Hublot Brand Reviews & Prices

BRAND HISTORY
Hublot was founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco, an Italian entrepreneur. The brand was famous for pairing rubber straps with porthole-shaped metal cases. The straps, made of natural rubber and which seemed to regenerate when in contact with the skin, were revolutionary for its time – it was a proprietary innovation that took three years to create, and quickly became a Hublot trademark.

In 2003, marketing extraordinaire Jean-Claude Biver met Crocco and both men hit it off instantly. Crocco was looking for someone who could take over the helm of Hublot and within a year, Biver assumed the role as CEO. 

Hublot underwent a resurgence under Biver’s charge. For a start, he crystallised the brand’s ethos of experimentation and knack for combining materials with the ‘Art of Fusion’ concept. At the same time, Biver created a new flagship collection called the Big Bang, which accentuated the distinctive porthole design, the metal case-and-rubber strap combination, as well as expressed a sporty and flamboyant personality. The Big Bang collection took off immediately, winning watchmaking accolades and sending sales figures rocketing for Hublot with a three-fold increase from the previous year.

In 2008, the luxury conglomerate, LVMH Group, acquired Hublot. Today, the brand is led by CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, who previously worked closely alongside Biver and was the general manager of the brand.

KEY WATCHES

Big Bang Unico
Launched in 2013, the Big Bang UNICO marked a turning point in Hublot’s ascent in high-end watchmaking. Anchored by the brand’s distinctive porthole-style design and rubber straps, the watch housed the HUB 1242 automatic flyback chronograph movement with column-wheel, which is significant as it is the first movement that is fully conceived and constructed in-house by Hublot.
Masterpiece MP-5 ‘La Ferrari’
One of the most complex and unusual timepieces from Hublot, the Masterpiece MP-5 ‘La Ferrari’ took the watchmaking world by storm with its unconventional design and extraordinary technical features. Its 637-part movement houses a tourbillon at the bottom and 11 linearly arranged barrels to guarantee 50 days of power reserve. Time is being displayed via rotating cylinders flanking the barrels.
Big Bang Broderie
Hublot's courtship of women, which started with its first ladies’ collection in 2008, was recognised in 2015, when it won the ‘Best Ladies Watch Award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Geneve for the Big Bang Broderie. Created in collaboration with Bischoff Textil, a traditional Swiss embroidery company, the watch features intricate needlework on the dial, bezel and rubber strap.
Classic Fusion
Launched in 2010, the Classic Fusion collection offers a refined take on Hublot’s sports-inspired aesthetic. Keeping with the porthole-shaped case and rubber straps, the Classic Fusion features a slimmer profile and less aggressive lines compared to the Big Bang – a dress watch-style alternative in Hublot’s repertoire. Pictured here is the Classic Fusion 8-Day Power Reserve.

BOUTIQUE
#L1-58, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

BRAND AMBASSADORS
Usain Bolt, Diego Maradona, Bernie Ecclestone, Manchester United


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