If you enjoy gorgeous fabrics as well as nice watches, you’ll be delighted to hear about Hublot and Italia Independent new venture ! For those of you that like to be stylish from head to toe, the watchmaker partnered with Lapo Elkann’s company to bring you a collection of watches that will match your suits. These limited editions include Rubinacci’s famous fabrics in their dials and straps.
Watchmaking and fashion blended together in this new Classic Fusion
Hublot chose to partner up for the third time with one Fiat’s heir, Lapo Elkann, know for his rather wild lifestyle as well as his keen sense of fashion. The two worked together to create a new collection based on Hublot’s Classic Fusion this time, instead of the Big Bang Unico used in their former works. To quote Hublot’s CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, this collection was about “putting Hublot’s capacity for technical innovation and willingness to experiment to the service of the House of Rubinacci -a monument to Italian elegance- and the incomparable style of Lapo Elkann”.
The latter, deemed by some “the world’s most elegant man”, has made customisation his trademark. He started Ferrari’s “Tailor Made” programme and works with Garage Italia Custom to provide their customers with highly personalised cars, boats and even planes. Lapo Elkann turned out to be the perfect match to create a collection of watches celebrating Italian fabrics.
Dials made using precious fabrics
This collection consists of 6 different watches, limited to either 50 or 100 pieces and whose main feature is to include fabrics into their dials and on their straps. While the overall style of these watches might not be to everybody’s taste, we have to admit that the idea to integrate fabric into the dial is rather interesting, especially when considering that few brands actually venture into such innovative territories. Watches and clothing are often interconnected and many watch enthusiasts pay attention to what they wear, yet the two fields rarely work together.
Thanks to Hublot and Italia Independent, things are about to change as Lapo Elkann went on to pick into Rubinacci’s 60,000 square meters archives. The Italian House, which is quite a reference in the area, holds the most beautiful collection of fabrics. Three different styles were chosen from Rubinacci’s authentic fabrics for the Classic Fusion, houndstooth, tartan and Prince-of-Wales. Six different version of the watch will be available, two in titanium, two in ceramic and two in King Gold. Our preference goes to the ceramic case with Tartan dial as well as the titanium case with a blue Prince-of-Wales dial.
The 45 mm case of each watch embarks an automatic chronograph movement with a HUB1143 caliber and a 42 hours power reserve.