The first Hublot watch was created in 1980 by an Italian entrepreneur and founder of the brand Carlo Crocco. Since then, the brand has enjoyed a close relationship with the city of Madrid and all its elements, whether it’s the world of sports or royalty or Michelin-starred gastronomy. Last year, Hublot established its second boutique in Madrid. And the love affair continues unabated as the luxury watchmaker has just released its new Hublot Classic Fusion Madrid Boutique (542.CM.1280.RX.MAD22), a 100-piece, limited-edition watch.
Compared with the three versions of the collection in 18 ct yellow gold, titanium and black ceramic, released in 2020, featuring bold 45 mm cases, the newly launched timepieces seem rather toned down. The latest 42 mm watches come in black ceramic cases. The collection is run by self-winding automatic Calibre HUB1110 movement with 42 hours of power reserve. This movement has often been found in 38 mm and 42 mm watches; it is based on the Sellita SW300-1 and beats at 4Hz. The larger 45 mm version uses HUB1112 while the 33 mm collection employs the HUB2913 quartz movement.
The new Hublot Classic Fusion Madrid Boutique watch wins hearts not for its movement but for its ability to make a style statement, especially when paired with a tuxedo. But the collection isn’t just for men — the 42 mm watch can be worn by both men and women, making it an ideal unisex watch.
Each watch gets a shiny black dial with 10 visible screws (four on the case and six on the bezel in gold). Drawing inspiration from the very first rubber-and-gold 1980 watch, the latest timepiece gets yellow golden hour, minute and second hands with a date window at 3 o’clock and the Hublot logo at 12 o’clock. The omission of the hour markers from the dial gives it a very minimalistic look, underscoring the fact that less is always more.
Turning the watch over showcases the skeleton, black ceramic caseback with six golden screws, engraving of ‘Special Edition’ and the individual watch number out of 100 and a Hublot-engraved oscillating weight.
Finishing each watch is the black smooth rubber strap with a black ceramic and black titane deployant buckle. The water resistance is measured at 50 metres.