Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull: A Dissident Grand Complication閉じる
Part of Hublot's skull series, this is a Skeleton tourbillon movement that is far from conventional. Sleek and contemporary, but with a timeless elegance from the traditional watchmaking values used to create one of the kings amongst complications, the ceramic-coated aluminium gives this
piece a truly striking appearance.
This material, which is new to Hublot, is obtained through a treatment known as MAO (Microarc Oxidation) which consists of a surface conversion through plasma discharge in an electrolyte bath. This forms a ceramic layer which is hard, dense and adhesive. The
micro-blasted finish is obtained through manual sanding which gives the case a distressed look and ensures each piece has a unique finish. Finally, this material has a high hardness rating of around 1000 Vickers. It has excellent resistance to corrosion and friction, and is twice as light as ceramic.
famous manual winding skeleton tourbillon movement with its 5-day power reserve – entirely designed, developed and manufactured in the workshops at the Hublot Manufacture – has also seen several transformations. This is particularly true of its bridges and plate which have undergone 3-D machining: a laser machining phase has
transformed the flat bridges, creating a relief on these components. A very delicate technique to perform, it creates a 3-D look which is also quite rare in watchmaking as, generally speaking, bridges are flat. The components' white surface treatment is obtained through an electroplating process. The components are
rhodium-plated then, to achieve this white appearance (instead of retaining their metallic colour), the decoration stage is carried out using micro-blasting which turns them white.
Their bone-shaped design with skull-shaped minute tourbillon barret (which rotates fully in one minute) creates a
surprising and different piece: the perfect fusion of the traditional and the modern, the craftsmanship of the past and a 21st-century creative vision for watchmaking. One last small detail adds further interest to the piece, if that were needed: the indices are in Roman numerals, which is also a first for Hublot.