UK watch retailer, The Watch Gallery has recently introduced its latest limited edition partnership, this time with Hublot. Following successful TWG limited edition pieces from brands like Zenith and Bremont, replica Hublot watches has produced two limited Classic Fusion models, a chronograph and an automatic three hander. Both models will feature the TWG signature blue on their seconds hands as well as the inclusion of blue tinted case back sapphire crystals. In addition to this distinctive use of color, this is also the first time that Top Hublot Big Bang Replica Watches 4107 has produced 45mm Classic Fusion models in titanium with ceramic bezels.
Both of the TWG and Hublot models measure 45mm across and feature satin-finished titanium cases, black ceramic bezels and anti-reflective sapphire crystals up front. The three hand model is powered by the HUB1112 automatic movement, which is based on the Sellita SW300 movement and provides a date display (at three) and 42 hours of power reserve.
The chronograph is largely a similar affair, also 45mm wide in titanium and ceramic with the addition of a 30 minute chronograph. Functionality is provided by the HUB1143 automatic chronograph movement which is derived from an ETA base and a Dubois Depraz module offering 42 hours of power reserve.
While the Classic Fusion is easily my favourite line from fake Hublot watches, I much prefer the 42mm versions. The combination of titanium and ceramic should make the larger case size more wrist friendly, but no matter the materials both of these models are on the larger size of the spectrum. The TWG connection is also of some note, as they seem to understand the difficult balance one must strike when designing a limited edition model for a second brand. Unlike other cross collaborations we all try to forget, the watches made for TWG (Hublot or otherwise) are fairly reserved and generally just offer the addition of a specially coloured element, like the lovely blue middle barrel on the Bremont MBII/TWG.
Both watches have skeletonized dials with Fairey’s signature ‘Star Gear’ logo at three o’clock being the most prominent feature. The Star Gear turns as the mainspring unwinds and reveals a red dot when the movement is almost out of energy.
Complementing this at 6 o’clock is the rather unusual power reserve indicator, which consists of a turning wheel and a red aperture that shows the remaining power reserve in days. At 7 o’clock, you have the balance spring. Since we are on the topic of power reserve, now might be a good time to talk a little about the movement. The movement within is the in-house hand-wound HUB1201. It beats at 3Hz and has a power reserve of 10 days. It is also visible through the sapphire display caseback.
The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey Limited Edition watches are unique in that they have cases made out of Texalium. First seen in the Big Bang Unico Italia Independent, Texalium is a special type of carbon fiber infused with aluminum. Its unique construction allows copy Hublot watches to create carbon fiber cases of various hues and even patterns, which is exactly what they have done here. Available in two colors, the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey Limited Edition comes in blue and grey Texalium cases with tribal-like patterns in them. To complement the case, the watches will come with matching blue or grey calf leather and rubber straps with embossed designs by Fairey. The straps can be easily changed out using Hublot’s patented “one-click” strap changing system. The case has a water resistance rating of 100m.
Everyone knows Hublot loves collaborations and their latest project is the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey Limited Edition series. These two watches will be the latest additions to the company’s “perfect Hublot watches Loves Art” collection. Unless you are a big streetwear nerd, you might be scratching your head at the name Shepard Fairey. However, there’s a good chance that you have seen his work. Remember the Barack Obama “Hope” poster? That was him. He is also the founder of the OBEY streetwear clothing company.