Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on April 6, 2015

Even if your tastes in Fine Paintings lean towards the Italian painters of the High Renaissance like Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci or the Baroque painting of the great Masters of the Dutch Golden Age like Rembrandt and Vermeer, it is almost impossible to remain unmoved by the joyful and brightly coloured universe of Brazilian artist Romero Britto.

In an explosion of colours, his famous paintings and sculptures influenced by the Pop Art and Cubism movements wake up the child in every one of us and put us in a perfectly good mood. This is also what the sight of a Hublot timepiece does to me in general so the combination of the two creates a pure moment of euphoria!

Elegant and very contemporary at the same time, the 45 mm Classic Fusion case represents the perfect frame to showcase all sorts of decorative techniques. Whether you want to pay tribute to the classical art of skeletonising or showcase the artistic possibilities offered by gem-setting, the slender lines of this modern and refined collection are perfectly adapted.

Over the years, Hublot used it a as a canvas to showcase their creativity. Models featuring unconventional denim, stained glass or rare metals like osmium crystal have been introduced. The brand even played with citations from the American Constitution and the colours of the American Flag for one of their timekeepers, proving the versatility of the Classic Fusion watch and the originality of the brand’s creative team.

It was therefore completely fitted to present an homage to Romero Britto in the Classic Fusion line and the choice of the champlevé enamel technique seemed perfectly natural to mimic this artist’s iconic designs. Two limited versions of the “Classic Fusion Enamel Britto” were unveiled during Baselworld: a 50-piece edition in black ceramic and a more exclusive 30-unit rendition in platinum.

Both models are time-only watches powered by the HUB 1302 manually-wound calibre. This reliable calibre with fine finishing can be observed from the sapphire crystal of the back of the watch featuring a transfer of Britto’s signature. With only two central hands and a discreet small seconds hand on the dial, it leaves the face of the watch completely uncluttered for the refined enamelling work.

The enamellist selected 12 opaque colours to create the dial. The little “cloisons” or cells characteristic of a champlevé are then filled with layers of enamel and undergo several firings at temperatures of approximately 800° Celsius to obtain the magnificent pattern selected for these two models. The end-result is utterly beautiful and extremely faithful to the spirit of Britto’s work.

The “Classic Fusion Enamel Britto” models are mounted on glossy black alligator leather sewn onto black rubber with black stitching. The black ceramic version is secured by a black PVD steel folding buckle while the platinum rendition features a steel folding buckle with platinum inserts.

These are obviously not timepieces for everyday wear but I am convinced they are a welcome addition to any watch collection, bringing a fancy touch and a little humour. Every time you decide to wear it, it will add joy and optimism to your day…

For more information please visit the Hublot web site.

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