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The history of Hublot dates back to 1980 but in lots of ways, the story didn't really begin until 2005, when the brand unveiled the game-changing Big Bang. The Big Bang is the heart and soul of Hublot, and its bold looks, large size and radical fusion of unconventional materials defined a new generation of masculine timepieces. Discover more about the bold watches of Hublot at Time+Tide.

HANDS-ON: An exercise in harmony and contrast – the Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey in King Gold

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If you look at watches on a regular basis (we’re guessing you do), it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of ever-escalating novelties that defines the industry – because let’s forget, for all the talk of savoir-faire and timelessness, this is an industry. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing what creativity and innovation can be packed in a 45mm case, but it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a watch doesn’t need to have a brand new in-house movement, multiple tourbillons laid out in the shape of a swan or a dial crafted from the tears of a fallen angel to be a beautiful, lustworthy object. …a watch doesn’t need to have a brand new in-house movement, multiple tourbillons laid out in the shape of a swan or a dial crafted from the tears of a fallen angel to be a beautiful, lustworthy object. Take, for example, Hublot’s Classic Fusion Racing Grey. The only thing that’s new about this collection, offered in titanium and King Gold, is the new grey dial. On the scale of things it’s a subtle and smart tweak – warmer than black and less bold than blue, but the result, as you… Read More

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EVENT: Aussies do it blacker, celebrating 10 years of Hublot All Black watches in Sydney

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‘Black’ is a term that has come to denote the best in luxury. Anyone who has either accidentally, and I’m looking at myself here, or intentionally ordered an Uber Black knows that to be true. Hublot’s All Black event, to mark 10 years since the first All Black model was released, and showcasing all the ensuing models in a glistening volcanic rock display centrepiece, did not challenge the modern logic that when it comes to luxury, and to taxis, black is better than platinum. Hublot has never done things by halves. When the brand chooses ambassadors, they choose the fittest, the fastest (of all time) and the foxiest (hello Bar, if you’re reading). When they present at Baselworld, it’s in a towering booth with eye-popping visuals cascading down every surface, crafty watch podiums that seem unprotected until you try swiping one, and a seemingly endless supply of Chairman Mr Biver’s homemade cheese inside. The same pattern holds for Hublot events, which in recent history have included a sunny day on Sydney Harbour, with the same Mr Biver and our very own Michael Clarke and an intimate night with one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world. As an opener, let’s just… Read More

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GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Smoke and mirrors – the Hublot Big Bang All Black Sapphire

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Ten years ago Hublot pioneered the black-on-black-on-black look in watches. Sure, it made it hard to read the time, but when your watch looked that cool who could care? They called it (appropriately enough) ‘All Black’ and this year they’ve released a number of special limited editions to celebrate. The standout is this not-so-stealthy Big Bang. Instead of PVD or black ceramic, Hublot has created a Dark Crystal Big Bang out of black sapphire, creating a blacked-out watch that’s surprisingly lively on the wrist, full of mirror-like reflections and smoky finishes. Just don’t expect it to fly under the radar. Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Sapphire Australian pricing and availability The Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Sapphire, limited to 500 pieces, $81,300.

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HANDS-ON: An exercise in harmony and contrast – the Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey in King Gold

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If you look at watches on a regular basis (we’re guessing you do), it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of ever-escalating novelties that defines the industry – because let’s forget, for all the talk of savoir-faire and timelessness, this is an industry. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing what creativity and innovation can be packed in a 45mm case, but it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a watch doesn’t need to have a brand new in-house movement, multiple tourbillons laid out in the shape of a swan or a dial crafted from the tears of a fallen angel to be a beautiful, lustworthy object. …a watch doesn’t need to have a brand new in-house movement, multiple tourbillons laid out in the shape of a swan or a dial crafted from the tears of a fallen angel to be a beautiful, lustworthy object. Take, for example, Hublot’s Classic Fusion Racing Grey. The only thing that’s new about this collection, offered in titanium and King Gold, is the new grey dial. On the scale of things it’s a subtle and smart tweak – warmer than black and less bold than blue, but the result, as you… Read More

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VIDEO: The CEO of Ferrari Australasia drives into our office (literally) to talk Hublot and the 488 Spider

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We’re no stranger to Hublot’s partnership with the Ferrari, and we’ve managed to get pretty close to the action over the years. We’ve worn the watches, checked out the pit lanes and talked about the design inspiration. But never, ever did we expect to have a Ferrari (much less the latest $600k 488 Spider) drive into our office. But that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when the CEO of Ferrari Australasia, Herbert Appleroth, popped into the office to show off his new whip and a brace of Hublot watches.  

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VIDEO: WHY I LOVE MY WATCH with Ben Cooper, Head Chef of Chin Chin, featuring Hublot

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The story of the watch ended up being bigger than the act of me having the watch… This is perhaps the best video proof we have so far of the fact that watches can take on a depth of personal meaning to a wearer that will literally bring tears to their eyes when they’re asked about it. Even if that wearer’s one of the most hardened tequila drinkers out there… A little while ago Ben Cooper, Executive Chef of Chin Chin, Kong, Baby and Hawker Hall (phew, that’s quite a gig)  invited us to his house for a stir-fry. There’s just no way to #humblebrag that. It was unreal, everything you might hope, full of flavours, beers and feels. While we were there Ben imparted some of the secrets of getting chilli-drunk, correct wok-technique and why chefs are so into watches. Coops also introduced us to his kitchen wrist-ware of choice, the Hublot Big Bang. Today Ben goes one step further and tells us the story of how he came to be wearing it. And in the immortal words of Big Chris (Vinnie Jones) from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, “it’s emotional”.Thanks for your openness chef. Watch and as Ben would say, enjoy.

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IN-DEPTH: Is this the next evolution of Hublot? The Big Bang Meca-10

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The story in a second New movement + new look = new ball game? Hublot describe their Meccano-inspired Big Bang Meca-10 as a ‘transitional object’. It’s an interesting choice of phrase. You could take it literally and assume that Hublot are referring to the watch as a way for people who obsessed about Meccano and technical constructions when they were younger to move into some more grown up gadgets. Or you could interpret that it’s talking about a transitional object for Hublot the brand, and their design language. We are erring on the side of the latter. You see, we think the Big Bang Meca-10 is quite an important watch. With a deep new movement (that isn’t a chronograph) and a look that somehow seems even more confident and assured, we can’t help but wonder if this the start of the next chapter of Big Bang? The dial What dial? But seriously folks, it looks like Hublot forgot to include the dial when they cased up these watches. And honestly, we’re so glad they did. Because the view of the pinions, gears, wheels and springs draws you in with seemingly endless, enthralling detail. And Hublot is absolutely right; if you were the sort… Read More

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