The Classic Fusion: Hublot's Classic Sports Watch
The Classic Fusion is the black sheep of the Hublot family. It is more refined than the Swiss manufacturer's other watches, though it maintains the typical porthole design. Top models feature a tourbillon and minute repeater.
A Luxury Watch for Every Occasion
The Classic Fusion collection from Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Hublot blends the modern aesthetic of the Big Bang series with the simple elegance of the Classic line. While largely inspired by early Hublot models from the 1980s, the Classic Fusion stays true to the manufacturer's fusion concept, combining contrasting – and sometimes unusual – materials like titanium, carbon, ceramic, gold, rubber, and leather. What's more, this collection bridges the gap between the vintage pieces of yore and the distinctive sports watches of today. The Classic Fusion suits almost any dress code, be it casual or black tie.
However, this collection has much more to offer than just eye-catching designs. Top models like the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater boast highly complicated movements. As its name implies, this particular timepiece comes with a tourbillon and a minute repeater. Other highlights include the Classic Fusion Orlinski Tourbillon and the Aerofusion Moonphase. While the former has a faceted case and intricately skeletonized in-house movement with a tourbillon, the latter features a pointer date and moon phase display.
The collection is also home to the Classic Fusion Chronograph with a stopwatch function and the Classic Fusion Automatic. The Automatic is among the collection's simplest and most affordable models. With cases ranging from 33 to 45 mm in diameter, the Classic Fusion is a great choice for all wrist sizes. Hublot constructs these watches out of ceramic, titanium, or King Gold. Some models use a mix of titanium and King Gold or ceramic and King Gold.
Reasons to Buy a Hublot Classic Fusion
- Recognizable luxury sports watch
- Top models with tourbillons and minute repeaters
- Power reserves of up to 8 days
- Cases made of titanium, ceramic, carbon, or gold
- Flat, porthole design that suits almost any attire
Prices at a Glance: Hublot Classic Fusion
|Model/Reference number||Price (approx.)||Material(s)/Diameter|
|Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater, 504.QX.0110.LR||242,000 USD||Carbon fiber, 45 mm|
|Classic Fusion Chronograph Tourbillon Skeleton, 506.OX.0180.LR||86,500 USD||King Gold, 45 mm|
|Classic Fusion Aerofusion Moonphase Pavé, 517.OX.0180.LR.1704||41,500 USD||King Gold and diamonds, 45 mm|
|Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti, 521.OX.0500.VR.BER17||34,500 USD||King Gold, 45 mm|
|Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski||23,500 USD||Red ceramic, 45 mm|
|Classic Fusion Aerofusion UEFA Champions League, 525.EX.0170.RX.UCL20||18,000 USD||Blue ceramic, 45 mm|
|Classic Fusion Chronograph, 541.NO.1181.LR||12,000 USD||Titanium and King Gold, 42 mm|
|Classic Fusion Automatic, 568.NX.1170.NX||6,900 USD||Titanium, 38 mm|
|Classic Fusion Green, 581.NX.8970.LR||4,800 USD||Titanium, 33 mm|
How much does a three-hand Classic Fusion cost?
Hublot's simplest timepieces belong to the Classic Fusion 3-Hands line. Their designs are largely reminiscent of the manufacturer's very first watches. Defining features include a round case, integrated lugs, and a "porthole" bezel with six decorative, H-shaped screws. The dial focuses on functionality and lacks any frills. It has applied bar indices, a date display at 3 o'clock, and the brand logo. Watches with an automatic movement also bear the inscription "Automatic" on their dials, while quartz-powered editions lack any inscription. In terms of dial color, you can choose from black, white, blue, green, and gray.
The Classic Fusion 3-Hands is also available in a number of materials, including titanium, ceramic, and Hublot's proprietary rose gold, called King Gold. Thanks to its platinum content, King Gold has a striking reddish hue that won't fade over time. The manufacturer also offers two-tone versions of this watch. The more classic variant pairs titanium with King Gold, and the more modern edition combines black ceramic with the same shimmering precious metal. Those with more glamorous tastes should consider one of the Pavé models with diamonds on their bezels and cases.
The Classic Fusion 3-Hands comes in four different sizes. The 42 and 45-mm editions make great men's watches, while the 33 and 38-mm models are best for narrower, more feminine wrists. Prices for the larger versions begin around 5,700 USD. This will get you a 42-mm titanium watch on a leather strap. You can call a similar timepiece with a 45-mm case your own for about 6,400 USD. Models with a 45-mm ceramic or two-tone case change hands for between 9,200 and 10,500 USD. Expect to pay significantly more for a Classic Fusion 3-Hands in King Gold or with diamonds. These timepieces demand anywhere from 17,000 to 33,500 USD.
The two smaller Classic Fusion 3-Hands editions are only marginally less expensive. They are available in the same materials as their larger counterparts and cost between 4,900 and 24,000 USD.
Classic Fusion 40 Years Anniversary
In September 2020, Hublot celebrated 40 years since their first watch debuted with a special-edition Classic Fusion model. The Classic Fusion 40 Years Anniversary is 45 mm in diameter and shares its case design with that of the 3-Hands line. Hublot crafts these anniversary models out of titanium, ceramic, and yellow gold and pairs them with a rubber strap.
The main difference between these timepieces and standard three-hand Classic Fusions is their dials. Whereas the 3-Hands' dial is decidedly modest, the limited edition's black lacquer dial is downright spartan. There are no indices, and the only points of reference are the date at 3 and the applied logo at 12 o'clock.
The Classic Fusion 40 Years Anniversary has a list price of 8,300 USD in titanium, 10,400 USD in black ceramic, and 25,200 USD in gold.
The Classic Fusion Chronograph
The Classic Fusion collection also contains chronographs. These 42 and 45-mm timepieces have a more masculine feel. In terms of case material, you can choose from titanium, King Gold, ceramic, or two-tone. These watches feature remarkably tidy dials despite their chronograph function. Each has a two-subdial design with a small seconds at 3 and a 30-minute counter at 9 o'clock. A date display at 6 o'clock balances the dial nicely. The 45-mm version is powered by the HUB1143 caliber, while the smaller variant houses the HUB4302. Both calibers are based on ETA movements with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve.
The 45-mm Classic Fusion Chronograph in titanium costs roughly 9,100 USD on a leather or rubber strap. The same watch on a matching titanium bracelet changes hands for about 10,000 USD. You can purchase the black ceramic edition for between 9,500 and 12,000 USD, depending on whether you choose a model on a rubber strap or a ceramic bracelet. Be sure to have some 24,500 USD on hand for a King Gold Classic Fusion Chronograph on a leather or rubber strap. Prices for the version on a three-piece link King Gold bracelet begin around 38,500 USD.
Similar timepieces with 42-mm cases generally cost slightly less. Prices vary by model and range from 8,100 to 36,000 USD.
The Aerofusion With a Skeletonized Dial
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion is another of the manufacturer's most desirable luxury watches. Its most striking feature is the skeletonized HUB1155 caliber, a modified ETA 2892 with a chronograph module. You can view this elaborately decorated movement at work through the sapphire crystal dial and case back. This 45-mm watch comes in titanium, ceramic, or King Gold, either with or without diamonds. You can also choose from a leather or rubber strap, as well as a metal or ceramic bracelet, depending on the case material. Prices for a never-worn titanium model sit around 13,000 USD. You'll need an additional 1,200 USD for the same watch on a titanium bracelet. Gold versions with a King Gold link bracelet sell for roughly 43,000 USD in mint condition. Depending on which band you choose, you will need to invest between 13,500 and 17,000 USD on an Aerofusion in black ceramic. The Aerofusion UEFA Champions League costs around 1,200 USD more. Hublot outfits this model with a blue ceramic case and a matching rubber strap.
Fans of diamond-studded watches will also find several appealing options in the Aerofusion series. Hublot offers gold and titanium versions of this chronograph with glittering gemstones on their bezels and cases. Prices depend on the number of diamonds and range from 17,000 to 38,500 USD.
The Many Facets of the Orlinski
The Classic Fusion Orlinski series is the result of a collaboration between Hublot and French neo-pop artist Richard Orlinski. A native Parisian, Orlinski is most famous for his colorful sculptures depicting wild animals. He brought his distinctive faceted style to the Classic Fusion, resulting in a truly unique line of timepieces.
Three-hand Classic Fusion Orlinski watches measure 40 mm in diameter and stand out with their striking dials. The case's faceted design continues onto the dial, lending it a wonderful sense of depth. The titanium model costs about 9,800 USD, while the King Gold version sells for approximately 19,500 USD. Each is also available as a Pavé edition with diamonds. These models demand 17,000 and 33,500 USD, respectively.
This series is also home to the Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski with a stopwatch function. The models in red, green, or blue ceramic are among the most interesting takes on this design and change hands for between 17,000 and 23,500 USD. The titanium version also costs roughly 23,500 USD. At 49,000 USD, the King Gold edition with diamonds is over twice as expensive.
The line's top model is the Classic Fusion Tourbillon 5-Days Power Reserve Orlinski. Hublot equips this timepiece with the manual in-house caliber HUB6021. Sapphire crystal on the front and back gives the wearer a detailed look at the skeletonized movement with a tourbillon at 6 o'clock. Fully wound, this movement's power reserve clocks in at 115 hours, or just shy of five days. The version with a black ceramic case will set you back about 85,000 USD, while the model in 18-karat King Gold sells for around 91,000 USD.
Classic Fusion With a Moon Phase Display
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Moonphase is also available in a 42 or 45-mm case. As its name suggests, this watch features a moon phase display. It also has a skeletonized dial and movement. More specifically, it gets its power from a modified Sellita SW300-1, which Hublot refers to as the HUB1131. The moon phase display shares its position at 6 o'clock with a pointer date. There's also a window with a combined day and month display just below 12 o'clock.
The most affordable Classic Fusion Moonphase models come in titanium and cost an average of 13,500 USD. Ceramic timepieces demand only slightly more at 14,000 USD. You can find versions with a gold case for around 24,500 USD on Chrono24. Finally, watches with diamonds sell for between 35,500 and 42,000 USD.
Ferrari GT, Berluti, and Cruz Diez
Hublot has shared a close partnership with the Italian luxury car brand Ferrari for many years. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is one result of this relationship. Its design is unlike any of the collection's other watches and bears a strong resemblance to a sports car's dashboard. Furthermore, the Ferrari GT is the only Classic Fusion to feature a Hublot Unico caliber. This family of movements sets itself apart with its modular construction. Hublot outfits the Ferrari GT's caliber with a flyback chronograph function. Both the caliber and dial are skeletonized. The titanium edition is limited to a run of 1,000 pieces and costs about 19,500 USD. You'll also find models in King Gold or carbon fiber. Limited to runs of 500 pieces, these watches sell for 34,500 and 23,500 USD, respectively.
Hublot also maintains a longstanding relationship with the storied shoe brand Berluti. The Classic Fusion Berluti takes the company's fusion concept to the next level, using high-quality Venezia leather not only for the strap but also for the dial. The dial's indices, logo, and "Automatic" inscription are all directly stamped into the leather. The final result looks stunningly rustic. This 45-mm timepiece is available as a three-hand watch or a two-subdial chronograph in your choice of gold, titanium, or ceramic. Prices depend on the exact model and range from 11,500 to 34,500 USD.
The Classic Fusion Cruz Diez debuted in late 2019 and is the collection's most colorful member. It pays tribute to Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, who passed away in mid-2019. Cruz-Diez was fascinated by how we perceive color and was one of the most important members of the op art (optical art) movement. The Classic Fusion Cruz Diez is a new take on the style made famous by the artist's Chromointerférence series. The dial consists of two discs featuring a pattern designed by Cruz-Diez himself. Powered by the HUB1112 caliber, the discs rotate independently of one another, constantly changing how the lines and colors interact. Like most Classic Fusion watches, the Cruz Diez is available in titanium, ceramic, or King Gold. Hublot offers models with a 38 or 45-mm case. You can purchase one of these timepieces for between 8,300 and 23,500 USD.
Minute Repeaters, Tourbillons, and More
The Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater was part of the Classic Fusion collection until 2019 and is easily the series' most complicated watch to date. Thanks to its minute repeater, it can express the time acoustically on demand. Another impressive feature is the tourbillon at 6 o'clock, which lends this timepiece its exceptional accuracy. The 45-mm case is available in titanium, King Gold, or carbon. Prices range from around 221,000 USD for titanium models to 258,000 USD for those in rose gold. Carbon versions sit in the middle at 234,000 USD.
The Classic Fusion Tourbillon lacks a minute repeater and is available with a skeletonized dial or as an "Open Heart" model with an opening for the tourbillon at 6 o'clock. You can call a titanium Open Heart watch your own for about 37,000 USD. On the other hand, the titanium Skeleton edition sells for roughly 76,500 USD. The King Gold versions cost an additional 3,600 and 5,000 USD, respectively. Hublot also produces this watch with a chronograph function. Depending on the exact model, these timepieces can demand anywhere from 69,500 to 86,000 USD.
If you can do without intricate complications, the Classic Fusion Ultra Thin may just be the right watch for you. This especially flat three-hand timepiece is available with a 42 or 45-mm case and has a small seconds at 7 o'clock. Both its movement and dial are skeletonized. The final watch measures just 2.9 mm in height and costs between 14,000 and 24,500 USD.