Hublot has released a new ref. 504.QX.0110.LR version of its very interesting Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater replica watch, this time as a limited edition in an all carbon fiber Classic Fusion case. Minute repeaters are mechanisms that sound out the current time on demand when activating the system using a series of chimes. What separates a “good” from not-so-great minute repeater is the quality of the sound, as well as the complexity of the notes.Minute repeaters are becoming trendy again, as watch makers seek to wow luxury buyers with high-end timepieces that have functions they can see and hear.
The Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon watch doesn’t have the most legible dial in the world, but it does have an actual ring of hour markers – which you don’t always get with dials which are just the movement. When Hublot first debuted this in-house made Hublot caliber HUB 8001 movement in 2010, it came in a titanium case – which is much better for transmitting the sound of chimes. So when I learned that Hublot took the same watch and produced it in carbon fiber, I was very curious to hear how it sounded – especially given the deep resonance of their impressive “Cathedral Minute Repeater” movement. The minute repeater activator lever is “hidden” on the case as the left lateral insert. Slide it up, and you’ll “covertly” activate the minute repeater. The movement also features the time as well as a 60 second tourbillon.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon replica Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon watch uses a carbon fiber case, which adds an unique element to the minute repeater dynamic. Why? Well typical precious metals like gold or platinum are terrible for minute repeaters, because they act to absorb the sound of the chimes.
On the one end, you have a high-end tourbillon minute repeater movement, and on the other end, you have a sports-oriented 45mm wide carbon fiber case. I suppose that is what we can most expect from Hublot – watches that cross lines and attempt to intersect with a few interests. It is the brand which promotes “the art of fusion” after all. Limited to just 50 pieces In its modern carbon fiber case, it is difficult to predict who the type of customer for the Hublot replica watch Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon is going to be.