To mark its anniversary, Hublot revisited its 1980 Classic Original, an iconic example of its disruptive approach.
To mark its anniversary, Hublot revisited its 1980 Classic Original, an iconic example of its disruptive approach.
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Hublot has always been a fearless and pioneering brand, and this is no less true in 2020. The brand's creation of a gold watch on a rubber strap in 1980 broke with conventional codes and laid the foundations for its own vision of Haute Horlogerie. To mark its anniversary, Hublot has revisited its 1980 Classic Original, an iconic example of its disruptive approach. Straddling past and future, horological tradition and technical innovation, this 2020 edition is available in a mechanical version.

An icon that works a variety of materials, finishes and modern and classic technologies into three collectors' models.
An icon that works a variety of materials, finishes and modern and classic technologies into three collectors' models.
Image: Supplied/Hublot

It’s an icon that works a variety of materials, finishes and modern and classic technologies into three collectors' models to celebrate Hublot's 40th anniversary.

These Classic Fusion models embody 40 years packed with technological advances and breaking with convention.

Not content with simply reissuing the 1980 Classic Original, we have reinterpreted it to reflect the Hublot of today. One model has a mechanical movement in a 45mm format for men — a brand-new contemporary version that celebrates Hublot's innovative approach of the past 40 years, says Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe.

The new Classic Fusion models capture the elegance and timeless refinement of the 1980 Classic Original, and four decades of ceaseless exploration and innovation. The black lacquered and polished dial is understated, featuring only faceted hands, an appliqué Hublot and H logo. 

Hublot Classic Fusion Models.
Hublot Classic Fusion Models.
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The 45mm case, made from yellow gold, titanium or black ceramic, includes the six famous screws and a sapphire crystal case back, and sits on an adjustable rubber strap with a triple deployant clasp for added comfort. These signature details add a contemporary touch to the first Hublot watch, lending these models a beautifully timeless character.

Marrying original design with comfort, the 1980 Classic Original quickly captivated a discerning public seeking a special watch. Hublot's founder Carlo Crocco, had in mind a practical, robust and wearable model for all occasions.

At the time, Hublot was the first watch brand to combine precious gold with a modern rubber developed in its own workshops. A happy marriage between two such disparate materials was something no-one else had imagined. These were the origins of the “Art of Fusion”, an exploratory approach to materials underpinned by technological research and a fearlessness that has characterised Hublot for 40 years. 

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