To commemorate its second year as a sponsor of Bol d’Or Miribaud regatta that takes place annually at Lake Geneva, Hublot is launching a special edition piece from its Classic Fusion collection. The novel timekeeper is distinguished for its use of carbon fiber which is utilized in the construction of its bezel, dial and partially its attachment. At the case-back of the novelty, one can spot an appropriate engraving that honors the 76th edition of the world’s most important inland lake regatta to which it is dedicated. Moreover, the new Hublot watch is launched in the limited edition of 76 which signifies the number of editions of the prestigious event it commemorates.
Last year, Hublot started its partnership with Bol d’Or Miribaud regatta for number of obvious reasons. The event is very glamorous and important since it usually rounds up as much as 600 vessels, more than 3000 of sailors altogether and thousands of spectators. Apart from being the number one sailing event when it comes to inland lake regattas, it takes place on Lake Geneva in western Switzerland. This practically locates the event in the Hublot’s backyard, since the watchmaker has its facilities very close by, in Nyon. Finally, the brand itself has a lot of tradition with the aquatic activities and even its name “Hublot” actually means “porthole” in French.
Blue Chrono Counters and Carbon Fiber Components
Apart from the appropriate engraving on the rear side of the case, the commemorative limited edition does not bring any spectacular novelties and its specificities are restricted to some of the present details. Hublot Classic Fusion Bol d’Or Miribaud 2014 timekeeper comes in a round titanium casing with the diameter of 45 mm. The choice of material is quite suitable for the watch’s intended use, especially since it is not corrosive. Another convenient trait is its water resistance to 50 meters which is far from impressive, but quite sufficient for sailing or any potential swimming.
The timekeeper from the Classic Fusion series with the reference number 521.NQ.1717.QR.BOM14 has its bezel made of carbon fiber and fixed to the rest of the construction with six H-shaped screws, as it is customary for the brand. Carbon fiber was once again used for the creation of a black dial which is placed underneath a sapphire crystal. The dial itself is quite typical for a chronograph from the Classic Fusion collection and it features applied hour markers, skeletonized hands and a date aperture at the bottom. The novel trait that differentiates the limited edition watch from the remainder of similar models is the presence of a pair of midnight blue chrono counters with sunburst motif decorations. These sub-counters are envisioned as a nod to the timekeeper’s origin. As the brand explains, its color is supposed to resemble the shade of Lake Geneva. Finally, carbon fiber is likewise used for the making of the wristlet. In this instance, the material is utlizied in combination with a rubber in order to create a black attachment with blue saddle stitching. The bracelet of the watch lock with a folding buckle made of stainless steel.
As it is common for a chronograph from the Classic Fusion series, the watch runs on self-winding HUB 1143 mechanical chronograph movement with 59 jewels and 280 parts in total. The ETA based movement supports a power storage which lasts for 42 hours.