What do you get if you mix the Hublot Aero Bang and the Classic Fusion? The Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph (Chrono), of course. For 2013, Hublot releases this new model family in both titanium and 18k red gold that is a pleasant combination of two successful product lines. This might be the less intense modern-looking skeletonized chronograph watch that you are looking for.
Speaking of skeletonized chronograph watches, how many can you think of? Right, not too many. Six or so years ago Hublot debuted the Aero Bang version of the Big Bang that took a Big Bang case and skeletonized the dial and movement. It was a popular seller from the start and was released when skeletonized dials were all the range. To an extent they still are, and the trick to a good skeletonized watch is one that is attractive but also legible. You’ll find watches that do both to be rather rare. Hublot gets around the legibility problem (for the most part) by placing applied hour indicators and large hands on the dial. So much of the time, the hands just blend in with the exposed movement.
Speaking of movement, the Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph contains the Hublot caliber 1155 automatic movement that looks rather nice when cut up. Movements such as this seem to have been designed from the ground up to be “exposed.” Different finishes and materials help the movement elements pop out when you look through the dial. Having said that, the movement as seen through the back of the watch through the sapphire caseback window is rather standard with no skeletonization. The only unique detail on the back of the movement is the custom Hublot automatic rotor.
The calibre 1155 has a 30 minute chronograph and the date in addition to the time. It may be difficult to tell, but the date is read at the 6 o’clock position. Hublot goes heavy on the grays and metal colors in this movement. I think the idea is going for a modern industrial look – which is the case with most Hublot movements. Hublot began skeletonizing the Classic Fusion recently with the Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton (hands-on). You’ll notice there how much they take an angular and technical approach to skeletonization. Opting for a more contemporary look versus floral and Arabesque designs which other horology houses are known to engrave into their skeletonized movements.