Hublot has added two new Richard Orlinski watches to its collection, with highly polished blue and black ceramic cases showing off the artist’s famed facets to their fullest.
Orlinski, known for his faceted animal sculptures, and Hublot have worked together in ceramic before, creating a 45mm Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph in red, black, blue and green variations, but now the brand brings Orlinski’s signature style to the smaller 40mm Classic Fusion case size that has already been used for a highly polished titanium model.
Despite being marketed as women’s pieces, the 40mm case diameter means these are likely to be adopted as unisex models. Both case and dial are made of ceramic while the watch is secured on a soft rubber strap.
Hublot probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves for helping to popularise the use of ceramic in watchmaking, it certainly wasn’t the first brand to use the material (Rado fittingly first produced a tungsten carbide watch case in 1962) but it has been consistently releasing ceramic watches since the advent of its Big Bang model in 2005.
The new Replica Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski 40mm features an automatic 4Hz movement with 42 hours power reserve and is available now priced $260 USD. Artist Richard Orlinski has teamed up with Hublot to launch two special edition watches. Centering upon the all-new Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph model, the case design of both limited timepieces draw inspiration from Orlinski’s angular sculptures. One watch is crafted in titanium while the other receives a blue ceramic construction. Conclusively, both watches are sized at approximately 45-mm and feature reflective ridges as well as facets.