Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto

Created in association with Romero Britto, the world renowned artist based in Brazil, the Classic Fusion Enamel Britto by Hublot is a fusion between a traditional art ("grand feu" enamelling) and contemporary art movements (Pop Art and Cubism).

Guided by Britto’s fun, brightly coloured artwork, the master dial-maker reproduces the outline of the design to the right scale, before stamping the dial in white gold to prepare it for champlevé enamelling. The enamellist grinds the enamel in a mortar before applying thin layers of the powder to the piece. The colours are applied one at a time. To reproduce the original design as faithfully as possible, the enamellist works with the enamel in the same way as Britto works with acrylics.
The enamellist selects 12 opaque colours – the most delicate and sensitive to firing – from the 250 shades in the colour palette. Each colour is fixed to the metal through successive firings at a temperature of approx. 800°C, until the final pattern appears after several days' work. Britto's iconic designs are reproduced perfectly by the champlevé enamel. In fact, the enamel is divided into cells, or "cloisons", which are so delicately produced that they are almost invisible. In creating this dial, it was a real challenge to transcribe in miniature all the harmony and energy of Britto's work.
The Classic Fusion Enamel Britto symbolises the fusion of time. It transposes an age-old art into one of the most modern designs. Britto’s designs take on a three dimensional appearance in the two dimensional space of the dial.
The Classic Fusion Enamel Britto is available in platinum or ceramic with a black alligator strap stitched onto rubber; it will be produced as a 50-piece limited edition for the ceramic version and a 30-piece limited edition for the platinum version.
Romero Britto
The work of this Brazilian artist, painter and sculptor is influenced by the Pop Art and Cubism art movements. His iconic style makes reference to a joyful, brightly coloured universe of patterns which are infinite in their combination and variation. Now working in the Coconut Grove district in Miami, he has been collaborating with Hublot since the Brazilian World Cup, for which he created the iconic multicoloured football.

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion Enamel Britto

515.CS.0910.LR (black ceramic version) – 50-piece limited edition
515.TS.0910.LR (platinum version) – 30-piece limited edition

"Classic Fusion" – Diameter 45 mm – Black polished ceramic or polished platinum
Bezel: Black polished ceramic or polished platinum; 6 H-shaped screws, countersunk, polished and locked, in titanium (black ceramic version) or white gold (platinum version)
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: Polished black ceramic or 18K white gold with HUBLOT logo
Case-back: Polished ceramic or circular-grained satin-finished platinum, sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating, Britto signature transfer
Water resistance: 5 ATM, i.e. approx. 50 metres

18K white gold decorated with "Champlevé Grand Feu" enamel with Britto Design
Hands: Polished, black coated (Ceramic version) or Rhodium-plated, polished (Platinum version)

CLASSICO HUB1302 hand-wound movement
Small seconds at 7 o'clock
Thickness: 2.90 mm
Components: 123 (Jewels: 23)
Power reserve: Approximately 90 hours

Glossy black alligator leather sewn onto black rubber with black stitching
Clasp: Deployant buckle in black PVD-coated steel or steel with platinum inserts

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