Initiated four years ago, the collaboration between Berluti and Hublot, both owned by LVHM, has given life to a series of original watches. Bringing together the former’s legendary Venezia leather and its patina with the latter’s art of fusion of materials, these different models have all had the Hublot Classic Fusion watch as their base. For the new timepiece, the two houses worked with Kris Van Assche, Berluti’s Creative, to design a model based for the first time on the iconic Big Bang Unico chronograph. “The Big Bang chronograph’s strong, unmistakeable and modern identity reflects Berluti’s new universe and lifestyle. The patina is our trademark, usually present in our shoes and leather goods, but all that know-how can also be used for something totally different”, said Van Assche. “Bringing the Cold Brown patina, which was inspired by an archive patina and renewed through a glaçage process to obtain a rich, cutting edge colour, to the Big Bang Unico is an opportunity for Berluti’s craft to be discovered in a new context. Using our tradition and heritage in innovative, forward thinking ways has opened up a world of possibilities”, he added.

Hublot said its engineers drew on the experience gained during previous collaborations with Berluti to be able to apply the house’s iconic Venezia leather to the Big Bang Unico’s dial. A construction encases the leather between two pieces of sapphire glass. “Thanks to a delicate process developed in collaboration with Berluti, the organic elements of the leather have been encapsulated, as if frozen in time, so as to render the living beauty of the natural hide unchanging”, said Hublot. Also, the Venezia leather in Cold Brown patina features on the watch’s bezel. The company said this achievement was possible thanks to the development of an all-new conception of the bezel, in two parts; an adhesive and rigidifying resin, the first part of the bezel (in leather and around 1mm thick) is inserted onto the second part, a lower base in black ceramic, which is then screwed onto the case of the watch. The bezel will be able to continue taking on a patina over time, like for the watch strap that is a fusion of patina leather and rubber.

Under the auspices of Kris Van Assche, Berluti has also launched a series of luxury home leather goods, in which leather has been used in a series of brass desktop accessories, such as a letter opener, wastebasket, picture frames, bowls, and sculptural vases.