Modern design and innovation lay at the core of Hublot. Case in point? The Swiss brand, which was founded in 1980 was the first one to combine gold and rubber in its timepieces—a concept they call The Art of Fusion—and caused quite a stir by doing so. Up until then, it was unthinkable to blend two materials that are so different to create a luxury watch. But the risk paid off and Hublot’s original gold-case watch (which was inspired by a boat’s pothole or “hublot” in French) with a rubber strap was an instant success.
But it wasn’t until Jean-Claude Biver—a legend in the industry—took over the brand in 2004 that Hublot really became a major player in the luxury watch-making world. Under his leadership, Hublot launched its iconic Big Bang chronograph in 2005 and started racking up awards and records. Since then there have been four more collections—Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion and MP, which broke the world record with its 50 days of power reserve for the MP-05 LaFerrari model.
Its commitment to innovation though is really what makes Hublot stand out from other luxury watchmakers. The brand created its own scratch-resistant certified 18-carat gold and in 2013, it launched bright red ceramic—a first in the world. Their latest creation is a sapphire crystal that is virtually indestructible.
Now, if you are ready to add a Hublot timepiece to your watch collection, here are the five timepieces you should consider.
Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT King Gold
Hublot, which is the “Official Timekeeper” of Formula 1, started its partnership with Ferrari in 2011 and since then the two companies have collaborated on multiple watches with unique design and features. This year, Hublot released the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT watch, limited to 500 pieces and inspired by the spirit of "Gran Turismo”—a term used to describe a category of limited-edition, high-performance luxury cars.
This watch marks another first for Hublot—the company’s famous UNICO manufacture movement that consists of 354 components has never been integrated into a 45-mm-diameter before.
The design of the transparent dial made from sapphire crystal includes Ferrari’s Prancing Horse appearing at 12 o'clock and comes enclosed in Hublot’s scratch-resistant 18-karat King Gold.
The rubber strap of the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT has been dressed in Schedoni leather—another nod to Ferrari and its Maranello vintage race cars.
To buy: $38,800, hublot.com
Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days King Gold Jewellery
Talk about an eye-catching design. Featuring 222 diamonds, the Big Bang MP-11 blends together the art of watchmaking and the world of exclusive fine jewelry. The case alone is encrusted with 172 diamonds while the bezel sports 50 baguette-cut diamonds as well as one of Hublot’s signature design elements—six H-shaped titanium screws.
The rubber strap comes in an elegant lined pattern.
To buy: $148,000, hublot.com
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II Titanium
Three years after releasing the first Sang Bleu model (which was a huge commercial success), Hublot is at it again with Sang Bleu II created again in collaboration with London-based tattoo artist extraordinaire Maxime Plescia-Büchi.
The futuristic-looking Sang Bleu II looks like a 3D sculpture created out of glass and titanium with its angles and edges that cut into the bezel and the case. It has Hublot’s signature UNICO movement and thanks to the transparent dial you can get a glimpse at it. The Sang Bleu II comes with a classic black rubber strap.
To buy: $25,200, hublot.com
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire
With this striking timepiece Hublot once again proves that when it comes to innovation, the company is unrivaled. By fusing copper and aluminum oxide, it created a material that is almost as tough as diamonds.
The Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire has a 42 mm case of the toughest polished yellow sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. The watch has a 50-hour power reserve and runs thanks to the company’s self-winding skeleton chronograph movement.
If you have your eyes on it, you may want to hurry up because there are only 100 pieces available for purchase.
To buy: $106,000, hublot.com
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Orlinski Sapphire
Hublot has released only 30 pieces of this Classic Fusion watch created in collaboration with French artist Richard Orlinski who designed its striking faceted silhouette.
The 45 mm case is crafted from polished sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. The bezel features six H-shaped titanium screws. This timepiece runs via a hand-winding skeleton tourbillon movement and has a power reserve of approximately 115 hours.
To buy: $137,000, hublot.com