- Distinctive design
- Innovative materials such as the gold/ceramic alloy Magic Gold
- In-house calibers like the HUB6016 with a tourbillon
- A relatively young watch company
- Cooperation with Ferrari on the MP-05
An Exclusive Mix: Which Models are Available?
Hublot produces luxury watches with their own unique, personalized style and in-house calibers. The Swiss manufacturer was founded in 1980, making it relatively young in comparison to other watch brands. Their designs range from modern to futuristic
. "Hublot" is the French word for "porthole." These ship windows have served as a design inspiration for the company from the beginning. The Royal Oak
from Audemars Piguet caused a stir in 1972 when they released a watch with a similar porthole design.
Hublot does have watches with stainless steel cases, but they differentiate themselves from other brands with the special case materials they use. For example, Hublot offers watches with their special alloy mix of yellow gold and ceramic, Magic Gold.
Most notably, their Big Bang
model achieved cult status in a short amount of time. By Hublot standards, the Classic Fusion
series is somewhat simpler, while the MP collection looks like it belongs in a science fiction film. The Spirit of Big Bang
series distinguishes itself by its watches with tonneau cases.
How Much Does a Hublot Watch Cost?
Are you looking for a Swiss luxury watch with a design off the beaten path? A watch from Hublot is what you've been searching for. Not only do Hublot watches have unique designs, but they are also status symbols; fans and experts will recognize a Hublot at first glance.
Hublot Watches for Less Than 10,000 Euros
You should be prepared to pay around 1,500 euros
for a new, entry-level Hublot. These Hublots are usually older quartz models no longer in production. Most models in the current collections cost much more than 1,500 euros. A quartz-powered Classic Fusion
costs around 4,000 euros, and the automatic version costs 5,000 euros. The chronograph
version of the Classic Fusion costs even more, 7,000 euros. The Classic Fusion is a watch that appeals to those looking for a Hublot with a rather reserved design. The most well-known Hublot series, the Big Bang
, starts at 8,000 euros
new. The case is made of either stainless steel or ceramic.
Gold, Ceramic, and Diamond Hublot Models for More Than 10,000 Euros
The price for a Big Bang with a gold case starts at 15,000 euros. Gold or ceramic are the standard materials for new Big Bangs that cost around 20,000 euros. If you want a more elegant look with diamonds, you should set aside around 40,000 euros. Ceramic or carbon watches with complications like a perpetual calendar also cost around that price. The top Big Bang models with a tourbillon
cost over 100,000 euros.
The MP-05s are even more expensive: There is little difference in price between a nice Ferrari Maranello and an MP-05. An MP-05 costs over 200,000 euros; with a sapphire glass case, it costs over 400,000 euros.
If you're considering buying a Hublot Big Bang, then you may also be interested in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Its Offshore
versions have similar cases to the Big Bang.
Hublot Watch Models
- Big Bang - the most well-known Hublot series
- Classic Fusion - a simple design
- Spirit of Big Bang - tonneau cases
- MP Collection - futuristic look, extremely long power reserves
A Watch with a Bang: The Big Bang
Hublot offers more than 50 different models in its flagship Big Bang collection alone. The watches in the series tend to be a bit bulky, and therefore slightly heavier. Most of the watches feature sapphire glass on both sides of their cases, which provides a glimpse of the elaborately decorated movement within. The Big Bang Unico series offers a large selection of watches with 45-mm diameter cases.
The Unico's movement is the result of four years of development and consists of 330 individual hand-assembled pieces. Furthermore, it was designed so that a variety of complications could be added. For example, certain Unico models can be fitted with a flyback chronograph
or a GMT function. For lovers of more intricate movements, the HUB6016 has a tourbillon and 5-day power reserve
Hublot uses a special material called King Gold
for some of the Big Bang Unico cases. It's made of 18-karat red gold mixed with platinum and a high percentage of copper. The alloy doesn't oxidize and is characterized by its intense red color, which stays vibrant for years. In-house gold alloys are currently popular in the world of luxury watchmaking: Omega
created and uses its own Sedna gold in many models, another red gold mixture.
Harder Than Steel and Gold
Hublot is also venturing into uncharted territory with their Magic Gold. Unlike other gold alloys that are made by adding other metals, Magic Gold is a mixture of ceramic and liquid gold. The result is the first scratch-resistant 18-karat gold alloy in the world. Hardness is measured in Vickers hardness numbers. A usual 18-karat solid gold case is 400 Vickers. Tempered steel is 600 Vickers. Magic Gold, on the other hand, is almost 1,000 Vickers. The gold/ceramic mix is so strong that a diamond is needed to work it.
As its name suggests, the Unico Titanium has a 45-mm titanium case. Metal isn't your only option, however: Carbon fibers are used for the case and bezel of the Big Bang Unico Carbon. For the Unico Black Magic, Hublot uses yet another modern material, black ceramic, which is particularly scratch resistant. There are also watches in the series which feature a combination of these materials - for example, a case made of King Gold or titanium with a ceramic band. The diamond-set versions are especially eye-catching: Multiple Big Bang versions are adorned with some 350 1.18-karat diamonds on both the bezel and dial. The Jeans model brings a more casual look to the table with its blue jean dial and its strap made of both rubber and blue jean with gray stitching.
The 41-mm models of the Big Bang's Pop Art and Tutti Frutti series feature colorful designs with pink, turquoise, and orange hues. The smallest Big Bang watches, the 38 MM series, have three hands, a 38-mm case diameter, and were designed with women in mind.
Seven-Week Power Reserve
If you think the Big Bang's design is unique, the MP collection goes even further. It's perfect for the eccentric watch lover, and the MP-05 watch looks like something straight out of a secret project in a laboratory. The case is pear-shaped, measures 46 mm in diameter, and is available in either titanium or polished sapphire crystal. Instead of hands, the MP-05 utilizes multiple cylinders with numbers on them. The power reserve indicator is located on the right, while the hours and minutes are on the left. The seconds display is located below them, and the manual winding caliber with its vertical tourbillon is visible in the middle. The true eye-catching part of this watch, however, is its 11 barrels – most watches only have one or two barrels. The number of barrels in a timepiece is closely tied to how long the power reserve is. Thus, the MP-05 can run for 50 days before it needs to be rewound, an impressive feat for a wristwatch.
|Big Bang 44 MM
|Big Bang Unico 45 MM
|Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days
|Classic Fusion Power Reserve 45 MM
A Collaboration with Ferrari
Hublot collaborated with the well-known Italian sports car company Ferrari for the development of the MP-05, earning the watch its second name, LaFerrari, and inspiring its motor-like design. Winding the watch is also reminiscent of car racing: Unlike most watches, the crown does not need to be wound in order to recharge the barrel. Instead, a self-winding pistol that resembles the tools used for changing tires in the pit lane during car races is included with purchase and used to wind the watch.
The Head of Formula 1 for Hublot
This watch manufacturer has connections to car racing that go beyond just Ferrari. Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive of Formula 1, always sports a Hublot. He was once violently mugged for one of the watches in his collection: Four men attacked him, beat him severely, and ran off with the timepiece. Shortly thereafter, Hublot and Ecclestone collaborated on a strange advertising campaign. The advertisement featured Ecclestone with his bruised face and the tagline, “See what people will do for a Hublot.”
Simple: The Classic Fusion
The Classic Fusion series offers a more conventional design when compared to the MP series. The models with diameters of 45, 42, 38, and 33 mm have three hands with center seconds and a date display. By Hublot standards, these variants on the Classic Fusion are downright purist
. Its distinguishing element is its bezel, held in place by six decorative screws. Other versions include a chronograph caliber, moon phase indicator, or power reserve indicator. The Ultra-Thin models feature the same case as the Classic Fusion models, but are extra flat. The caliber HUB1300.4 has a power reserve of 90 hours and a second subdial at the seven o’clock position – quite an unusual placement in a watch. An alternative to the Classic Fusion is the Bulgari Diagono
The Alternatives: King Power and Spirit of Big Bang
Hublot reached deep into their treasure chest for the King Power Unico White Pavé. The 48-mm titanium case and bezel have enough space for more than 400 diamonds. Design-wise, the King Power collection doesn't diverge too far from the Big Bang. In addition to titanium, ceramic and King Gold are two other case materials used in this series.
The Spirit of Big Bang collection also uses these materials and can be considered a tonneau offshoot of the Big Bang series. The Spirit model is powered by the caliber HUB4700, an automatic chronograph movement with a power reserve of 50 hours. The watch is skeletonized, meaning its movement is visible underneath the dial.
Hublot produces its watches in Nyon, a city near Geneva. Italian Carlo Crocco
founded the company in 1980 and introduced the first ever wristwatch with a natural rubber band at the watch trade show Baselworld. However, Crocco had been developing watches long before that: His first watch was designed back in 1967. In 2004, Jean-Claude Biver left Omega and became the CEO of Hublot. One year later, Hublot was the recipient of countless awards from the watchmaking industry for their then-new series, the Big Bang. In 2008, the luxury goods concern LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE bought Hublot from Carlo Crocco. TAG Heuer
also belongs to LVMH.