The faceted style of artist Richard Orlinski is nothing new to Hublot watches, they’ve been collaborating since 2017 and have now designed more than 10 pieces together. The latest addition to the collection is a pair of ceramic watches in bold monochromatic colours. Christened the Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Blue Ceramic and Black Magic respectively, based on their primary colouring.
Both models feature the iconic origami-adjacent pattern of sharp bevels, facets and edges with striking angles that can be seen throughout Orlinski’s artwork, and his Hublot collabs. What makes these watches unique is this is the first time the design has appeared in ceramic, which is a material Hublot is currently obsessed with due to its lightweight and extremely durable properties. It is a note-worthy technical accomplishment because both the case and dial are made from the difficult to manufacture substance, while still remaining true to Orlinski’s vision.
Besides the updated materials, the other thing these watches bring to the table is their new colour palette. The vivid blue and glossy black work really well as strong block colours on the monochromatic pieces. The vibrancy echoes Orlinski’s art as well, especially his XXL bestiary pieces which feature bright, pop art colours, often in monochrome themselves.
When looking at these watches, the design seems so intricate and the colour so enticing that you almost feel like you could fall into them. And if you did you would see the HUB1100 self-winding movement, standard fare for Hublot with a reasonable 42-hour power reserve – definitely not the most impressive thing about this watch but that’s not a bad thing as it’s a solid mechanical base for a watch focussed on design.
The Orlinski collection is technically positioned as a collection for women, but realistically anyone can wear them. Especially because with a 40mm diameter, set on a rubber strap, both the Blue Ceramic and Black Magic might entice new fans to Hublot who have been put off in the past by their larger size, many of the flagship Big Bangs sit at an almost ridiculous 45mm. They’re a good price as well, coming in at the lower end of the Classic Fusion Orlinski range at £11,200, not the cheapest Orlinski available but less than half the cost of the top end pieces.
Price & Specs:
Model: Hublot Classic Fusion 40mm Orlinski Edition
Ref: 550.ES.5100.RX.ORL21 (Blue Ceramic), 550.CS.1800.RX.ORL21 (Black Magic)
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 11.10 mm height, polished black or blue ceramic, ceramic and sapphire crystal caseback
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: In-house HUB1100, automatic, 25 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Strap: Rubber strap with steel deployment clasp in black or blue
More details at Hublot.