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Hublot

Hublot: Exceptional Craftsmanship Meets Cutting Edge Design

Hublot, a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, prides itself in its ability to innovate – far beyond established codes. In fact, they are the first watch brand that combined gold and rubber in a timepiece. This cemented their reputation as the masters of the “Art of Fusion”.

Their strength is rooted in their distinct and clear identity. This luxury watch manufacturer can create timepieces that combine exceptional craftsmanship, innovation, and cutting-edge design. Perfectly blending the past and the present, they fuse traditional, modern, and pioneering materials, creating extraordinary, never-before-seen designs.

Ever-evolving, the Swiss watch manufacturer Hublot is now at the forefront of new advances in technology, reshaping the luxury watch industry.

Hublot timepieces made of seemingly opposing materials continue to define the modern Fusion collection. Aside from top-quality materials, what makes Hublot watches unique is their exceptional designs. One of the best examples is the Big Bang with a 45 mm diameter which is a favorite among watch enthusiasts worldwide.

History of Hublot Watches

Founded in Nyon, Switzerland in 1980, the company founder Carlo Crocco set the tone with his very first collection which broke new ground in the watch industry. Carlo Crocco created a timepiece that paired gold with rubber. This collection features the first-ever black natural rubber strap that will be used in watchmaking.

Fast-forward to 2004, Jean-Claude Biver became the CEO of Hublot. He then reinterpreted the brand’s DNA by relaunching the “fusion” concept of combining seemingly opposite materials, such as gold and ceramic. 

In 2005, a new collection was presented at the Baselworld show – The Big Bang. This new timepiece features a chronograph that is revolutionary both in terms of concept and design. It won the Best Design award in the Geneva Watch Festival’s “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie” competition.

In 2006, the Big Bang All Black was launched which features Hublot’s new concept of “invisible visibility”. In 2010, Hublot became the Official Watch of FIFA, the Official Timekeeper of the next two football World Cups, and the Official Watchmaker of Formula 1. 

In 2008, after almost 30 years as an independent brand, Hublot was taken over by LVMH. This gave the company the ability to manufacture its own chronograph movement with an integrated column wheel on the dial side, now known as UNICO.

In 2012, the watch brand became the watchmaking partner of Ferrari. Each year, Hublot launches one or two Ferarri special collections and is present in every Ferrari event worldwide.

Since 2012, Ricardo Guadalupe has led the company while Biver continues to serve as the chairman of the board.

FAQs

How Much Does a Hublot Watch Cost?

Hublot watches typically cost between S$6,220 and S$96,459. One of its most popular collections is the Hublot Big Bang which sells for around S$10,536 to S$96,459.

If you’re looking into a more tame collection that is more affordable than popular collections, you can consider the Classic Fusion line. This collection sells between S$6,200 and S$26,858.

One of the most expensive Hublot lines is the MP5 LaFerrari, such as the Hublot MP5 LaFerrari Titanium Yellow ref. 905.NX.0001.RX with a market average price of S$395,787.

What Are the Best Hublot Watch Models?

  • Big Bang: This is Hublot’s flagship collection. This series catapulted Hublot into becoming one of the most popular luxury watch brands in the world. Among its most recognizable features is its masculine and industrial aesthetic appeal. The Big Bang Unico 42 King ref. 441.OM.1180.RX is one of the most popular from this line that combines classic and stylish charms.
  • Classic Fusion: This collection is less eye-catching than the Big Bang. However, it is still sought after by many watch enthusiasts for its toned-down look. One of the most popular watch models from this series is the Hublot Classic Fusion 45 ref. 511.NX.7170.LR.
  • Classic Fusion Orlinski: This collection is the result of a collaboration between Hublot and French neo-pop artist Richard Orlinski. The timepieces from this series measure 40 mm in diameter with striking dials. The top model from this collection is the Classic Fusion Tourbillon 5-Days Power Reserve Orlinski. It has a manual in-house caliber HUB6021 with Sapphire crystal on the front and back.

Are Pre-Owned Hublot Watches a Good Investment?

Yes, pre-owned Hublot watches are a good investment with their uncompromising luxury and exclusivity. With their unique materials and excellent craftsmanship, pre-owned Hublot watches are selling for S$6,220 to S$96,459.

For example, a pre-owned Hublot Big Bang 45 ref. 301.SB.131.RX sells at S$11,702 on the private sales market. You can expect to pay around S$16,408 from a secondary market dealer.

Another popular model is the Hublot Classic Fusion 45 511.NX.7170.LR which sells for S$6,431 on the private sales market. Its retail price as of November 2019 was S$11,093. Selling more than half the retail price, this Hublot watch model still proves its value for your money.

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