An Exclusive History

The Hublot Classic Fusion Limited Edition has most certainly stolen the limelight at The Watch Gallery, however, it’s just the most recent in a long line of esteemed collaborations. Welcome our limited edition Hall of Fame.

Brand partnerships are by no means a new thing; for years, horological heavyweights have teamed up with artists, celebrities and sportsmen in the quest to produce the perfect watch. And here at The Watch Gallery, we’re no different. Combined efforts most certainly yield concrete results and if our past exclusives are anything to go by, we’ve crafted some pretty impressive results. You’ll be stretched to source your own from the below but in celebration of our brand new Hublot launch, read on, get inspired and get ever so slightly jealous.

1. BREMONT MARTIN BAKER MBII/TWG

As the first ever Martin Baker model to feature a sapphire crystal transparent caseback, our Bremont partnership merged classic aviation with contemporary craftsmanship. Thanks to the caseback (a nice way to ogle the MBII/TWG’s magnificent movement), another avenue of originality presented itself with a half-Faraday cage – a first for the Martin Baker model. A midnight blue case barrel gave a nod of reference to our Watch Gallery roots whilst the design was thoroughly Bremont in every regard: British to the core.

Other features included a bi-directional Roto-Click bezel operated by the crown at 4 o’clock alongside a day and date display, calf skin leather strap and an automatic chronometer movement.

  • No. Produced: 30
  • Power Reserve: 38 Hour
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Clasp: Pin & Buckle
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom

2. ZENITH EXCLUSIVE EL PRIMERO

As one of the biggest watch manufactures on the planet, our collaboration with Zenith caused many a ripple in the river. Only 10 pieces were ever manufactured and unsuprisingly, the exclusive El Primero was a runaway success thanks to expert design and the prestige of the Zenith brand. Once again, shades of Watch Gallery are present throughout: on the dial, second hand, power reserve indicator and along the luxury black alligator strap. Furthermore, our design team added another layer of vibrancy with bright purple on the wheel and blue for the lever.

An open caseback allowed wearers a sneak peek into the El Primero’s legendary movement with an engraving of 1 to 10 for reference. Exclusive in every sense of the word.

  • No. Produced: 10
  • Power Reserve: 50 Hour
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Clasp: Pin & Buckle
  • Country of Origin: Switzerland

3. BELL & ROSS BR03-51 GMT-TWG

Our exclusive collaboration with Bell & Ross was designed under a working mantra of ‘the quintessential timepiece for the modern man’ and, without meaning to brag (we would never), this timepiece more than delivered. The BR03-51 took a traditional aviation design and placed it within the context of an everyday watch; we wanted accessible subtlety that still held the brand’s heritage. And, for the long haul travellers amongst us, the watch offers a GMT function capable of simultaneously displaying the time in a different zone. Not bad, not bad at all.

  • No. Produced: 50
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 10mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Clasp: Pin & Buckle
  • Country of Origin: Switzerland

4. HUBLOT CERAMIC TITANIUM EXCLUSIVE

Our inaugural partnership with Hublot kickstarted a working relationship that met much success. Adrian Maronneau, Buying Director of DM London, described the timepiece as an attempt to “exceed customers’ expectations and deliver a product that would become an instant classic” thanks to a truly innovative partnership. An open caseback was given a blue tinted sapphire glass (again, we just love that Watch Gallery blue) alongside a polished and satin-finished titanium caseback and a simplistically slick design.

Classic, clean yet contemporary, the Ceramic Titanium Exclusive was designed “for the smart gentleman who does not require any complications on his timepiece.” Mission accomplished.

  • No. Produced: 15
  • Power Reserve: 42 Hour
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Clasp: Deployment Clasp
  • Country of Origin: Switzerland

5. HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION LIMITED EDITION

As the new kid on The Watch Gallery exclusive block, the Hublot Classic Fusion Limited Edition is our most impressive collaboration to date. Housed within a 45mm polished and satin-finished titanum case, this sizeable timepiece packs a satin-finished black ceramic bezel, rhodium-plated appliques and hands with the signature Watch Gallery blue applied to counter rings. Furthermore, the semi-matte black alligator strap on a black rubber base has our iconic blue stitching throughout. (Did you get the memo? We just really like blue).

Available at £12,500, this limited piece comes on a first come first served basis to ensure complete fairness. Shop online or get your own in-store at the Wonder Room at Selfridges London, The Watch Gallery at Westfield White City and Selfridges Manchester Exchange.

  • No. Produced: 25
  • Power Reserve: 42 Hour
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Clasp: Deployment Buckle
  • Country of Origin: Switzerland

6. HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION CERAMIC CHRONOGRAPH

We’ve collaborated with Hublot not once, not twice, but three times in the past and the Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic Chronograph was a real record-breaker. Selling out thanks to a subte design, this extraordinary timepiece held all the allure of classic Hublot territory with a touch of Watch Gallery blue. The piece featured our favourite colour on the central chronograph seconds hand as well as a unique blue tinted sapphire crystal on the open caseback: perfect for ogling an astute mechanism. Light but tough, this is the ideal sporting chronograph for the avid Swiss watch collector.

At £9,600, it’s an achievable price for a truly limited piece but you’ll be stretched to fetch your own as all are in the hands of private collectors and Hublot fans. The Watch Gallery team helped forge an incredible timepiece and as expected, plenty wanted to invest.

  • No. Produced: 15
  • Power Reserve: 42 Hour
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Clasp: Deployment Clasp
  • Country of Origin: Switzerland

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