Italian shoemakers Berluti and Hublot have taken the Art of Fusion, and indeed the art of matching the watch with the shoe, a step further: the case features both the “Scritto” text and the patinated leather palette, signatures of the luxury shoe brand.
This model is available in titanium or bronze, paired with a Venezia Cold Brown or Cold Gold leather strap. The series will be available exclusively in Japan (Isetan, Hublot stores in Ginza, Osaka and Kyoto) and in the New York Hublot boutique from 19 June to 20 July 2019, and worldwide the next day.
Olga Berluti developed this carefully studied process of applying essential oils and pigments which give the shoes their unique character, in order to defy time and the rules of color.
The “Scritto”, also one of the hallmarks of the luxury shoe brand – refers to an eighteenth-century French letter which Olga Berluti bought at auction.
Handwritten lines of text make their mark in this collection – a labor of love crafted by hand. Encapsulating the Venezia leather – a natural material – in a water-resistant case was a feat in itself. Having done so, the next challenge was to find a way to transpose these traditions to the metal; a material with entirely different physical attributes and imbue the cases with the “soul” of Berluti.
The watch is powered by the HUB1143 automatic chronograph movement and, from the strap to the dial, revealing an array of autumnal colors in all their contrasting shades.
These watches are presented in a bespoke box containing a complete Berluti leather care set. Each version will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces.