WATCHES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME
http://www.thewatchbox.com The Hublot Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon combines Hublot's most refined model line with its most sophisticated engineering. While the Big Bang and the King Power may be the twin pillars of Hublot's empire, the reality is that not every collector wants to wear a Brinks truck on the wrist. Hublot's Classic Fusion case pares the Hublot look to its circa-1980 essentials with a six-bolt bezel, tapered case, round dial, and signature rubber strap. Oh year, and there's a skeletonized tourbillon movement in there, too. Of course, that exquisite complication and its stunning presentation is this watch's calling card. The Skeleton Tourbillon is watch that never could have happened in previous eras of Hublot, as the watchmaking savor faire to construct such a devices simply didn't arrive in-house until 2010. Faced with the choice of losing his high complication partner, BNB Concept, to bankruptcy or buying the company outright, Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver opened the Louis-Vuitton checkbook and saved the day. Since that fateful moment, Hublot has come of age as a manufacturer of high-end complications with superb finish. The Skeleton Tourbillon's caliber HUB6010 is a manual wind unit finished to the highest standards of Swiss craft. The mainspring barrel - itself skeletonized - contains an outstanding five-day power reserve. Skeletonized bridges and base plate ensure all-access views into the heart of the works, and this tourbillon is uniquely available for admiration. More than a pretty face, the Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon is tough, too. A full ceramic case and bezel provides all-aspect scratch resistance to keep its good looks intact. One of only 99 units constructed by Hublot's in-house BNB engineers, now enshrined in the company's "MP" (Masterpiece) division, this Hublot Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon is available from thewatchbox.com with full Hublot factory paperwork, manuals, and boxes. Video and content by Tim Mosso.