Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Cricket
By Thierry Ané on November 27, 2014
Lately, it has become virtually impossible to talk about Hublot without mentioning some kind of sport activity. Even though I am not really into sports, given my constant interest for this Swiss watch manufacture, I believe that I could now transform myself into a sports commentator if I ever need a career change!
Don’t get me wrong though, I am in no way complaining. To the contrary, I am really happy that the brand’s design team has found the perfect think tank to express their boundless creativity. As far as I am concerned, as long as the timepieces are so great-looking, they can tap into the sports world to come up with ideas for new models and perfect my education in the process…
This month, the brand enters a new sporting field: cricket! This bat-and-ball game, that must seem as impossible to comprehend for many people as it looks like for me, has nonetheless been played in southern England since the 16th century and still enjoys today an incredible popularity in Australasia, England, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies and Southern Africa.
Surprisingly, it has not reached the same popularity with watch brands and very few have shown an interest in this sport despite offering some of the world's most-watched sporting events. So far, Audemars Piguet and Ulysse Nardin were the only high-end brands partnering with high-profile Indian international cricketers respectively creating the Royal Oak Offshore Sachin Tendulkar and the Executive Dual Time Yuvraj Singh for them (see, I told you that thanks to Swiss watch brands I now have the perfect sports knowledge!).
Well, all of this is about to change now that Hublot has shown their interest for this sport. And it gets off to a great start with no less than two versions of a beautiful “Classic Fusion Chronograph Cricket” in honour of the “ICC Cricket World Cup 2015”, one in titanium and the other one in King Gold. And to let everyone know with panache, these great-looking timepieces were simultaneously unveiled in New Dheli and Sydney.
In India, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and David Richardson, Chief Executive of the ICC, held a press conference to announce the appointment of the Swiss brand as Official Timekeeper in the “ICC Cricket World Cup 2015” and marked the occasion with a “Bowl for a Million Rupee Charity Challenge” with brand ambassador Harbhajan Singh. On the same day in Australia, the Captain of the Australian national cricket team, Michael Clarke, also announced his appointment as a Hublot Ambassador (no doubt we can expect another exciting creation for this famous batman in the near future…).
The first two watches dedicated to cricket devotees belong to the “Classic Fusion Chrono” line and house the HUB 1155 chronograph self-winding movement with 42 hours of power reserve. In pure “Aero” style, it features a sapphire dial that lets you admire the movement from the front side with, in particular, the now iconic skeleton date disc. The watch is available in a titanium or King Gold version.
Both renditions showcase clear references to the world of cricket as customisation has always been an essential part of the brand’s creative process. First, the watch boasts a triple facetted hour marker appliqué at the 12 o’clock position in reference to the “stumps” that are placed on the “wicket”, the name used for the two sets of 3 wooden poles defended on the field by the batsmen. The chronograph sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 3 o’clock feature the usual ruthenium or gold-coloured rings typical of these “Aero” style models but this time, their hands are shaped like cricket bats instead of the usual index style.
With its colourful “ICC Cricket World Cup 2015” logo transfer, the sapphire crystal on the back of each version surely bears the most obvious tribute to this sport but a fourth customisation won’t go unnoticed among cricket enthusiast: the beautiful red calfskin leather strap (a colour also found with subtle touches on the dial) is sewn onto black rubber with a triple stitching reminiscent of a cricket ball.
The Classic Fusion Chronograph Cricket Titanium will be produced in a limited edition of 250 pieces and only 100 units of the Classic Fusion Chronograph Cricket King Gold will be made. Whatever model you prefer, for a first foray into the world of cricket these are surely extremely well thought-out watches with enough cricket references to arouse the interest of all the cricket fans… and turn them into Hublot enthusiasts!
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