Hublot announced its latest collaboration and timepiece, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle—the brand’s first concrete timepiece—as a tribute to New York City co-designed by visionary street artist and former New Yorker, Tristan Eaton. In celebration of the partnership, Managing Director of Hublot of America, Jean-François Sberro, hosted a three-part event in downtown Manhattan with the artist to reveal the new watch.
The event also served as occasion to unveil the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition Concrete Jungle. Hublot wanted to create a piece that was a tribute to New York City and found that “Concrete Jungle” would be a fitting name; both the nickname for the city, as well as naming an actual material component of the watch.
In following the brand’s mission to “Be First, Be Different, Be Unique,” the latest style will incorporate real elements of concrete in the bezel. The watch’s case back features Eaton’s signature collage technique that creates a colorful motif of the Statue of Liberty, named Liberty (2016).
The subject was first explored in Eaton’s original piece, Liberty, painted in September of 2012 at the corner of Mulberry Street and Canal Street in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood. Liberty serves as a perfect example of how Eaton’s works incorporate the “Art of Fusion,” an important aspect to Hublot’s brand identity.
The “Concrete Jungle” Classic Fusion Aerofusion timepiece is limited to 50 pieces, available for purchase at Hublot New York boutiques on Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue for $19,500.
Model: Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition Concrete Jungle
Microblasted black ceramic
Bezel: Concrete and epoxy resin
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Black PVD Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Microblasted black ceramic with HUBLOT logo
Pushers: Microblasted black ceramic
Case back: Microblasted black ceramic engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” image + “N°XX/50
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + logo “NYC16”
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.40 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Sapphire dial with NYC logo printed at 3’00; Microblasted rhodium-plated appliques
Hands: Microblasted rhodium-plated hands
Caliber Hublot HUB1155 Self-winding skeleton chronograph
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 7.10 mm
Date: Window at 6 o’clock
No of Components: 207
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours
Strap 1: Black rubber and black synthetic textile with black stitching
Strap 2: Black rubber and grey calf with grey stitching
Buckle: Microblasted ceramic and black PVD Stainless steel deployant buckle clasp