[dropcap size=small]G[/dropcap]enerally speaking, two types of entities dominate a man’s collection of accessories: watches and leather goods. Which is why we think Hublot has hit a major home run with the latest addition to its Classic Fusion series, a collection characterised by unusual mixes of materials.
Following recent models featuring dials and straps made from denim and embroidered silk, the Classic Fusion Berluti gets dressed up in the distinctive patinated skins of the eponymous renowned shoemaker (and Hublot’s fellow LVMH-owned brand).
Two variants, both powered by the automatic HUB1100 movement, are available: a 250-piece brown edition and a 500-piece all-black version, both of which feature the use of Berluti’s signature Venezia leather. This leather is tanned using a proprietary process, and is key to creating patinas of exceptional translucence and depth.
While all-black designs are always a hit with Hublot enthusiasts, we think the qualities of the patina are better displayed in the brown Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto, which gets its name from the Venezia Scritto leather straps engraved with writing inspired by 18th-century calligraphy. The dial of the watch is covered in tobacco-brown leather with embossed indexes, and this warm palette is complemented by Hublot’s reddish King Gold.
In this case, we must confess that we are total suckers for the packaging as well. Each model comes in a beautiful Berluti leathercovered box containing a watch pouch and leather-care implements – all the better for giving your watch straps and shoes some tender loving care at the same time.