Hublot is a Swiss luxury watchmaker known for its motto, The Art of Fusion—something that directed the very core of its approach in watchmaking. When it launched in 1980, the brand immediately made history when it used an unlikely pairing of a gold watch and rubber straps. The inaugural watch had a bezel shaped like a ship’s porthole, which translates to “hublot” in French.
Fast forward 40 years, the brand has already perfected the art of fusing materials such as carbon fiber, rubber, and ceramics to manufacture watches with impressive aesthetics, bold designs, and high-quality make. It was so much of a spectacular feat that Hublot was able to establish an unrivaled reputation in the watch industry.
Today, the brand has a wide range of Hublot watches that reflect the brand’s rich history and reputation for integrating quality craftsmanship with aesthetics. You would find some of its most iconic pieces under its famous collection, the Hublot Classic Fusion.
Hublot: History and the Introduction of the Classic Fusion
Name any luxury watch brand and there’s hardly one that doesn’t have a string of the most iconic models that resist trends. The Classic Fusion is by far one of the most in-demand collections from Hublot. Introduced in 2008, the first Classic Fusion sported an elegant yet modern look. It’s designed for both men and women in mind and several years later, it has grown to include a wide range of pieces, each remarkable in terms of style, design, precision, and movements.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Hublot last year, the brand has released a three-version Classic Fusion 40 Years Anniversary model. Each sported three different materials: 18K yellow gold, titanium, and black ceramic. The yellow gold version is released in limited 100 pieces, while the two are available in 200 pieces each.
Classic Fusion or not, a Hublot watch makes a valuable investment. This much is true for watch collectors who prefer buying something based not only on looks, but quality build, brand heritage, and potential investment returns as well. It goes without saying that whether you make a large investment or not for a Hublot watch, you should take good care of it so it will last years of wear and tear.
How to Clean and Maintain Your Hublot Watch
Just as you spend time and effort maintaining your metal watches, you should also conserve your leather and rubber straps to help extend their life. The following tips would come useful when you own a Hublot Classic Fusion watch, most of which are shipped with either leather or rubber straps, or a combination of both.
Rubber straps can be cleaned and maintained the same way you would a metal watch. Rinse them with soapy water to remove any chemicals such as bug spray, cologne, and skincare products, all of which can fade or crack the strap. Avoid exposure to the sun or alcohol, as they can dry out the rubber over time, damage it and render it unwearable.
For your leather watches, it’s recommended that you avoid contact with water or any liquids that may damage their surface. Instead of washing a leather bracelet, clean it using a soft cloth to remove oils, dirt, and other elements that it may be exposed to, after every use. Make sure to check the user manual for cleaning recommendations as well before applying any products.
Below are some other tips to clean and maintain your Hublot watch, or just about any watch for this matter.
- Clean your watch regularly to remove any dust or dirt. Every once in a while, you may also consider soaking water-resistant watches in water and soap to loosen the dirt.
- Keep your watch box and store your watch inside whenever you’re not wearing it. This is intentionally designed to safeguard your accessory from potential damage or scratches.
- Service your watch on a regular basis. It’s recommended that you take it to an expert for inspection, identify any potential issues, and address them before they become real problems.
- Keep your watch from exposure to chemicals, magnetic fields, extreme heat, sunlight, and steam. All these factors can damage your watch.
- Leave the repairs to the professionals. Opening a watch yourself may void its warranty and risk causing further damage, particularly when you don’t have the appropriate skills and tools to repair it.
Of all the Hublot watches, arguably the most popular is the Classic Fusion. No other brands are as successful as Hublot in terms of fusing different materials to create pieces that look modern yet pay homage to its vintage models.
If you’re looking for a watch that has perfected the balance between art, technology, and innovation, look no further than a Hublot Classic Fusion. It’s not something for the faint-hearted, but for the bold and the brave, capable of sporting a wearable piece of art.
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