Hublot kicked off LVMH Watch Week with the reveal of a new collection of Classic Fusion Original watches that stay true to the original ethos. These watches make just as big a statement today as they did back in the ‘80s, and I suspect they will fall into love it or hate it territory for many. The new collection spans three different colorways, and features three different sizes, ensuring a Classic Fusion for every taste out there. As they say, fashion is cyclical, and this is one aesthetic that’s coming back in a big way. While Hublot also has plenty going on in their more bombastic Big Bang collection (more on those later), the Classic Fusion offers striking clarity to the brand’s original modus operandi in a wholly original way.
The idea of the original Fusion was simple, yet groundbreaking in its own way: pairing luxurious precious metal cases with straps made of non-luxurious rubber, hence the name Fusion. It was a jarring combination at the time, and while not nearly as radical today, it’s the rest of the style that makes the watch so compelling, whether you enjoy it or not. Say what you will about the port-hole case design and where its inspirations come from, which is all fair game, this watch is instantly recognizable as a Hublot Fusion from across the room, and that says something about the execution of this design. It’s derivative, as many things are, but done in an entirely original manner.