With the recent restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, American cigar smokers may soon be able to puff on Cuban cigars legally. Now they can count down to that historic moment on a watch that actually has real tobacco leaves in its dial: the Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX.
The Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX represents the second phase of the collaboration between Hublot and prestigious cigar brand Arturo Fuente, the first being the release of the King Power Arturo Fuente in 2012. The new watch — named for the coveted, special-occasion cigar made at the Fuente family’s famed Chateau de la Fuente estate in the Dominican Republic — takes the premium cigar motif a step further, with a brown-shaded dial infused with the same tobacco leaves that are rolled into the ForbiddenX cigar. The leaves, which make a trans-Atlantic journey from Fuente’s tobacco fields in Santiago to Hublot’s manufacture in Nyon, Switzerland, are inserted into the dials in a high-tech process that uses epoxy resin to make them stable and rigid.
The brown ceramic bezel of the Hublot Classic Fusion “ForbiddenX” (with the typical Hublot H-shaped inset screws) works in harmony with the tobacco-leaf dial to evokes the brown richness of fine cigar tobacco. The brown color is also echoed in the calfskin strap, which features white contrast stitching and the stylized “X” symbol of the ForbiddenX cigar. The watch’s Classic Fusion case measures 45 mm in diameter and is available in titanium, black ceramic, or Hublot’s proprietary King Gold (pictured.)
The movement is the automatic chronograph Caliber HUB 1143, which has 59 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. It powers a 30-minute chronograph (with a red central counter and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock on the dial) as well as a date function, in a window at 6 o’clock. The caseback is adorned with the iconic image of Carlos Fuente, Sr. and Carlos Fuente, Jr. over the ForbiddenX logo. The Hublot Classic Fusion “ForbiddenX” is delivered in a specially designed wooden display case that can double as a cigar humidor, and each version is limited edition: 250 pieces each for the ceramic and titanium models, 150 pieces for the King Gold. There is also a tourbillon version of the Classic Fusion “ForbiddenX” that is limited to only 30 pieces worldwide.