A guide to buying your first Hublot watch
The 1980s may be remembered for the emergence of metal music, but a different kind of metal enjoyed a new dawn in watchmaking — one with much less hairspray.
After several years of research and development, Breil watchmaker Carlo Crocco launched Hublot in 1980 with a piece that combined a metal case and rubber strap for the first time in the history of horology.
Before long, the concept of teaming precious metal with a durable and comfortable natural rubber strap was frequently imitated — but rarely bettered — by Hublot’s luxury Swiss competitors.
The Big Bang Theory
This pioneering fusion of materials is truly encapsulated in the lauded brand’s flagship piece: the Big Bang. First launched in 2005, the imposing collection utilises gold, titanium, ceramic and other unusual materials with daring design features, oversized cases and cutting-edge technology. This stunning 44mm edition, for example, features a rose gold case, a carbon-effect dial and the brand’s signature porthole-style bezel (Hublot is actually French for “porthole”).
The limited-edition Big Bang Ferrari All Black, meanwhile, offers a brushed black ceramic case with Scuderia red detailing and views of Hublot’s exceptional self-winding chronograph movement through both the crystal skeleton dial and caseback. It represents one of many sporting partnerships that the esteemed brand has developed in recent years.
Fit for a King
If you are looking for something even more visually arresting than the Big Bang, the King Power collection is for you. The King Power Oceanographic 4000 Carbon is a standout piece, with a generous 48mm carbon fibre case, an oversized offset crown and the excellent HUB1401 self-winding movement. Incredibly, this piece is water resistant to 4,000m below sea level.
Fans of the beautiful game will admire the King Power Red Devil Chronograph, dedicated to Manchester Utd, and the King Power Maradona, a tribute to one of the greatest footballers of all time. The latter is limited to just 500 pieces and features both the Argentinian’s squad number and the blue and white of the Albiceleste on the dial. Saint Diego loves the King Power so much that he wore one on each wrist during the 2010 World Cup!
A Modern Classic
If the King Power is the outrageous answer to the Big Bang, then the Classic Fusion collection is its understated discerning sibling. The same integration of materials and technical audacity is present, but housed within slimmer cases with a more vintage aesthetic. The Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Titanium is an elegant example of the collection, with a svelte 45mm case, traditional leather strap, and an indicator at the 7 o’clock position displaying its impressive 90-hour power reserve.
One of The Watch Gallery’s most spectacular Hublot pieces, however, is the limited-edition Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon Titanium. Beneath the rhodium-plated sapphire dial you may view the stunning manufacture manual-winding skeleton tourbillon movement. This exquisite caliber is framed by a satin-finished titanium version of Hublot’s famous porthole bezel and complemented by a black rubber and alligator strap.