Friday, November 18, 2016

Hublot - Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang & Classic Fusion 45 mm Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang

Lang Lang, the world famous pianist, joined the Hublot family in January 2015. On 17th November 2016 in Hong Kong, the luxury Swiss watch brand has launched two stunning minute repeater watches created under its latest collaboration with Lang Lang: Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang and Classic Fusion 45 mm Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang.

Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang
The Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang sounds the hours and minutes with the supreme tone of a "cathedral" double gong. Like the hammers that strike the strings in the maestro’s piano, the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang has two tiny hammers that ring its double gong—steel wires wound around the movement—engraved with the virtuoso's name. The minute repeater—the most sophisticated movement there is—includes racks, snails, cams and wheels. Lang Lang was won over by the charm of this movement that requires the same mastery as the piano. Like a great pianist, master watchmakers must perfect their art over years of experience and dedicate hundreds of hours of work to achieve the perfect sound.
The Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang was inspired by the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater that won the prestigious Grand Prix de Genève in the "striking watch" category in 2014. It possesses the lightness and the comfort of carbon to allow the pianist the utmost ease in practising his art. The low density of carbon makes the case into an optimal sound chamber, strengthening the power of the notes when they chime.
The Minute Repeater is also equipped with a "cathedral" double gong that gives a powerful sound with rich harmonies that last. A ring with two true musical notes.
Music is present in the slightest details, the indexes on the dial at 3, 9 and 12 o'clock are respectively replaced by a bass clef—the pianist's left hand—a treble clef—their right hand—and a stylised sixteenth note that recalls Lang Lang's initials. Produced in a series of eight, it combines two major complications, the striking-mechanism and the tourbillon, 319 components that defy gravity and ring the hours, whilst offering a power reserve of 85 hours.
Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang
Reference: 504.QX.0180.VR.LAL16 – Limited to 8 numbered pieces

Case
Carbon fiber
Diameter: 45.5 mm
Thickness: 14.25 mm
Bezel: Carbon fiber
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws: Yellow Gold polished and Titanium black PVD polished
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Titanium black PVD
Case back: Carbon fiber - engraved LIMITED EDITION « 8NUM », grey lacquered
Case back Glass: Sapphire Crystal interior anti-reflective treatment + the signature of Lang Lang printed
Water Resistant: 3 ATM (30m)

Dial
Skeleton black dial, musical notes shaped appliques
Polished yellow gold plated appliques,
Hands: Polished yellow gold-plated hands

Movement
Caliber Hublot MHUB8001 Mechanical movement with manual winding
Type: Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater
N° of Components: 319
Jewels: 30
Frequency (Hz): 3 Hz (21'600 A/h)
Power Reserve: 85 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and black calf straps with black stitching
Stamped of a musical stave
Buckle: Black micro-blasted ceramic and PVD Stainless-steel deployant buckle clasp, yellow gold screws

Classic Fusion 45 mm Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang
Presented in a black ceramic case with a diameter of 45 m and a thickness of 8.15 mm, the Classic Fusion 45 mm Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang is produced in a series of 88—the number of keys on a piano. Its dial shows the artist's signature at 3 o'clock, a small second hand at 7 o'clock and a stylised semiquaver that recalls Lang Lang's initials at 12 o'clock. The index, hands, H screws and crown are dressed in gold to represent the extraordinary career of the man whose name was destined for success.
The sapphire back cover is stamped with a design that shows the young virtuoso playing his piano with panache and his name written in Chinese characters—his first name Lǎng means "sunlight" and his surname Láng means "cultured man".
The sapphire back cover reveals a manual winding movement, decorated with musical notes. The leather strap is marked with the five lines of a musical score as if waiting to receive notes composed by the maestro.
Technical details
Classic Fusion Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang
Reference: 515.CS.1280.VR.LAL16 – Limited to 88 numbered pieces

Case
Polished black ceramic
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 8.15 mm
Bezel: Polished black ceramic
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Yellow Gold polished and Titanium black PVD polished
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Yellow gold with engraved Hublot logo
Case back: Polished black ceramic engraved "LIMITED EDITION 88NUM"
Case back Glass: Sapphire Crystal interior anti-reflective treatment + logo Lang Lang printed.
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)

Dial
Lacquered Black dial + the signature of Lang Lang printed
Polished yellow gold plated appliques,
Hands: Polished yellow gold-plated hands

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB1302
Type: Manual-winding skeleton movement with small second at 7.00
No of Components: 123
Jewels: 21
Frequency: 3Hz (21'600 A/h)
Power reserve: 90 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and black shiny calf straps with black stitching
Stamped of a musical stave
Buckle: Black PVD Stainless steel deployant buckle clasp, yellow gold screws

About Lang Lang
The young, 32 year-old virtuoso has conquered the musical world in its broadest sense like a real rock star. With his cool look, talent and generosity he goes beyond the world of classical music and fuses it with every rhythm. His renowned duets with the Four Horsemen from Metallica, Jazz man Herbie Hancock or the Tenor Plácido Domingo; demonstrate his unlimited mastery of his art and the ease with which he constantly reinvents it. His music is made up of improvisations. Lang Lang is impudent and loves to surprise. No repertoire is beyond him. He has had an outstanding career and is a phenomenon on stage. The world famous Chinese pianist has already won many prizes.
In 2009 he was named one the 100 most influential people in the world and entered the Gramophone Magazine Hall of Fame in 2012. He has received an Order of Merit Gold Medal from Germany, was made a Chevalier de l’ordre Arts et des Lettres in France and was named as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Lang Lang is generous and gladly dedicates his time to the causes that are dear to him. He has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2004 and in 2007 he created the Lang Lang Music Foundation to help prestigious young pianists around the world. In 2015, he lent his name and his face to the campaign against illegal elephant ivory trading.

His extraordinary career began in Shenyang, where he was born, and has been the subject of a best -selling book "A Journey of a Thousand Miles". He has brought the piano to a new audience and hopes to inspire vocations. After having played in the world's greatest concert halls, Lang Lang fuses his art by playing private, ephemeral, improvised concerts for Hublot. His music has entered into legend through performances in such original venues as the Grandes Complications workshop in Hublot's Manufacture in Nyon, or temporary sites such as Harrods' popup store in Porto Cervo and White, the pop-up boutique hotel in St-Tropez. He has a generous and shining personality whose aura fuses perfectly with the Hublot philosophy.

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