Contemporary style and innovative technology were at the heart of Hublot. This Swiss brand was founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco. Hublot was the first watchmaking company to combine gold and rubber in its watch brands, an idea they call The Art of Fusion—and it caused an uproar. Till then, it was inconceivable to combine two different materials to create a luxury watch. In 2004, this brand became a major player in the world of luxury watchmaking. Under his management, Hublot introduced his iconic Big Bang chronograph in 2005 and began amassing awards and records. Ever since, more collections from the company, such as Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion, and MP have broken the world records with their 50-day power reserve. Here is the list of Hublot watches you should consider.
1. Classic Fusion Ferrari GT King Gold
Hublot, the Formula 1 Official Timekeeper, began its joint venture with Ferrari in 2011, and ever since the two companies have worked together on numerous different watches with exceptional design and features. The company unveiled the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT watch, limited to 500 pieces and influenced by the spirit of “Gran Turismo”—a term that describes a category of limited edition, high-performance luxury cars.
This watch signifies another first for Hublot—the well-known UNICO manufacturing movement, consisting of 354 components, has never been integrated into a 45 mm diameter in the past.
The design of the transparent sapphire crystal dial contains Ferrari’s Prancing Horse, which appears at midnight, and is embedded in Hublot’s 18-carat, scratch-resistant King Gold. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT rubber strap was dolled up in Schedoni leather—another nod to Ferrari and its Maranello classic race cars.
2. Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire
Once again, with this striking timepiece, the company proves that the company is unrivaled when it comes to innovative technology. By fusing copper and aluminum oxide, it produced a material that is almost as tough as diamonds.
Hublot’s Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire has a 42 mm case of the toughest polished yellow sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. This watch has a 50-hour power reserve and it is operated by the company’s self-winding skeleton chronograph movement.
3. Big Bang Unico Titanium Sang Bleu II
The first Sang Bleu model was a huge commercial success and three years since its release, the company is back with Sang Bleu II, which is developed again in collaborative efforts with London-based tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi.
The revolutionary Sang Bleu II looks like a 3D sculpture made out of glass and titanium, with its angles, edges of the bezel, and the case. It has Hublot’s signature UNICO movement, and thanks to a transparent dial, you can also get a glance at it. A classic black rubber strap is included in the Sang Bleu II.
4. Big Bang MP-11 King Gold Jewellery
With 222 diamonds, the Big Bang MP-11 complements the art of watchmaking and the world of exclusive fine jewelry. The case itself is coated with 172 diamonds, while the bezel features 50 baguette-cut diamonds as well as one of Hublot’s signature design features—six H-shaped titanium screws. Its rubber strap also comes in an elegant lined pattern.
5. Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski Sapphire
Hublot has only released 30 pieces of this Classic Fusion watch produced in collaborative works with a French artist, Richard Orlinski who designed its striking faceted silhouette.
This watch has a 45 mm case made of sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. The bezel features six H-shaped titanium screws. This watch operates via a hand-winding skeleton tourbillon movement and has a power reserve of approximately 115 hours.
6. F1King Power Austin Limited Edition
Hublot, the official watch brand of F1, has announced the F1 King Power Austin as a homage to the United States Grand Prix which took place in Austin, Texas. Restricted to 250 numbered models, each piece had a satin-finished titanium case and perforated effect. This watch includes a 30-minute timer, a date window, and a power reserve of more than 40 hours; this has become one of the best motorsport fanatics watches.
7. Shawn “Jay Z” Carter Classic Fusion Watch
The company and Shawn Carter “Jay-Z” have teamed up to create two stunning 18-kilos of gold or ceramic timepieces as part of the launched Shawn Carter Collection.
This watch is 45mm wide, both on black alligator straps, and falls on the high end of the Barneys collaboration, with a yellow 18K gold luxury watch and a black ceramic edition. The company made ultra-thin HUB1300 manually wound mechanical movement inside the watch. The official logo of the Shawn Carter collection which is the starburst emblem is on the dial.
8. Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt
Hero Big Bang’s model introduces the 2016 Summer of Sport with a special model in partnership with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt. Two limitable versions are available for the Rio Olympic Games. First is the gold edition represents Bolt’s goal for the championship, and the second one is the all-black version with gold inflections to denote the Olympics’ journey.
The special piece developed for Only Watch 2017 commemorates the exceptional sprinter with some intriguing specifics: the second hand chronograph is shaped like a bolt of lightning in respect to Bolt’s nickname, while the silhouette of the man himself in his typical victory pose decorates the small second’s sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
9. Classic Fusion Only Watch Britto
Developed in partnership with Brazilian artist Romero Britto for the 2015 The Only Watch fundraising event of unique luxury watches, the graphic design has changed the face of men’s watches. This watch blends the modern pop and cubism of the artist, Romero Britto, with the age-old custom of enameling. The iconic Classic Fusion with its 45mm polished black ceramic case, black ceramic wrapping crown, and Hublot’s signature six screws on the bezel is recognizable. But this piece is not the case, it is simply the exceptional dial of the watch. The eccentric model features a bright red wrist strap and a geometrically-painted enamel print dial influenced by Britto’s painting.
Its commitment to innovation for men’s fashion is really what makes this company stand out from other luxury watchmakers. Now, if you are ready to add a Hublot watch to your watch collection, you should consider the list above.