We may not get to see Jean-Claude Biver's genial grin lighting up any more Hublot watch launches seeing as he has ascended to the highest echelons of the LVMH empire. But even without him the Hublot roadshow rolls relentlessly on. This time, for the second year running, Hublot is the official watch partner Europe's most prestigious classic car events: The Tour Auto Optic 2000.
To celebrate the 2014 event, Hublot is unveiling the Tour Auto 2014 Classic Fusion Chrono, a limited edition of just 100 numbered watches. Made from titanium - a lightweight, durable alloy resistant to corrosion - this sporty and elegant watch, which still respects traditional Haute horlogerie codes, is equipped with a HUB1143 self-winding mechanical Chronograph movement with date comprising 280 components including 59 jewels, oscillating at a frequency of 28,600 vibrations/hour and with a 42-hour power reserve.
The elegant, satin-finished black sunray dial with vertical red, white and blue stripes to echo the French flag, features two silver sunray satin finish counters, one on the left at 9 o'clock for the minutes and the other on the right at 3 o'clock for the seconds, titanium coloured baton indexes and a date window at 6 o'clock.
The look is completed with a black perforated calfskin strap sewn onto rubber with black stitching with the stripe motif in the French flag colours of red, white and blue. The watch is water resistant to 50 metres.
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