With Only watch 2019 scheduled to be held on 9th November, we at Wristreview are trying to make the most of this time to give you a taste of horological goodness that would be auctioned at the grand event to raise funds to support research on neuromuscular diseases. Today we look at the Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski For Only Watch, Hublot’s unique offering for the 8th edition of Only Watch, dressed in blue, the official color of the upcoming event.
Akin to previously released Hublot/Orlinski watches, the most striking aspect of this watch is its distinctive case geometry. Constructed from sapphire the case features multiple facets, edges, and bevels that have been inspired by the French artist’s work and has a diameter of 45mm to make its presence felt. The extensive use of sapphire lends an unparalleled level of transparency and provides enhanced resistance from scratches. Sitting on top of the case is a white gold bezel that has been set with 54 baguette-cut topazes to make this a unique and exclusive offering. The case is water-resistant to just 30 meters.
Continuing with the transparent aesthetics, the face of this watch has also been left completely transparent to give a detailed view of its complicated internals. While most of it has been removed for the wearers viewing pleasure, the dial still has applied hour numerals and an anthracite grey chapter ring with blue minute markings that makes reading the time using those sharp hands relatively easier. At 9 is a power reserve indicator and at 6 is the beating heart of this timepiece, the tourbillon. Powering this watch is Hublot’s in-house caliber HUB 6021. This is a hand-wound movement that comprises 183 components, operates at a frequency of 3 Hz and offers an impressive autonomy of 115 hours. The movement has been masterfully skeletonized to offer a comprehensive view of its intricacies from both the front as well as the back.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski For Only Watch would be accompanied by a smooth blue rubber strap that nicely complements the bezel. The watch would come packaged inside a sapphire gift box supported by a “Wild Kong” by Richard Orlinski and as an icing on the cake, the proud owner of this watch would have the opportunity to meet the man himself at his art gallery in Paris.