Watches: Ferrari Monza designers help Hublot embrace its curves

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 9, 2019.

The new Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is a marked departure from the sharply angular and structural design common to most Hublot watches. Photos by Hodinkee

The Ferrari GT is available in titanium, King Gold, and a special polymer matrix composite called 3-D Carbon.

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DESIGNED in collaboration with Ferrari’s Centro Stile (the brand’s in-house design group), the new Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is a marked departure from the sharply angular and structural design common to most Hublot watches. Designed by the same people behind the jaw-dropping Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2, the Ferrari GT is curvy, a bit strange, and to my eye a rare example of successful design that overlaps elements from both cars and watches. Available in titanium, King Gold, and a special polymer matrix composite called 3-D Carbon, the Ferrari GT is 45mm wide and uses Hublot’s in-house Unico HUB1280 flyback chronograph movement.

On the wrist, it sits low, feels great and looks even better. The chronograph action is lovely, and the titanium has a muted look and a lightweight presence that is really only challenged by the more hardcore look of the 3-D Carbon model. A major departure from the standard design language of the Classic Fusion, only 2,000 examples will be produced, including 1,000 pieces of the US$22,000 (RM90,200) titanium model and 500 each of the US$27,300 3-D Carbon and US$38,800 King Gold versions. While it feels out of character to be praising one of Hublot’s Ferrari watches, I should not be all that surprised that the team behind the incredible SP2 could manage to make a great-looking Ferrari-inspired watch.

Thanks largely to the convex saucer-like case profile, the Ferrari GT wears much smaller than the sizing would suggest, with hooded lugs and an oversized screw down crown accenting smooth and flowing case edge. While certainly wild watchmaking and daring from a design aspect, I am not generally a fan of most Hublot designs, let alone anything from the Ferrari line. That said, I like the Ferrari GT a lot and it is definitely one of my favourite watches from Baselworld 2019. — Bloomberg


This article was originally published by James Stacey on Hodinkee.