Thursday, July 23, 2015

HUBLOT Classic Fusion House of Mandela

In collaboration with the House of Mandela foundation created by the family of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Hublot has decided to pay tribute to him by unveiling the Classic Fusion House of Mandela. It is a homage both to his exceptional character, and to the legacy that he has left to not only his family, but humanity as a whole.

The House of Mandela aims to commemorate the life and philosophy of Nelson Mandela. Amongst its many charity projects, the Mandela family contributes to the education of South African children. A portion of the profits generated by the sale of these timepieces will also be donated to help the foundation achieve this goal.
Crafted in 18K King Gold, the Classic Fusion House of Mandela is available in two models: a 45 mm diameter men's model and a 42 mm diameter women's model with a bezel set with 35 diamonds (totalling 1.15 carats). This special edition is limited to 95 pieces – a reference to Nelson Mandela's age at the time of his death. The dial bears the totem of the Mandela family, a bee with outstretched, branched wings which symbolise the various branches of the Mandela family tree.
This insect was not chosen at random: it is inspired by Nelson Mandela's Xhosa name, Rolihlahla, which translates as "he who is brave enough to fetch the honey from the honeycomb" or "challenge the status quo". The bee also represents courage, sharing, and compassion, which are values shared by the family. The piece is completed by a black alligator strap.

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion House of Mandela

References
511.OX.0200.LR.MDL15 (45 mm version)
542.OX.0200.LR.1204.MDL15 (42 mm version with diamonds)
Special editions limited to a total of 95 pieces

Case
"Classic Fusion" - 45 or 42 mm diameter
18K King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Bezel: 18K King Gold engraved with the “Mandela” signature, 6 polished and locked titanium screws, and 35 diamonds (1.15 carats) for the 42 mm version
Crown: Polished 18K King Gold with Hublot logo
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior antireflective coating
Case-back: Satin-finished 18K King Gold engraved with the words “Special Edition, 1 OF 95” and the African continent, as well as “It’s in our hands” on the sapphire crystal with an interior antireflective coating
Water resistance: 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres

Dial
Satin-finished 18K King Gold engraved with the “House of Mandela” logo

Indexes and hands: 18K King Gold and polished and faceted 5N Gold

Movement
HUB 1112 Self-winding mechanical movement (45 mm)
HUB 1110 Self-winding mechanical movement (42 mm)
Date: Date situated at 3 o'clock
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap
Semi-matt black alligator leather with black stitching and black rubber
Polished and satin-finished 5N gold
Clasp in polished and satin-finished 5N gold with deployant buckle in black PVD coated steel

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