Through an unparalleled sense of expertise and savoir faire, Hublot recreates gold crystal – one of the world’s rarest forms of precious metals, for its latest Classic Fusion Gold Crystal timepiece. The manufacture’s Research and Development department reproduced gold flakes by heating pure 24k gold to its melting point of 1,064 deg C to create emanations of gold that can be compared to steam carrying atoms of the precious metal. When these gold particles rise to the cold surface, they set in a crystalline form in random shapes which are never the same twice. Next, in a complex process performed in a vacuum to avoid air bubbles forming, the crystallised flakes are carefully arranged on the dial to create auriferous veins before they are imprisoned in 20 layers of a fine transparent lacquer which showcases them in striking contrast against the carbon black dial. The delicate and unique formation of the crystals means no two dials are alike, making this a rare and remarkable objet d’art. Available in 38mm or 45mm, this Hublot timepiece houses the HUB1112 calibre, a mechanical movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve.