So this Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon is the king of the Classic Fusion family. Retail price is just shy of 0,000, though the non-tourbillon Hublot Classic Fusion skeleton models (hands-on here) are considerably less. As the king, it comes in a larger 45mm wide case (that is still rather thin at around 9mm or so thick). What you see in this article are two versions of the watch. One is the Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon 45mm in titanium, and the other is in black ceramic. Both contain movements made in-house by Hublot.
The durable case is handsome, and I like the little screws on the side. It feels modern, but more traditional than the wildly angular case of the Girard-Perregaux. Having said that, you can now get a full black ceramic case for the Sea Hawk starting this year. No ceramic option here (yet). Another oddity that may change before final production is the name discrepancy on the dial versus that of the model. Gucci calls the watch the "Dive," while it says "Diver" on the dial. Yes those are similar terms, but it does add an unnecessary layer of confusion when people out there are referring to the product.
When I arrived, I was greeted by a tall, thin gentleman, with an intensity in his eyes that suggested a tremendous passion for life. I had, before I arrived, found comments around the Internet that described Thierry as a controversial man and in many ways I could see where these people were coming from.
The result is a less sporty, more elegant look that is reminiscent of Cartier or perhaps Longines. Let's have a look:
The RJ Day of the Dead watches will come in PVD black coated steel cases that are 46mm wide. These are the traditional Titanic DNA style cases with the X going through the dial into the bezel claws. On the dial are two possible Dia de los Muertos style painted skulls (apparently done by Swiss artists). The two versions are only slightly different with there being a cross on the forehead of one skull, and no cross on the forehead of the other version. I can understand that dual offering as some people are more or less desirous of religious symbolism on their timepieces or clothing.