Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Dwyane Wade
By Thierry Ané on September 26, 2014
If you look at the past 10 articles published on Watch Agora, 3 of them are dedicated to Hublot watches! One could easily have the wrong impression that I am somehow sponsored by the brand and spare no effort to put their models in the limelight: one could not be more wrong though…
The only reason why Hublot is so present on our web site is simply because the brand is perhaps the most creative manufacture of the watch industry right now. Hardly a week goes by without more attention grabbing models unveiled by the Nyon-based manufacture and in an effort to thoroughly cover all the novelties, I end up introducing more and more Hublot beauties!
Like every seasoned watch lover, I am extremely sensitive to the mechanical dimension of the watch: I do appreciate its technical complexity and really love when it comes with superlative finish and decorations. But I also dislike watchmaking that takes itself too seriously and truly believe there is nothing more boring than those brands that, under the pretence of classicism, refuse any design or material that has not been invented with Horology itself.
I am never as excited as when watches are innovative in their materials or display, creative in their design with fun and colourful elements. This is why I love Hublot so much and it is with the greatest pleasure that I will introduce today yet another limited edition from this unique brand: the Classic Fusion Aero Dwyane Wade.
Basketball is just one of these sports that Hublot had the insight of sponsoring long before anybody else in this industry, and American professional basketball player Dwyane Wade who currently plays for the Miami Heat has been a brand ambassador since 2011. This three-time NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist, and nine-time NBA All-Star and pioneering fund raiser for children’s charities was honoured that very same year with the 500-piece King Power Dwyane Wade timepiece.
For a huge fan of the King Power models, I must confess, though, that this was by far not one of my favourites. The basketball decoration on the dial and the grey and red stitches mimicking the basket were a good customisation idea but the dull raspberry red selected for the piece made it look morose. This year, Hublot introduces a second tribute to Dwyane Wade with the Classic Fusion Aero Dwyane Wade and this time around, I have to admit the watch looks absolutely stunning!
This amazing watch is based on the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero released last year in titanium or King Gold and presented in ceramic for limited editions like the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Pelé. Never before has this 45 mm model looked more refined than for this black ceramic Dwyane Wade edition that strongly departs from the sporty look of the King Power edition.
The perfectly polished case presents 6 H-shaped King Gold screws that contrast beautifully with the black ceramic. This luxurious gold touch is picked up at the base of the chronograph push-pieces to create an elegant ensemble perfectly enhanced by the large-scale black alligator strap sewn onto black rubber with deep red stitches and secured by a black PVD steel folding buckle.
The face of the watch is equally stunning with its “Aero” style black skeleton dial adorned with red and regal gold accents to reflect the colours for which Dwyane Wade is known. The chronograph 30-minute register at 9 o’clock and the small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock are both circled in gold. King gold is also used for the facetted hands and hour markers and the central chronograph seconds hand uses the same red as the minute markings on the outer black track. As an additional reference to the basketball player, the design team added Dwyane Wade's signature in gold at 6 o’clock and also integrated his logo in the small seconds sub-dial.
The hollowed out dial lets you admire some of the elements of the self-winding HUB 1155 calibre that animates this watch, in particular the skeleton date disc, while wearing it. But if you flip the watch over, the sapphire exhibition back will reveal the rest of this chronograph movement with 42 hours of power reserve. This astonishing limited edition of 250 pieces comes in a red and black box that resembles a luggage trunk that can securely fit up to four watches, a great accessory for travellers.
In terms of design, the Classic Fusion Aero Dwyane Wade has everything I look for in a watch: it is elegant but also very sexy and unique. I love the contrast between King Gold and ceramic on the case, the strap is outstanding as always with Hublot and the dial has the right mixture of technical feel and colours to keep you excited for years. Ah! The same kind of model in a King Power case and I would be queuing up in front of my favourite Hublot boutique just like so many idiots do in front of Apple stores to be sure I would get my own copy…
In any case, huge congratulations to Hublot for a job extremely well done!
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.