Satin-finished and Polished 18K King Gold
Crystal : Sapphire with Anti-reflective Treatment
Bezel Lug : Black Composite Resin
Lateral Inserts : Black Composite Resin
Case-back : Satin-finished 18K King Gold with Sapphire
Crystal Interior Anti-reflective Treatment and Official 2014
FIFA WorldCup BrazilTM Printed Logo
Crown : Black Rubber and Satin-finished 18K King Gold
Pushers : Black PVD Titanium with
Green and Black Rubber
Screws : Titanium
Water Resistant : 100m or 10 ATM
Mat and Satin-finished Black Dial
Yellow Retrograde Chronograph Minute Hand Green
Retrograde Chronograph Second Hand
Satin-finished and Microblasted Gold-plated Minute
and Hour Hands with White Luminescent Microblasted
Gold-plated Small Second Hand
Carbon Fiber and Anodized Black Aluminium Lower Bezel
with 6 H-shaped Titanium Screws
HUB1260 : UNICO Manufacture Self-winding Bi-Retrograde
Mouvement with Central Chronographe. Column Wheel
Oscillating Weight : Tungsten Oscillating Weight with
Microblasted and Satin-finished Surface Treated in Pearly
Escapement : Swiss Lever Escapement
No. of Components : 385
Jewels : 44
Frequency (Hz) : 4 (28’800 A/h)
Power Reserve : 72 Hours
Black Structured Lined Rubber
Black PVD Titanium with 18K King Gold Insert Deployant
A timeless medium for the expression of human aspirations, stained glass windows breathe light, turning our thoughts towards the workings of the soul. Stained glass windows have fed the imagination of some of the greatest artists. Taking inspiration from their quest for light and following in the precarious footsteps of their art, Hublot has added a new dimension to the field of horological expertise.
These exceptional timepieces filter light in glorious celebration of the transparency that characterises this enduring decorative art. The consummate design of this piece is transfigured; the precise, regular movement of each of its components is reflected in the rhythm and vibration of colours chosen to inspire emotion. It is work that requires extreme precision, and which attunes our senses to the colourful rhythms of time.
And while the Classic Fusion Vitrail opens up new horizons on the aesthetic landscape of the watchmaking world, it also inspires a natural desire to possess an object which is unique in the world - a watch that perfectly reflects the very essence of who we are.
Renowned for its material expertise and innovative spirit, Hublot is constantly inventing new watch versions. The movement of the Classic Fusion Vitrail once again combines cutting-edge science and technology.
In order to preserve the purity of its colours, this special, high-tech glass is not body-tinted, as a master glassmaker would do. Produced in Switzerland by a company that makes glass for the aerospace industry and large-scale telescopes, it is specially treated in order to filter the light frequencies so that only the desired colour emerges.
The mastery of materials, time and light. This is a new approach to the art of watchmaking, an aesthetic and technological challenge, just like those the brand has already pulled off, for example in producing its Magic Gold, growing osmium crystals or creating high-tech ceramic in bright colours.
While Hublot will initially produce a limited edition of 20 Vitrail pieces in amaranth versions, this revolutionary concept opens the way for infinite combinations. Each Hublot skeleton watch has 15 openings, into which different coloured pieces of glass can be inserted. These compositions of light and combinations of colours offer more options than there are people on the planet (15 openings and 10 colours = 15 to the power of 10).That means we could all, in theory, own a Hublot watch with its own completely unique "stained glass window": think of it as a kind of colour DNA - a unique signature for each owner of a Hublot Vitrail.
Hublot has added a new dimension to luxury watchmaking: the option to create a truly exclusive watch by personally combining glass in different colours.
Look at it in the light... It pulses with life. A rich, vibrant red emanates from the very heart of your watch. The Hublot Classic Fusion Vitrail adds a touch of poetry to the skeleton on a precision mechanism.
What do the celestial sphere and a Hublot watch have in common? The deep blue radiance of a unique and extraordinary dream.
Mankind has always been captivated by the infinite constellation of stars, into which time seems to melt and disappear. Billions of brilliant points of light, shining like little signs, a host of stars in perpetual movement, an image from way beyond our planet that harbours all of our dreams, each a world of its own.
Only the combined genius of scientists and visionary craftsmen could conceive of a challenge such as this: to capture a tiny piece of the universe inside a timepiece. And to achieve it, a new material had to be found in order to replicate the mechanisms of nature. The secret would be to invent and shape an as yet unknown crystal whose brilliance could be matched only by that of the sky itself. Eclipsing even the radiance of diamond, the dial born from this fusion would draw the eye deep into a crucible of light.
Renowned for its expertise in working with the most precious of metals, Hublot's quest for innovative materials never ceases. The creation of crystals from osmium - the rarest and most dense material on the planet - is a world first achieved by a team of Swiss researchers. Hublot obtained exclusive production rights for this new material.
A unique metal, osmium originates at the very heart of our planet, almost 3000 km below the earth's crust in the primordial magma, where the temperature and pressure are extreme. Its exceptional density (22.589g at 20°) also makes it an extraordinary material.
Producing crystals of this original material required several years of research. Creating the necessary conditions to enable the growth of crystals in an almost impervious metal harder than tempered steel, and whose melting point exceeds 3000°C, is the kind of extraordinary challenge Hublot loves to take on. An inconceivable feat, just like those the brand has already pulled off, for example in the production of its Magic Gold or high-tech ceramic in bright colours.
Hublot has once again combined materials science and horological expertise to support mankind's most precious resource: imagination and a capacity to conceive universes. But the genuinely rare quality of osmium crystal, which is chemically stable and resistant to tarnishing, is its lustrous brilliance; no other material shines with such a magical luminosity, a fusion of the present and the infinite captured in the deep blue radiance of the firmament.
Look at it in the light... The heavens seem to materialise at its very heart. That's what really brings home the full glory of this exceptional piece, in which time is captured and dissolves into the vast celestial constellation. Incomparable brilliance, unique radiance... the Hublot Classic Fusion Firmament lets you wear a little piece of a star on your wrist.
Pelé, José Mourinho, Turin's Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Falcao, Roy Hodgson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Guangzhou Evergrande FC, Amsterdam's Ajax .... all the giants of football. All the big names, living legends of football who have chosen Hublot, not only to be ambassadors and friends of the brand throughout the world, but also to work together on a variety of projects, some in aid of charity and others such as the one being presented today.
This year, to mark the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, for which Hublot is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch, the Swiss watch brand invites us to discover them in a new, unique and different way - rather like it approaches all of its projects.
The result is a series of striking and exceptional portraits which reveals them as they've never been seen before. Each photo portrays the unique personality of the person or group.
All of the images tell a story by capturing moments of closeness between the ambassador and the Hublot team: Pelé, the King of Football, was photographed on a stair landing in a fashionable Ipanema hotel in Rio, revealing his kindness and attesting to a strength and fitness extraordinary for his age. José Mourinho, also known as The Special One, was photographed surrounded by clocks in a shadowy basement during a visit to the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland, while the Juventus players were beautifully captured in high spirits the day after their match against Fiorentina.
The Paris Saint-Germain team are portrayed on the turf at their training centre, as the sun momentarily breaks through the clouds during a rainy afternoon just long enough to capture the photo.
Each photo bears Hublot's symbol for the FIFA World Cup: a football painted and decorated by the renowned artist Romero Britto, a Brazilian painter and sculptor whose work combines elements of Pop Art, Cubism and graffiti. This ball links all those involved in the project with the official watches of the FIFA World Cup, which are presented in cases in the shape of the football decorated by Britto.
The offbeat yet respectful photos were taken by Fred Merz, a Swiss freelance photographer who lives in Geneva. With numerous photographic exhibitions to his name, his portraits and journalistic photos, whose lighting and approach are instantly recognisable, are used by some of the world's biggest media companies. Renowned and much in demand for his portraiture talents, Fred Merz casts an aesthetically astute eye over the world - a world he illuminates in such a way as to produce almost cinematic compositions featuring exquisitely constructed images.