20 Jun 2012

Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Men’s Chronograph 521.OX.1180.OX Review

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Written by: Cathy Tenzo


A well-dressed man is not complete without an exquisite watch, and the Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Men’s Chronograph 521.OX.1180.OX will lend its glamour and sophistication to anything you wear. This is a stunning timepiece of exquisite proportions, and it is likely to become your signature accessory.




  • 18 kt Rose gold case and bracelet
  • Black dial
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Automatic self-winding chronograph HUB 1143 movement
  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • Date display
  • List price: $48,200
Photo of the Hublot Classic Fusion Men's Chronograph 45mm 521.OX.1180.LR

A variant of the Hublot that features a black leather and rubber watch band

Hublot wins acclaim for their designs because of the bold choices they make. Their guiding principle is fusion–blending industrial elements with fine finishes for combinations that stun and surprise. The Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Men’s Chronograph 521.OX.1180.OX is no exception. Although the casing is rose gold, this watch is very masculine due to the grand proportions and the visible screws set around the bezel. The metal is brushed in a vertical pattern which draws the eye to the overallĀ  design, a pleasing combination of circles and rectangles with two chronograph dials flanking the center. The dials are so large that they almost touch, and this is another detail that keeps the watch from being too dainty. This is piece that pays attention to its visual vocabulary, and the result is something you’ll never get tired of looking at.

That’s good, because this is a luxury timepiece that costs as much as a car. Just like a car, you want its basic functions to work when you need them. The movements in Hublot watches get good reviews, and the cases are very sturdy. The sapphire crystal should stand up to a lot of wear, and the watch is water resistant to a hundred meters, so you shouldn’t have to worry if you get it a little wet. Like all metal watches, this one may be a little heavy, and the 45mm face may be a little large for some men, so you want to try this one on before you buy. If you like the basic watch but would like a little less metal, you might try the Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Men’s Chronograph 521.OX.1180.LR, which is the same watch with a black alligator and rubber band. If you like the rose gold but not the styling, you could also go for a Rolex Daytona Men’s Chronograph 116505, which has a lot more curves and a shinier finish.

Photo of Actor Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas likes Hublot watches, and has said that he’d love to wear one in his next movie.

Some critics contend that you’re just paying for the name when you a buy a luxury watch like the Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Men’s Chronograph 521.OX.1180.OX, but this is one timepiece that seems to live up to its price tag. This is a work of art that you’ll be proud to own, and proud to showcase on your wrist. Don’t let your arm get jealous.



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