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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.

VIDEO: A chef, his watch (a Hublot Big Bang) and his love of stir fry

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It gets boring waiting in lines, especially when you’re hungry. So if by chance this finds you outside Chin Chin (Australia’s top-ranked restaurant, located in Flinders Lane, Melbourne which has a wait-time of around the average romantic comedy in length), you’re in luck, because we’re going to help you kill at least two minutes. And if you watch it 45 times, you are golden, you’ll be up. Fact is, you could probably do both – start with Must Love Dogs and finish with this, because it will get you in the mood for Chin Chin’s patented blast of freshness, flavour and chilli. In the video, Chin Chin head chef Ben Cooper asks why chefs love watches so much, while giving plainspeak instructions about how to knock up a simple beef stir fry. Bon appetit!

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HANDS-ON: The appeal of Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire is crystal clear

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When Hublot released two takes on sapphire Big Bangs last year – the Unico Sapphire and the All Black version – we suspected that wouldn’t be the last we’d see of the clear case material. Lo and behold, our hunch has proved correct with the release of the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire. Compared to 2016’s white-on-white and jet black limited editions, the Magic Sapphire feels far less ghostly and much more tangible. This is largely down to the smart design. By using their ‘Black Magic’ visual style with its contrasting elements, such as the black strap and texture-heavy dial with red accents, Hublot has made the spectacular 45mm sapphire case shine. So while the specs of the Magic Sapphire are essentially the same as before, the result is a completely different watch, and one that really pops IRL. Significant wrist appeal is only part of the picture. One of the most impressive aspects of this watch is the fact Hublot can make it at volume. Though it’s a limited edition of 500, being able to produce so many cases from sapphire – a material that’s notoriously tricky to work with – is no mean feat, and one the brand is rightly… Read More

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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: A chef, his watch (a Hublot Big Bang) and his love of stir fry

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It gets boring waiting in lines, especially when you’re hungry. So if by chance this finds you outside Chin Chin (Australia’s top-ranked restaurant, located in Flinders Lane, Melbourne which has a wait-time of around the average romantic comedy in length), you’re in luck, because we’re going to help you kill at least two minutes. And if you watch it 45 times, you are golden, you’ll be up. Fact is, you could probably do both – start with Must Love Dogs and finish with this, because it will get you in the mood for Chin Chin’s patented blast of freshness, flavour and chilli. In the video, Chin Chin head chef Ben Cooper asks why chefs love watches so much, while giving plainspeak instructions about how to knock up a simple beef stir fry. Bon appetit!

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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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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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