A look back at Hublot’s greatest hits of 2023 A look back at Hublot’s greatest hits of 2023

A look back at Hublot’s greatest hits of 2023

Borna Bošnjak

Say what you will about Hublot’s designs, but there are few manufacturers who’ve taken it upon themselves to explore different materials the way they do. Whether they’re time-only pieces in scratch-resistant gold or multi-complication wonders decked out with sapphire bracelets, the brand is fully committed to the “art of fusion” tagline. If you need any more proof, not a single watch on this list has a steel case, which is very much the standard for modern watchmaking. Hublot also didn’t really focus on any one collection in particular, spreading their attention across multiple areas which is reflected in our yearly round-up, featuring Classic Fusions, Big Bangs, Square Bangs, and the Masterpiece line.

Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski Full Titanium

Considering that three of the five watches on the list retail for six figures and up, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski could perhaps be considered… sensible? A quick glance at its faceted titanium case, however, and you can quickly dismiss that notion. The muted tones of the lightweight metal aren’t overly blingy, especially with their mostly micro-blasted finish, with just the right amount of highlights for the pushers and bezel screws.

hublot classic fusion chronograph orlinski full titanium wrist

Of the two models, it almost feels like a sin not picking the full titanium bracelet, as the watch almost feels incomplete without it. Thanks to the Dubois-Dépraz module-equipped ETA chrono calibre inside, it’s also reasonably thin at only 12mm, though the only thing that could separate Marcus from his Watches & Wonders 2023 favourite is the 500-piece limited run.

Brand Hublot
Model Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski Titanium
Reference Number 549.NI.1270.NI.ORL23
Case Dimensions 41mm (D) x 12mm (T)
Case Material Grade 5 titanium
Water Resistance 50 metres
Crystal(s) Sapphire front and back
Dial Black lacquer
Strap Grade 5 titanium bracelet and deployant clasp
Movement HUB1153, ETA 2892 w/ Dubois-Dépraz module, automatic
Power Reserve 42 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph
Availability 250 pieces
Price A$27,400, US$18,200


Big Bang Unico Golf Sky Blue Carbon

If the Orlinski Chrono was kinda sensible, the Big Bang Golf Sky Blue Carbon is anything but. How does 45mm x 18.2mm of carbon fibre and Texalium sound? Oh, and of course, there’s the skeletonised dial showing off the indicators for hole, shot, and score.

hublot big bang unico golf sky blue carbon wrist

This isn’t the only high-end golf watch, though no other golf watch looks quite like this. The layers of high-tech materials showcase an intricate melange of carbon, fibreglass, and aluminium, rendering the entire watch surprisingly lightweight, coming in at under 100 grams despite its size.

Brand Hublot
Model Big Bang Unico Golf Sky Blue Carbon
Reference Number 416.YE.1120.VR
Case Dimensions 45mm (D) x 18.2mm (T)
Case Material Carbon fibre, Texalium
Water Resistance 100 metres
Crystal(s) Sapphire
Dial Skeletonised
Strap Black/blue rubber and leather
Movement MHUB1580 Unico, in-house, automatic
Power Reserve 72 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, golf hole, shot, and score indicator
Availability Limited to 100 pieces
Price A$49,000, US$34,300


Square Bang Unico Sapphire

With all the unique shapes Hublot has experimented with over the years, it surprised me to learn that the Square Bang was actually the brand’s first square watch. Introduced at Watches & Wonders 2022, the Square Bang waited a year to get the full sapphire case treatment, including the case and dial.

hublot square bang unico sapphire wrist

Housing a flyback chronograph movement, the sapphire case construction allows Hublot to show off as much of the industrially decorated calibre as possible, with my favourite being the dialside column wheel. Just be wary of the strange feeling of being able to look at your wrist while wearing a watch.

Brand Hublot
Model Square Bang Unico Sapphire
Reference Number 821.JX.0120.RT
Case Dimensions 42mm (D) x 12mm (T)
Case Material Polished sapphire crystal
Water Resistance 50 metres
Crystal(s) Sapphire with AR coating front and back
Dial Sapphire
Lug Width Integrated
Strap Structured rubber with one-click system, titanium deployant clasp
Movement MHUB1280 Unico 2, in-house automatic flyback chronograph
Power Reserve 72 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Availability Now
Price A$143,000, US$95,000


MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-axis Retrograde

Watches from the Hublot MP collection are the most technologically advanced pieces the brand offers – just think back to the ridiculous MP-05 LaFerrari and its 50-day power reserve. The MP-13 is a little more conventional than that, though it doesn’t mean that it skimps on complication nor unique shape.

hublot mp 13 tourbillon bi axis retrograde wrist

For starters, the sapphire crystal actually flows into a squared-off section at 6 o’clock to allow a better view into the intricacy of the dual axis tourbillon. To top it all off, there’s a dual retrograde time display spanning the top of the dial, meaning the hands never obstruct the tourbillon cage. It’s really one of those watches that don’t look nearly as impressive when static.

Brand Hublot
Model MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-axis Retrograde
Reference Number 913.NX.1170.RX
Case Dimensions 44mm (D) x 16.7mm (T)
Case Material Titanium
Water Resistance 30 metres
Crystal(s) AR-coated sapphire
Dial Matte black, skeletonised
Strap Black rubber, titanium deployant clasp
Movement HUB6200, in-house, manual winding
Power Reserve 96 hours
Functions Retrograde hours and minutes, dual axis tourbillon, power reserve
Availability 50 numbered pieces
Price A$238,000, US$158,000


Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Blue Sapphire

As if a A$200k bi-axis tourbillon wasn’t crazy enough, why don’t we look at something really nuts. Ever since I first saw Chanel’s J12 X-Ray and its world-first sapphire bracelet, I knew that it was only a matter of time before Hublot presented their own take on it. The brand started with the fully clear Integrated Tourbillon Full Sapphire in 2021, and two years later, we land on its Full Blue sibling.

hublot big bang integrated tourbillon full blue sapphire wrist

Contrasting against the pastel blue is the monochromatic HUB6035, Hublot’s micro-rotor-equipped tourbillon movement. The oscillating weight and tourbillon cage sit on opposing ends of the case, offering some pleasant symmetry, and their simple finish doesn’t take away from the main attraction. I’ll end this roundup with the way I started it. Say what you want about Hublot, but you can’t deny the cool factor of a blue-tinted, sapphire-cased-and-braceleted, micro-rotor tourbillon.

Brand Hublot
Model Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Blue Sapphire
Reference Number
Case Dimensions 43mm (D)
Case Material Blue sapphire
Water Resistance 30 metres
Crystal(s) AR-coated sapphire
Dial Sapphire
Strap Blue sapphire crystal, titanium deployant buckle
Movement HUB6035, in-house, micro-rotor automatic
Power Reserve 72 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Availability Limited to 10 pieces
Price A$792,000, US$527,000