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INTRODUCING: Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey

Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey

The monochromatic series becomes a trilogy this year with a couple of refined time-and-date models.

When we wrote about Hublot’s first Essential Grey watch back in 2022, little did we know that it would become the augural model of what has become a mid-year tradition for the brand, ostensibly due to its popularity. Like its name suggests, this annual series of watches essentially reinterprets iconic watches from the Manufacture’s repertoire in a monochromatic palette that strips the timepieces from superfluous distractions, highlighting the refined forms and exquisite finishing in the process. Following the first Big Bang Unico Essential Grey and the Spirit of Big Bang Essential Grey released last year, the third instalment took us somewhat by surprise as instead of another chronograph model, Hublot switches things up this year with the time-and-date Classic Fusion, in two sizes to boot. 

Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey
Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey 42mm and 45mm in titanium with grey rubber-lined fabric strap.

In hindsight, Hublot probably telegraphed this move during Watches and Wonders in April, when the brand dropped a slew of Big Bang Integrated Time Only references with case material that ran the gamut from King Gold to ceramic. Like its Essential Grey predecessors, the new Classic Fusion has a titanium case and bezel with alternating satin-brushed and polished finishing. It is also paired with a grey rubber-lined fabric strap that beautifully complements the subtle sheen of the robust metal.

Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey
The monochromatic colour palette highlights the Classic Fusion’s signature design elements.

While the chronograph forbears flaunt highly technical looks, thanks to their open-worked dials and complex case constructions, the new Essential Grey entrant judiciously adheres to the understated aesthetics of the Classic Fusion collection, which seamlessly aligns with the current quiet luxury trend. All the signature design elements of the range have been brought to the fore here, including the integrated bracelet, satin-finished bezel with six functional screws with H-shaped head, and a discreet date window. Despite its all-grey guise, the watch is reasonably legible as the polished, faceted indexes and sword-shaped hands are deftly juxtaposed against a sunray-finished dial. 

Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey
The self-winding movement is visible via the sapphire crystal caseback.

In offering the Classic Fusion Essential Grey in two sizes – 42mm and 45mm – Hublot threw us another curveball. While it is common to find the same movement powering watches of different dimensions, Hublot has chosen to take the bespoke route here, although the sizes of the watches are just 3mm apart. The smaller model is equipped with the HUB1110 calibre, which is just 3.61mm thick, and the larger is powered by the HUB1112 with a 4.26mm thickness. Otherwise, the calibres are nigh identical, both self-winding with a 42-hour power reserve and beating at a frequency of 28,000vph.

Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey
Sartorially versatile, the Hublot Classic Fusion Essential Grey is perfect for practically any occasion.

As is de rigueur for the Essential Grey series, the new Classic Fusion models are available exclusively on Hublot’s online shop, both with the same listed price of CHF7,700 despite the size difference. Those who wish to complete their collection with the Big Bang Unico Essential Grey and the Spirit of Big Bang Essential Grey may also check them out on the site, though they’ve since also become boutique exclusives. Looking at what’s been released in the series thus far, we can’t help but be drawn to the new Classic Fusion models as they are the most versatile of the lot, sartorially speaking, suiting practically any occasion.

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