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Hands-On with the Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

Ferrari and Hublot have had one of the most successful partnerships in the grand car-watch crossover. The first watch that springs to mind is the insane LaFerrari, but that might not be the case for much longer; say hello to the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT.

First off, calling this thing a Classic Fusion feels disingenuous. It’s nothing like the same thing. Sure, from front-on there are some similar lines, but closer up every big, sharp edge of the case, every bold facet has been smoothed out and curved like the bodywork of a supercar.

Secondly, it has Hublot’s in-house Unico movement, something that a lot of the other Classic Fusion models omit. That movement is Hublot’s pride and joy, horologically speaking, so it fits the partnership nicely. It’s actually a lovely chronograph to use; the stop / start pusher needs little to no pressure for quick use and the reset is pleasantly clunky, like it should be.

On the wrist it’s possibly the most wearable Hublot of the lot. It has a slimmer profile, comfortable lugs and is surprisingly light. The case is available in three finishes: King gold (rose gold with bells and whistles), titanium and 3D carbon with an odd cross-hatched pattern.

Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT Titanium

Of the three my personal favourite is the titanium. Part of that is the sheer lightness, but I find the combination of that unique grey hue and the flashes of red on the chronograph pusher and the hands seriously cool. There’s a bit more red on the carbon version but I’m not the biggest fan of the patterning on it. It’s a shame really, the high-tech material is otherwise perfect for the watch. Personal tastes can ruin anything.

Other than the bodywork-esque shape, there are only a couple subtle nods to Ferrari. The first is on the screw-down crown, the white horse against black. The second is on the rotor at on the reverse, visible through the exhibition case back.

Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT 3D Carbon

This signals a change in gear for the Ferrari collaboration. Rather than some outrageous, mechanically-mental showcase, these are far more accessible. They’re still limited (1,000 for the titanium, 500 each for King gold and 3D Carbon) but they’re far more wearable. If ever I were to own an Hublot, it would not be one of these babies.

Price & Specs:

          • Model Name: Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT
            Ref: 526.NX.0124.VR (titanium),  526.OX.0124.VR (King Gold), 526.QB.0124.VR (3D Carbon)
          • Case: 45mm diameter x 13.15mm thickness, microblasted titanium, 18K King Gold or Carbon 3D Fiber
            • Movement: Calibre HUB1280, UNICO Manufacture, self-winding chronograph, flyback movement with column wheel
              Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 A/h)
            • Power Reserve: 72h
              Water Resistance: 100m (10 bar)
            • Price & Availability: £18,200 for titanium (limited to 1000 pieces), £32,100 for King Gold and £22,600 for 3D Carbon (limited to 500 pieces each)

For more information visit Hublot’s website.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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