13 October, 2018

Hublot – You Don’t Have to Follow The Rules

Compared to other watchmakers, Hublot can be considered in their infancy. However, they are already rubbing shoulders with the established players such as Rolex, Patek, Vacheron, IWC and more.

How? Hublot is no stranger to defying convention.

Ever since their infamous debut at the 1980 Baselworld Watch Fair, they have continued to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity with some eye-catching pieces - or in this case, strap.

Carlo Crocco - The Visionary

Deciding to debut their first timepiece, The Gold Hublot, at the 1980 BaselWorld Fair was a huge challenge. Don't forget, this event is seen by the watchmaking industry and is itself a fantastic tool to gain attention.

You can read our guide here: Baselworld 2018: What Happens at the Biggest Watchmaking and Jewellery Event?

Leading up to the event, gave Carlo Crocco, the founder, an intriguing idea. At the time, it was common for watches to have a leather or reptile skin strap. Crocco believed he needed something stronger and spent 3 years and $1m developing an innovative new rubber strap for the Gold Hublot.

The goal was to create a strap which didn’t crack or stain. The solution was combining steel and rubber. This offered the right strength and comfort.

Watch purists pointed out this design in outrage and denounced it almost immediately. However, the ingenuity of the watch made it a standout. Despite the outcry, the watch caught the attention of the King of Greece, Sweden, Spain and The Prince of Monaco.

Now that Hublot was making a name for themselves, their designs started to explore the idea of fusion.

The Art of Fusion

Fusion was the brainchild of Jean-Claude Biver, the Hublot CEO at the time. This dynamic approach to watchmaking entertained the idea of combining different things from pure gold to magnesium!

The end results? Visually stunning timepieces and all new watch collections.

Hublot Collections

Hublot's watch collections illustrate the philosophy of the Art of Fusion, innovation and their willingness to explore the new and bold. Here are some of their most notable collections.

Big Bang

One of Hublot's most famous collections. The name is apt because it caused a big bang when it debuted in 2005. Sporting a big bezel, it quickly became popular and inspired special edition pieces and also sub-collections.

Classic Fusion

Carrying the philosophy of the Art of Fusion, 2008 saw the introduction of this new collection which contains influences from Hublot's first-ever watch, the Gold Hublot.

MP Collection

This collection really illustrates Hublot's creativity. These timepieces are made by a team of around 30 developers and engineers who create grand complications and unique movements.

Trivia - Hublot created their first in-house movement in 2010, it was a chronograph movement.  

Hublot started an exclusive partnership with Ferrari which resulted in the MP-05 LaFerrari. There were only 50 timepieces made and were priced at £200,000. They sold out very, very quickly.

Take a look at the Video which advertises the MP-05 LaFerrari courtesy of Hublot.

Hublot Today

Today, Hublot is one of the most dynamic watchmakers out there. They collaborate with a host of celebrities such as Floyd Mayweather Jr, Usain Bolt, Dwayne Wade, Pele and more.

These collaborations also extend to major events as Hublot are now the official watch of The World Poker Tour, Formula 1 and the FIFA World Cup.

Final Words

Even though Hublot does not boast the history and heritage of other watchmakers, they are still creating their own legacy which is guided by their philosophy of the Art of Fusion.

Hublot ran a campaign called 'Hublot Loves Art' and teamed up with Hush & Tristan Eaton to launch a Fame vs Fortune timepiece. This limited edition represented the East and West Coast of the USA.

Hush represented the West Coast where Hollywood has a major presence and Tristan represented the East Coast where financial districts such as New York have seen various fortunes made. 

Now owned by LMVH, for a reported CHF 500m, Hublot joined Tag Heuer in their luxury watch division.

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