Since 2014, the partnership between Hublot and Italia Independent has seen these two “think tanks” with boundless creative power come together to create bold and innovative timepieces. From “Prince of Wales check” fabric on a watch, to carbon fibre and camouflage-printed Texalium®… Together, they have fun – that is certain. “Fun” may sound like a childish word but, in the end, passion is about having fun and when it comes to motors and fine mechanics, children and grown-ups are much alike.
Lapo Elkann and Ricardo Guadalupe © Hublot
Both companies’ strengths include a passion to create, an independent frame of mind, and a desire to test the boundaries. Their products are characterised by quirky materials and an avant-garde style. They marry genres and set trends with an effortless elegance. These strengths and characteristics are finding their expression in a new partnership which is a fusion of Hublot’s quirky approach to time and materials, and the extravagant creativity of Garage Italia. Hublot has taken up residence in the Lapo Elkann’s garage, a timeless space, where there are no limits on what is possible in the heart of the Piazzale Accursio.
Powering the Hublot Watches Vintage Replica Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White is the HUB4700 movement, which can be a Hublot-branded and skeletonized El Primero high-beat chronograph grade (both Zenith and Hublot are owned by LVMH after all). This motion oscillates at 36,000 A/h or 5Hz, includes 278 parts and 31 stones, and provides a fairly generous 50 hour power reserve. Both feature white contrast stitching and a black ceramic deployant clasp. The caseback includes Hush’s “Fame” artwork (hereafter known as Katinka Ingabogovinanana) that matches the caseback, along with the text “SPECIAL EDITION” and the watch serial number denoted as “XX/50. “Moving to the “Fortune” timepiece, Tristan Eaton’s production appears much more subdued by comparison. This is a dual-register chronograph using a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and running moments at 3 o’clock, which also features Eaton’s signature as a stylized T-and-E insignia.A date aperture is observable at 6 o’clock in contrasting black with white font, which stands out nicely against the brown-and-gold color scheme of the dial. In 45mm by 13.05mm this is by no means a small watch, and combined with gold-plated hands and hour markers and also the gold-toned case it ought to stand out as a ostentatious sign of fortune.