It’s a beautiful thing when two things that we are passionate about come together. That’s why it’s so awesome that Hublot has teamed up Best Buddies International on a project that is both stylish and charitable. They have made a very special limited edition watch, the Hublot Classic Fusion Chrono Aero Carbon Best Buddies Limited Edition to be more precise.
There are only 100 of these carbon fiber beauties in the world, and a portion of the proceeds go to support Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It tackles these issues by creating opportunities for people with IDD in terms of community-building, employment, and leadership throughout the world. As a matter of fact, Best Buddies is the largest such organization in the world.
This new watch features the classic Keith Haring art that serves as Best Buddies’ logo on its case-back. It’s a light watch, weighing in at 113.3 grams, and is made of carbon fiber. It’s light on the wrist, and although it has a kind of sports-oriented aesthetic, this is definitely a watch you can wear when dressing up as well. It’s charcoal grey with sporty orange stitching on its rubber strap. The minute marks are in the color scheme of Keith Haring’s Best Buddies logo art—a beautiful touch. The watch boasts a carbon fiber 45 mm case, and a kind of subtle checker pattern, which is quite unique but at the same time, understated. Of course, the best feature of the watch is that proceeds of all watches sold will go to such an amazing cause as Best Buddies.
We caught a glimpse of this gorgeous special edition watch recently in Miami during the grand reopening of Hublot’s Bal Harbor store, and needless to say, it lived up to the hype. After the reopening, guests were treated to a cocktail reception and a seated dinner at the Hublot Design District location. It was a spectacular evening and it featured a special guest. Cycling hero and reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome was on hand in his capacity as Best Buddies’ newest global ambassador. This is great synergy as the Hublot Classic Fusion Chrono Aero Carbon Best Buddies Limited Edition watch was designed with the active lifestyle in mind.
Hublot is well known for its charitable initiatives. The Swiss watch company has teamed up in the past with celebrities such as Tom Brady, Masahiro Tanaka, and even Depeche Mode. The launch of the Hublot Classic Fusion Chrono Aero Carbon Best Buddies Limited Edition is just the latest effort in what has become a legacy of charity-inspired limited edition watches.
Case Classic fusion – Diameter 45mm – Carbon fiber
Bezel Carbon fiber
6 H-shaped screws in titanium and polished
Glass Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment and HUBLOT logo printed on the inner side
Crown Black ceramic, polished with HUBLOT logo
Case back Black ceramic, polished – engraved « SPECIAL EDITION 100NUM»
Case back Glass Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + “Best Buddies” logo printed
Water Resistance 5 ATM, i.e. approx. 50 metres
Dial Carbon fiber, polished rhodium-plated appliques
Hands Polished rhodium plated
Movement HUB1155 Self-winding skeleton chronograph
Date Rectangular aperture at 6 o’clock
Components 207 (Jewels: 60)
Power Reserve 42 Hours
Strap Black rubber and carbon fiber with red stitching
Clasp Black PVD stainless steel deployant buckle