Among the most sought after Swiss watches, Hublot stands tall. The company was founded in 1980 by a man named Carlos Crocco. Hublot was part of the Binda Group and left it in 1976 to venture on his own. After moving to Switzerland, he started a new watch company and named it Hublot after the French word meaning porthole. Hublot holds the credit for coming up with a watch with the first natural rubber strap. Though the model failed to click at that time, today it has become the most successful one commercially. Over the years, Hublot has grown in size and also achieved several international awards for its designs and elegance. In 2008, Hublot was taken over by the LVMH Group, which owns the TAG Heuer watches. As of today, Hublot’s presence is across the world through 50 boutiques along with a mono brand store in Paris followed by a flagship store in London. Hublot is currently in the process of making the world’s most expensive watch known as ‘$5 million’.
It takes precision and expertise to come up with the perfect Swiss watch, and Hublot has always strived to deliver this to perfection. There are few special reasons why Hublot is considered ahead of its contemporaries. Apparently Hublot has an after-sales service watchmaker who does the repairing and renovation of watches; Hublot specializes in using a professional casing watchmaker whose sole responsibility is to place the movements in watch cases. And, there is a separate beveller who gives an impeccable finish to the watch edges. Added to that, a lot of craft goes into the making of the watches, such as UNICO Flyback Chronograph, the Aerofusion Chronograph, the Cathedral Minute-Repeater, the Monopusher Chronograph, the GMT Tourbillon, Vendome Tourbillon, Minute-Repeater Tourbillon and others. Most Hublot watches are made with carbon, ceramic, king gold, magic gold, titanium and other premium materials.
Watches from Hublot stand apart for their unique composition and the top quality making. Here are some of the most unique and interesting Hublot watches.
King Power Usain Bolt 45 mm. This Hublot special masterpiece comprises of micro-blasted black ceramic case, and the strap is made in the same gold coloured synthetic leather that is used in Usain Bolt’s shoes. The King Power deploys a buckle clasp with a titanium black PVD and micro-blasted black ceramic. The movement is HUB4100 self-winding chronograph movement and the bezel lug is made of black composite resin. The dial is made of matte black and satin finished black. The dial is filled with nickel plated appliqués with black luminescent. The hands are black nickel plated with satin finish and black luminescent. The crystal of this watch is made of sapphire with anti-reflective treatment. The bezel is made of six H-shaped black PVD titanium screws along with black rubber and micro-blasted black ceramic.
Big Bang Fluo Blue. This is one of those Hublot watches that caters to people who want to appear trendy. The case is made of polished black PVD stainless steel set. It is embedded with 198 black diamonds, which total to about 1.12 carats. The bezel is fitted with 36 brilliantly cut blue sapphires and it is polished with black plate. The bezel is fitted with six black titanium screws, H-shaped. The bezel lug is made of black composite resin and the movement is HUB4300 self-winding chronograph movement. The crystal is special, as it has the Hublot logo printed on the inner side and it is a sapphire with anti-reflective treatment. The strap is a shiny python strap with black shiny and rubber stitched with blue. The deployant is stainless steel with buckle clasp.
Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie One Million 45mm. This is considered to a rare and special Hublot watch and no other brand can provide the same finish and appearance. The case is polished with 18k white gold. There are 332 baguette diamonds amounting to 17.39 carats. This Hublot watch comprises of an 18k white gold dial and this again has 62 baguette diamonds for 2.31 carats. The crystal is standard sapphire with anti-reflective treatment. Coming to the bezel, it also is polished with 18k white gold and this is set with 120 baguette diamonds equaling 5.77 carats and fitted with help of 6 H-shaped screws. The bezel lug is actually rhodium-plated 18k white gold. This follows the HUB6010.H1.1 manufacture manual-winding skeleton tourbillion movement. Last but not the least, the strap is made of a bracelet which has 18k white gold and along with it is 791 baguette diamonds for about 39.59 carats.
Over the years, Hublot has become not just the most sought-after watch brand, but also has spread its wings into audio technology (Hublot loudspeakers), bikes and Hublot sledges. Many celebrities, such as Dwayne Wade, Usain Bolt and Kobe Bryant, have become Hublot brand ambassadors.