After the success of the King Power "Arturo Fuente" unveiled in 2012, Hublot celebrated on 2nd December the international launch of the ForbiddenX watch in Dubai. Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and Carlos Fuente Jr, grandson of the cigar factory's founder, made the journey especially for this occasion, accompanied by Marco Tedeschi who represents Hublot in the Middle East.

The exclusive event brought together Dubai's greatest cigar connoisseurs and major watch collectors at the One&Only The Palm hotel, where the ambiance of the famous Château de la Fuente was recreated for the occasion.

 

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The three chronograph models and the tourbillon version. © Hublot

"Arturo Fuente ForbiddenX" watches feature real tobacco leaves in their dial. These leaves were sent from the Fuente Estate in Santo Domingo to the Hublot Manufacture in Switzerland so that the engineers could insert them in the dials via a high-tech process where epoxy resin is used to make them stable and rigid.

Measuring 45mm in diameter, "Arturo Fuente ForbiddenX" watches are available in a choice of 4 different versions: a titanium version, a black ceramic version, a King Gold version - all of them housing the automatic mechanical chronograph movement HUB 1143 - and a luxury tourbillon version, available in an exclusive run of just 30 numbered pieces. The tourbillon cage of the HUB6011 Manufacture movement, with its 155 components and 5-day power reserve, can been glimpsed through the tobacco leaf which forms the dial. The ensemble is complemented by a tone-on-tone tobacco-coloured calfskin strap, featuring the exclusive ForbiddenX symbol.

The watches are delivered in a display case, a veritable wooden "humidor" cigar box, specially developed by Hublot.

 

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The Back of the watch. © Hublot