones and skull with a white treatment (it is more realistic looking and therefore more freaky!), I clearly prefer the vintage black alligator strap of the galvanic black version, and the baguette-cut black diamonds are very nice too…