Flash News: Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 76th Edition
By Thierry Ané on June 16, 2014
Organized for the first time in 1939, the Bol d’Or has since become the most important inland regatta in the world with more than 3,000 participants. Europe’s largest lake sailing race is a huge nautical festival and an important rendezvous for lovers of sailing as the Bol d’Or Mirabaud has become one of the highlights of the international racing calendar. More popular than ever, the 76th edition that took place on June 13-15 brought together almost 600 yachts on the waters of the Lake Geneva for the greatest pleasure of thousands of spectators.
Since its creation, Hublot has always been close to the world of sailing and the sea. Its name (a porthole in French) and the shape of its timepieces are deeply inspired by the nautical world and the Nyon-based manufacture has some longstanding partnerships with the Monaco Yacht Club, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the Oceanographic Institute, as well as the Marina di Porto Cervo. It was therefore natural for the brand to take an interest in this important regatta and in 2013 Hublot became the Official Timekeeper of the event for its 75th celebration.
To commemorate this association, Hublot unveiled the Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2013, a beautiful chronograph crafted in titanium and limited to just 75 pieces. Following the incredible success of this release, the brand has now announced this year’s version, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 76th Edition, a model that oozes the sporty chic look so dear to Hublot and that will be produced in a limited run of… 76 pieces.
The Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2014 shares a lot of design traits with last year’s rendition but avoids its monochrome aspect with the use of subtle deep midnight blue accents. Like last year, the 45 mm Classic Fusion case is made of lightweight titanium that alternates brushed and polished surfaces. Being extremely resistant to corrosion, this material is particularly fitted for a nautical-inspired timepiece. This time around, it has been paired with a carbon fibre bezel held by six H-shaped titanium screws. Its presence reinforces the technical look of this sporty watch.
It is also an elegant complement to the carbon fibre dial with rhodium-plated hour markers filled with white SuperLuminova and the brand’s iconic skeletonized hands. The 30-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock and the small seconds counter positioned at 3 o’clock are midnight blue with a sunburst finish and rhodium-plated outlines. They bring just the right amount of colour and contrast to illuminate the dial and make it more original than last year.
The materials and colours of the dial are picked up on the watch strap. Indeed, this stunning timepiece is mounted on a strap made of carbon fibre sewn onto black rubber with midnight blue stitches. It is secured by a stainless steel folding buckle and its titanium case back is engraved with “76ème Edition Bol d’Or Mirabaud”. Inside this beautiful watch beats the brand’s HUB 1143 self-winding movement with date and chronograph functions and 42 hours of power reserve.
The Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 76th Edition is yet another perfect illustration of Hublot’s ability to create outstanding timepieces in the sport-chic segment. The watch is the perfect balance between elegance and laid-back attitude, tradition and innovation, modernity and timelessness.