Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX Collection (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on December 11, 2014

Let’s get something straight right from the start: I hate cigars! I really can’t think of anything that has a nastier smell. It is disturbing for people around you even when you are outside and therefore shows you have no respect for others. And last but not least, let’s face it: it may have made Gordon Gekko aka Michael Douglas look powerful and important in “Wall Street” in the eighties, but today it is the tackier and most pathetic thing you can think of to try and draw attention to you!

This little clarification now out of the way, I am ecstatic that Hublot has decided to partner up again with renowned cigar manufacturer Arturo Fuente for a new series of limited edition watches. Indeed, the “King Power Arturo Fuente” presented in Black Ceramic or King Gold in 2012 were simply stunning and, as a true watch enthusiast, I could not dream of anything better than an encore…

After an almost two-year wait, here come the new “Arturo Fuente” models: the “ForbiddenX” collection. Yes, “collection”, as the hyper creative Swiss watch manufacturer releases no less than four new watches in tribute to this institution. And let me tell you that it was well worth the wait as these new models are even more outstanding than the extremely successful “King Power Arturo Fuente” if that’s possible.

The new batch first includes three “Classic Fusion Chronograph” housing the self-winding HUB 1143 chronograph movement as well as a top-of-the-range “Classic Fusion Tourbillon” model equipped with the manually-wound MHUB6011 calibre entirely developed and produced in the Hublot Manufacture workshops and offering 120 hours of power reserve.

All these timepieces pay tribute to the prestigious “ForbiddenX” cigar produced at the famous Château de la Fuente in the Dominican Republic and share some common aesthetic traits. First of all, of course, the elegant yet contemporary 45 mm “Classic Fusion” case that received a tobacco brown ceramic bezel in all versions as a clear reference to the colour of the cigar leaves. This colour is picked up on the tone-on-tone tobacco brown calfskin leather strap sewn onto black rubber with beige stitches and stamped with the exclusive “ForbiddenX” symbol.

On each timepiece, though, the real show-stopper is the magnificent dial featuring real tobacco leaves. A batch of the very same leaves used to create the ForbiddenX cigars were sent from the Fuente Estate in Santo Domingo to the Hublot Manufacture in Switzerland to undergo a high-tech process using epoxy resin to stabilise and rigidify the leaves and make them suitable for a watch dial. The end result is breathtaking and the shades on the dial are mesmerising.

What differentiates the three “Classic Fusion Chronograph” is the material chosen for the case itself: Titanium, Black Ceramic, or even King Gold is tastefully paired with the brown ceramic bezel depending on the version. The first two renditions are limited to 250 pieces each while 150 units of the King Gold and Brown Ceramic model will be produced. The case back of each version features a beautiful “forbidden” logo engraving and steel, black PVD steel, and King Gold are respectively used for the folding buckle.

Naturally, the high-end Classic Fusion ForbiddenX Tourbillon is crafted in Hublot’s signature King Gold, a gold alloy containing 5% of platinum giving it an intense and long lasting red colour. This prestigious model will only be produced in a series of 13 pieces.

Lastly, as could be expected, each model is delivered in a wooden “humidor” cigar box developed by Hublot to regulate the humidity and ensure the cigars are stored in perfect condition. With such exceptional creations, there is no doubt the second homage to the Arturo Fuente cigar company will meet the same success as the 2012 King Power models. This means all interested watch collectors (who would not be anyway?) should not wait to contact their favourite Hublot boutique or retailer and book the version of their choice…

For more information please visit the Hublot web site.