Hublot Revives the Classic 1980 Porthole Watch That Put It on the Map

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While most big watch brands are celebrating 100+ years of existence, as they should, Hublot has only been around for less than half a century. Launched in 1980, the Swiss watchmaker opened with an unprecedented model, which resembled a porthole (Hublot is French for “porthole”) and used a luxury gold case material. However, onlookers were more than perturbed by the natural rubber strap paired with it — the first of its kind.

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This week at LVMH Watch Week in Singapore, Hublot revives its original model with the new Classic Fusion Original, available in three case materials — titanium, black ceramic, and yellow gold — each of which surrounds a black minimalist dial sans hour markers. Aside from Hublot branding, the dial only features three hands and a date window. Furthermore, each case style comes in three sizes: 33mm, 38mm, and 42mm. Continuing to pay tribute to its origins, the new timepiece comes equipped with a black rubber strap.

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It’s important to note that many heritage watch brands wouldn’t dare to revive their very first models, simply because the new editions would be nothing more than collector’s pieces or novelty items. Watchmaking evolves considerably from decade to decade, so a model from the early 20th century would look offputting on your wrist today. Conversely, Hublot’s 43-year-old original finds easy relevancy in the modern landscape.

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The new Classic Fusion Original watches can be purchased on Hublot’s website, with prices ranging from $6,500 to $24,100.