Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on January 28, 2015
More than any brand before, Hublot can be associated with the chronograph function. Ever since the first “Big Bang” model signed the rebirth of this Swiss luxury brand, the chronograph counters have become part of the visual identity of Hublot’s timepieces as they appeared of virtually all models apart from some anecdotic High Jewellery or Haute Horlogerie models.
With the launch of the “Classic Fusion” line in 2008, things have slowly changed, though. Simple three-hand models with or without a date window were introduced featuring all sorts of dial finishings from opaline to carbon fibre, to jeans, or even to full pavé. The king of sporty watches even presented refined extra-thin models with small seconds or beautifully skeletonised dials.
The Nyon-based Manufacture also took advantage of this decidedly more classical frame to extend their use of complications. The tourbillon became a regular complication of this collection and the brand also unveiled highly sophisticated models, like the Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater, featuring the very best of Haute Horlogerie.
The versatility of the “Classic Fusion” timepiece made it also perfectly suited for less prestigious but nonetheless very useful complications that were previously not showcased by the brand. The Classic Fusion 8-Day Power Reserve for instance, proudly displays the level of energy left in its impressive manually-wound in-house HUB1601 calibre directly on the dial at 11 o’clock.
For the Geneva Week this year, the brand adds another exciting complication to the long list of functionality of this “Classic Fusion” with a brand new complete calendar movement featuring a module that was in development for two years. Named “Classic Fusion Aeromoon”, the new timepiece comes in titanium and King Gold versions both mounted on a black alligator strap sewn onto rubber and secured by a folding buckle in the same material as the case.
Like any “complete calendar” watch, the “Aeromoon” features the date, the day of the week and the month as well as the phases of the moon in addition to the time indications. However, these important information are displayed the “Hublot way” and whatever the version, the watch oozes the usual Hublot aesthetic appeal.
Indeed, the contemporary-sized 45 mm model sports a sapphire dial to offer an uncluttered view of the movement inner workings and its stunning rhodium-coloured finish. It works perfectly with the grey and anthracite tones of the huge moon phase disc sitting at the 6 o’clock position. There, a 13 mm disc featuring two extremely realistic moons performs a revolution over two lunar months and uses the partially frosted glass in front of it to indicate the correct phase of the moon.
The date is indicated by a hand pointing to a ring around the edge of the moon display while the day of the week and month of the year are positioned in two large windows at noon. Both discs are fully skeletonised and the beauty of their mechanism can be fully appreciated thanks to the sapphire dial. Four integrated correctors sit at 2 o’clock (month), 4 o’clock (moon), 8 o’clock (date) and 10 o’clock (day) to ease the watch settings. The titanium version presents rhodium-plated baton indexes and facetted hours and minutes hands while the applied markers and hands are gold-plated on the King Gold rendition.
This “Aeromoon” is a welcome addition to the “Classic Fusion” line and a very stylish and modern take on the “Complete Calendar” complication. This is the perfect watch for an everyday use if you want to show your appreciation of Fine Watchmaking and your preferences for contemporary, bold and yet extremely refined designs. In a nutshell, the “Aeromoon” is another stunning proposition from this decidedly very creative Manufacture.
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.
For a technical description of the timepieces and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Hublot Classic Fusion 8-Day Power Reserve King Gold
Hublot Classic Fusion Black Magic Black Ceramic
Hublot Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater King Gold
Hublot Classic Fusion Classico Extra-Thin Black Polish Dial King Gold
Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton King Gold
Hublot Classic Fusion Full Pavé King Gold
Hublot Classic Fusion Jeans Titanium
Hublot Classic Fusion Opaline Dial Tourbillon King Gold
Hublot Classic Fusion Silverstone King Gold