The partnership of Hublot and Italia Independent is not new. The two companies first collaborated in 2014, and these new Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent replica watches are the third collection to be born from this union. For the uninitiated, Italia Independent is a design company based in Italy and founded by the extremely stylish but somewhat eccentric Lapo Elkann of Italy’s powerful Agnelli family. Most recently, Hublot and Italia Independent worked together to give us the Big Bang Unico Italia Independent replica watches in Texalium. Inspired by fabrics and textile, these Big Bang replica watches look distinctly different from the rest of the Big Bang stable. And now, Hublot and Italia Independent are applying the same aesthetic cues to the more elegant Classic Fusion replica watches, but this time with actual fabric.
Let’s begin with the basic recipe of these replica watches. The Classic Fusion Italia Independent replica watches are based on Hublot’s Classic Fusion Chronograph. Case size is 45mm and they will be offered in three different materials: titanium, ceramic, and King Gold. Inside, all of Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent replica watches will be powered by the calibre HUB1143, an automatic chronograph movement that beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 42 hours. Water resistance for all replica watches in this collection is a fairly decent 50 meters.
So what makes these new Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent swiss replica watches special? Just take a look at the dials and straps: they are actual fabrics chosen from renowned Italian tailors Rubinacci. Founded in the early Thirties, the style meisters at Rubinacci have dressed luminaries such as the Duke of Kent and the Agnelli family, and have a collection of more than 60,000 square meters of exquisite houndstooth, tweeds, and various other expensive cloths.
Of course, using fabrics in replica watches is not a new concept. Hublot themselves used denim in their Big Bang replica watches as early as 2013. And last year, we saw Vacheron Constantin come up with the very elegant Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection. So perhaps this new collection is further evidence that horology and couture can indeed go hand-in-hand.
And even though it comes in the familiar form of the Big Bang, it’s a design that’s a bit left-field for the brand – but oh boy, does it work. So, it was something of a surprise to see Hublot Mens Replica release their Big Bang Alarm Repeater last year, powered by their brand-new, manually wound HUB 5003 movement. As this year marks the tenth anniversary of their All Black concept, we’re anticipating seeing plenty of black-on-black Replica Hublots during the remainder of 2016, starting at Baselworld with the official release of The Big Bang Alarm Repeater All Black, executed in a 45mm microblasted black ceramic case, with a black and sapphire dial.
The upper one adjusts the GMT time in one-hour increments, while the lower turns the alarm off – a clever repurposing of the Big Bang’s distinctive pushers.
If you’re observant, you’ll have noted that the Replica watch has pushers, even though there’s no chronograph. The coolest part about the Big Bang Alarm Repeater is that you can actually see the alarm’s hammer in action, as well as hear it. It’s this interactivity of the alarm that makes it great, and is a large part of the Alarm Repeater’s appeal.
Just to the left of the alarm on/off indicator, it’s even visible in the dark thanks to stripes of luminous material. The Big Bang Alarm Repeater Replica is a decidedly contemporary take on the alarm complication, and one that demonstrates the continued versatility of the Hublot Big Bang Replica.
The Hublot Replica watch displays two timezones – home time in the large, off-centre dial, with a second, 24-hour time displayed at 11, and a day/night indicator positioned between one and two. The other dial at five displays the alarm time, and there’s also an indicator at seven to let you know whether the alarm is on or off. Speaking of dials, there’s quite a lot going on here. Aside from all this information, you get glimpses of the 356-part movement, providing some welcome contrast from the otherwise monochromatic colour scheme.
These days it’s a decidedly anachronistic complication, hence the feature is most commonly associated with historic models such as the Vulcain Cricket (named after its particularly noisy, whirring alarm) or the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox.
Before the ubiquity of the mobile phone, one of the most useful functions a Replica watch could have was an alarm.