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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 42mm “Shiny Dial” Watches Hands-On

Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 42mm "Shiny Dial" Watches Hands-On Hands-On

For 2014, Hublot is offering the Shiny Dial in both black and actually white. This is the first time I've noticed a white-dialed Classic Fusion and while I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, it quickly grew on me. Hublot offers each dial with either the titanium or gold case, and I think it looks pretty sharp. Hublot has very much been a "dark dialed" brand but in white I think it adds a light freshness that should not be overlooked. It is also true that the black dialed version is more classic, and more suitable for day and night wear, but I happen to think the shiny white dial, especially mixed with the gold case and brown strap is quite handsome.

One area that people tend to harp on a lot are the bezel screws. The signature "H" screws are functional and individually screw into the case. Audemars Piguet for instance ensures that the screws all line up perfectly "pointing" into the dial. Hublot screws are more organically screwed in and designed to just sit where they may after being tightened. Would the design be better if the screws all look perfectly symmetrical? I don't know, to be honest. It isn't something that has bothered me, but I can sympathize with those who are irked but the organic assortment of the screw heads.

Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 42mm "Shiny Dial" Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 42mm "Shiny Dial" Watches Hands-On Hands-On

With an attractive in-house made mechanical movement and "glossy" presentation, the Hublot Classic Fusion 42mm Ultra Thin Shiny Dial collection represents an apex of simple, attractive Hublot-style dress watch. If you aren't into Hublot at all, these will probably not do it for you, but if you have been fond of Hublot since the 1980s and feel that the modern pieces don't fit your personality, then Classic Fusion models such as this are a good bet. The come with black rubber lined black or brown alligator straps.

The two titanium models are the ref. 545.NX.1270.LR with the black dial and the ref. 545.NX.2210.LR with the white dial. In 18k king gold the models are the ref. 545.OX.1280.LR with the black dial and the ref. 545.OX.2210.LR for the white dial. Prices for the Hublot Classic Fusion 42mm Ultra-Thin Shiny Dial are $13,700 in titanium and $29,100 in gold. hublot.com

What do you think?
  • MarkCarson

    I’d like it more if the sub-dial was at 6. And since the back side nuts could be in any rotational angle when when tightened, Hublot could align the front side screws if they choose to. And it certainly would look better that way. Certainly not bad looking for a Hublot. I wish more of their watches exhibited a similar restraint and sense of composure instead of too often being ‘baller’ watches. The name is a joke. Why not ‘shiny hands’ or ‘winding gears on the back’ or ‘Not as gross as the usual Hublot’?

  • Zeitblom

    Shiny dial — of interest to all humans, but also to jackdaws.

  • LapYoda

    Not bad, but the bezel screws are messing with my OCD tendencies.

  • Ulysses31

    Does not compute… an elegant Hublot… *head explodes*.  The dial, markers and hands are classically beautiful.  That signature case design and bezel, however, is not.  It creates a strange combination.  Were they to round it off a little it would look more stylish and less like a regular freaky Hublot with all the horrific detail removed.  Nice movement too.  Anyway, it has potential, and represents some hope for Hublot if it continues to transition from a vulgar teenager into a sophisticated adult.  Well, I say that knowing that there’s such a thing as the Hublot Pop-Art collection, so who knows.

  • AndrewBistak

    A very classy looking piece that definitely harkens back to the pre-Biver heyday for the company.  I like it a lot, and actually even more so since they went with the off-balance seconds hand.  Sometimes perfect symmetry is overrated, and in this case, I think matches quite well with the not-quite-traditional case shape.  
    As much as the asymmetry is OK in my book, the H-screws once again throw me off a bit with Hublot.  With the machinery that they have at their disposal, even with the circular screw (as opposed to the hexagonal screws used by AP, which are more easily kept in position) there has to be a way to get each of them to line up to point at a particular focus area.  Heck, they could have even tried to be a little clever and get each of the screws to align to the center of the small seconds pinion.  I think that would be a nifty idea, honestly.

    The name leaves a little bit of an odd taste in my mouth, but I get the idea.  Make the dial finish a focus as much as the height of the watch, but why not just leave it at the 42mm ‘Glossy’ model?  Easier on the tongue, no?  You didn’t see Panerai use any extra verbiage to describe the 89 GMT besides the use of ‘Anthracite’, and that was actually a bit more of an accomplishment for a watch dial at the time than this here with the Classic fusion, no?

  • Abu Rose

    In spite of Hublot’s success over the past decade since Jean-Claude Biver took the helm, I have had a hard time categorizing their position- from a design perspective- in the luxury watch market. Their more recent models are often glittery and over-the-top. I would argue that their early models, especially the Classic series had the “elegant Hublot” look, that unfortunately petered out. 
    Back to this watch, the overall design of the case and dial falls back on the older designs from the Hublot Classic and the later Classic Fusion models. This “Shiny Dial” is a step in the right direction and back to the non-flashy roots, yet it suffers from 4 miscues (3 design and 1 nomenclature), that some of the discerning audience have eluded to:
    1. The seconds subdial is unnecessarily large and misplaced; shrink it by 30-40% and place it at the 6 o’clock for visual symmetry. As is, it really looks off no matter how you spin it.

    2. Please match the colors of screws to the case so they can blend in and convey the overall classic look of the watch. I honestly think they should get rid of them all together which is a much cleaner look.

    3. Ditch those dark fender-looking appendages -reminiscent of Flipper movie- that are just an eye sore or blend their colors with the case. I prefer the former choice. 
    4. What is with the “Shiny Dial” name? One of the most ludicrous choices for a luxury watch name I have heard in a while.     

    As for the color combination, I will take the rose gold/white dial. I love the quasi-enameled glossy white dial; very zen. 

    Cheers- Abu Rose

  • spiceballs

    Nope

  • mcv1973a

    Um… no.
    While I’m sure Hublot has their “fans”, I’m not one of them.
    Looks like ten pounds of crap in a five pound bag.

  • marbstiu

    woooooooooooooo shinyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • marbstiu

    the Movado Bold article suggested on the Related Posts speaks volumes about this hublot

  • DG Cayse

    The elegant artistry of fine watch making personified.

  • phb

    For that price you”d think they would at least throw in a swan neck!
    And Adam, I”ve meant to ask for months but do you trim your wrist hair
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