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Baselworld 2019: Hublot unleashes its latest (and most beguiling) Ferrari lovechild

The new Classic Fusion Ferrari GT draws inspiration from the GT designed and crafted in the Maranello workshops. The result is a contemporary hybrid that has inherited the best of both worlds.

Call us finicky, but this is fast shaping up to be our favourite Hublot-Ferrari tie-up since the partnership between upstart watchmaker and storied carmaker began in 2011.

The OG Big Bang Ferrari seemed too aggressive and in-your-face. The MP-05 LaFerrari was technically accomplished, but an unwieldy brute on the wrist. The Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph was cool enough, but a tad too avant-garde for our tastes.

The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, however, occupies a sweet spot between hi-tech cool and sheer wearability, even if the 45mm case diameter is on the large side.

It’s wrapped in three different skins for you to choose from: Titanium (limited to 1,000 pieces); King Gold (limited to 500 pieces); and 3D Carbon (limited to 500 pieces). King Gold, for the uninitiated, is Hublot’s proprietary red gold that’s “redder than the traditional 18K gold 5N”.

The watch is wrapped in three different skins: King Gold (limited to 500 pieces); Titanium (limited to 1,000 pieces); and 3D Carbon (limited to 500 pieces). (Photo: Hublot)

Meanwhile, 3D Carbon is a polymer matrix composite hewn from three-dimensional fibres. Compared to carbon fibre, which is made up of multiple layers of material (like a lasagna or kueh lapis), 3D Carbon is composed of fibres that intertwine across all the layers. It’s a commonly-used material in motorsports because of its strength, lightness and high resistance.

Reverberating at the watch’s core is the HUB1280, Hublot’s in-house manufactured chronograph calibre that features a flyback chronograph function, automatic winding, and has four patents to its name. The chronograph boasts a column wheel construction that is characteristic of high-end chronographs. You can see this mechanism on the dial at 6 o’clock.

References to the Maranello carmaker are subtle, if anything. Ferrari red accents on the pusher at 2 o’clock, as well as chronograph seconds and minutes hands (and around the sapphire crystal on the 3D Carbon model); prancing horse logos on the dial, crown and back of movement; and the rotor that’s shaped like a steering wheel. Finally, the black rubber straps are clad in Schedoni leather, just like the seats of historic Maranello racing machines.

Prancing horse logos and red accents hint at the Ferrari heritage. (Photo: Hublot) READ> Baselworld 2019: Chopard reveals its first-ever flying tourbillon watch
Source: CNA/ds