To mark the 8th edition of Only Watch, the manufacture Hublot has created a unique piece in the charity’s colours, the Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski Only Watch; a work of art for the wrist, the sale of which will benefit research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sculpted into the sapphire – one of the most difficult materials to machine – are the signature edges, bevels and facets of the artist Richard Orlinski. Overcoming this obstacle provides children affected by this degenerative neuromuscular disease with a message full with hope: you can go beyond your dreams, as long as you make every effort to achieve them. The auction will take place on 9 November 2019 in Geneva.
We have been a partner of this esteemed event organised by Only Watch since 2005. Each edition provides us with the opportunity to be more inventive and creative in support of the fight against this rare disorder affecting children. The concept of a unique piece, reminiscent of an objet d’art, means it was only natural for us to partner with sculptor Richard Orlinski this year. We are delighted and extremely proud to contribute to advances in research. – Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of HUBLOT
A partner of the biennial auction from the outset, Hublot has redesigned the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski for Only Watch and signed its sapphire as a “Unique piece”. The white gold bezel, set with 54 baguette-cut topazes, echoes the facets of the 45 mm case. Entirely transparent, it reveals an openworked architecture – a second nod to the work of the French sculptor – showcasing the gears, tourbillon cage and power reserve. A stylised skeleton calibre merges into the transparent, rubber strap in the colours of Only Watch. It will be delivered in a sapphire gift box, supported by the famous “Wild Kong” by Richard Orlinski. The proud owner will have the opportunity to meet with Richard Orlinski at his art gallery in Paris, a place dedicated entirely to his work.
This timepiece will tour the world – Monaco, Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei – before reaching Geneva for the auction hosted by Christie’s, under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, at the rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues on Saturday 9 November 2019 at 2pm. All the proceeds will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy to support medical and scientific research into neuromuscular diseases in general, focussing specifically on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Founded in Switzerland in 1980, HUBLOT is defined by its innovative concept, which began with the highly original combination of gold and rubber. This “Art of Fusion” stems from the imagination of its visionary Chairman, Jean-Claude Biver, and has been driven forward by CEO Ricardo Guadalupe since 2012.
The release of the iconic, multi-award-winning Big Bang in 2005 paved the way for new flagship collections (Classic Fusion, Spirit of Big Bang), with complications ranging from the simple to the highly sophisticated, establishing the extraordinary DNA of the Swiss watchmaking house and ensuring its impressive growth.
Keen to preserve its traditional and cutting-edge expertise, and guided by its philosophy to “Be First, Different and Unique”, the Swiss watchmaker is consistently ahead of the curve, through its innovations in materials (scratch-resistant Magic Gold, ceramics in vibrant colours, sapphire), and the creation of Manufacture movements (Unico, Meca-10, Tourbillon).
HUBLOT is fully committed to creating a Haute Horlogerie brand with a visionary future: a future which is fused with the key events and brands of our times (FIFA World CupTM, UEFA Champions LeagueTM, UEFA EUROTM and Ferrari) and the finest ambassadors our era has to offer (Kylian Mbappé, Usain Bolt, Pelé).
Discover the HUBLOT universe at our network of boutiques located in key cities across the globe: Geneva, Paris, London, New York, Hong Kong, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore, and at HUBLOT.com
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski Only Watch technical Specifications
505.JX.6949.RT.OWM19, Unique piece
Polished sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30m)
Polished sapphire crystal engraved “UNIQUE PIECE”
Polished 18K white Gold set with 54 baguette-cut Topazes blue
6 H-shaped polished Titanium Screws
DIAL & HANDS
Matte anthracite grey color skeleton
Polished faceted rhodium-plated indexes and hands
HUB6021: Manufacture manual-winding power reserve skeleton tourbillon movement
Frequency: 3Hz (21’600 A/h)
Power reserve: Approx. 115 Hours
No. of Components: 183
STRAP & BUCKLE
Transparent smooth blue rubber strap
The price will be defined during the auction on November 9th