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.

That time Hublot pulled apart a tourbillon cage to show us how it worked

Hublot tourbillon

Editor's note: Early last year, our fearless leader Andrew McUtchen was fortunate enough to breach the inner sanctum of Hublot's High Complication Department and have a chat with the boss, Emmanuel Missillier. What's more, Mr Missillier proceeded to pull apart one of Hublot's intricate tourbillon movements, all for our viewing pleasure.  Hublot have made big strides in recent years to establish watchmaking credibility as a counterweight to its heavy-hitting celebrity power. Regular nominations in various GPHG categories – across women's and men's watches – have been a meaningful benchmark for progress, and new crowd-pleasers, such as the delightful movement architecture of the Meca-10, have opened up a fresh conversation with watch lovers about what wearing a Hublot actually means in the modern day. To this end, when we were invited to the manufacture in Nyon to better get to know the brand, we were immediately interested in the High Complication Department and thought we might use its expertise to get inside the cases of some of the most popular, desirable and useful complications that Hublot offer. So, prepare yourself, we have a little three-part miniseries coming your way – each honing in on a complication. But rather than telling the story from… Read More

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VIDEO: The Hublot Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary Sapphire

The partnership between Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Italian car marque Ferrari has resulted in some very interesting watches indeed, and I think it should be ranked as one of the most genuinely interesting design partnerships in watches. And while the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, with its dangerous curves, was one of the real highlight releases of this year (in King Gold, please!), it was far from the only one.  This big fella — one of a trio celebrating Scuderia Ferrari's 90th anniversary (and called, appropriately enough, the Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary Sapphire) — is a classic Hublot. We're talking about 45mm of large, very much in charge, sapphire case, with a hulking great carbon bezel that looks like it might well be an actual brake disc off a Ferrari, rather than just inspired by one. On top of that, there's a popping strap of woven Kevlar (one of the other case versions offers Nomex, which is also super cool). And that's before we get to the case itself. Sapphire is incredibly hard, and looks incredibly cool. Though, interestingly enough, here the sapphire doesn't dominate the show as you'd expect, but rather provides a frame and strong textural counterpoint for the… Read More

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Going green with the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM

Hublot Big Bang MP - 11 SAXEM

Hublot has just dropped the Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM, once again demonstrating why they are the vanguards of the horological industry when it comes to innovating new materials for wristwatches. The stunningly green case of the new Big Bang MP-11 is hewn from a material that has never been used before in a timepiece's case – SAXEM. An abbreviation of Sapphire Aluminium Oxide and rare Earth Mineral, the high-tech material receives its brilliant emerald green colour as a result of the Hublot Manufacture mixing materials such Aluminium oxide, which is the basic component of sapphire, with rare-earth elements such as thulium, holmium and chromium. The outcome of this process is a case material with several benefits. For example, SAXEM is not only far stronger than emerald, it also possesses a much richer and deeper colour than sapphire. Housed inside the revolutionary new case, which measures an impressive 45mm, is Hublot's highly technical Caliber HUB9011, a manually wound skeletonised movement that features no less than seven barrels and a whopping 14 days of power reserve. Speaking about the watch, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot said: "With this new Big Bang MP-11, Hublot once more asserts its regal mastery of innovation, at both… Read More

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That time Hublot pulled apart a tourbillon cage to show us how it worked

Hublot tourbillon

Editor's note: Early last year, our fearless leader Andrew McUtchen was fortunate enough to breach the inner sanctum of Hublot's High Complication Department and have a chat with the boss, Emmanuel Missillier. What's more, Mr Missillier proceeded to pull apart one of Hublot's intricate tourbillon movements, all for our viewing pleasure.  Hublot have made big strides in recent years to establish watchmaking credibility as a counterweight to its heavy-hitting celebrity power. Regular nominations in various GPHG categories – across women's and men's watches – have been a meaningful benchmark for progress, and new crowd-pleasers, such as the delightful movement architecture of the Meca-10, have opened up a fresh conversation with watch lovers about what wearing a Hublot actually means in the modern day. To this end, when we were invited to the manufacture in Nyon to better get to know the brand, we were immediately interested in the High Complication Department and thought we might use its expertise to get inside the cases of some of the most popular, desirable and useful complications that Hublot offer. So, prepare yourself, we have a little three-part miniseries coming your way – each honing in on a complication. But rather than telling the story from… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI

Hublot has teamed up with the initiative Save Our Rhino Africa/India (SORAI) to create the fetching, limited edition Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI. Stylised to mimic the tonal colours of Africa's vast bush land, the new Big Bang Unico SORAI's 45mm case is finished in microblasted beige ceramic, as is the watch's bezel. Providing a stark contrast, the chronograph pushers and the crown of the limited edition watch are finished in a black composite resin. The dial of the Unico SORAI has been given the same aesthetic treatment, and the openwork-skeletonised movement is finished in matt beige, while the running seconds sub-dial displays the distinctive SORAI logo – a white rhino. The movement itself is Hublot's self-winding HUB1242, and in addition to featuring a flyback chronograph complication containing both a column wheel and dual clutches, the watch also features a date complication and offers customers up to 72 hours of power reserve. The Unico SORAI is paired with two different straps: a beige NATO bracelet and a camouflage rubber bracelet that features some world-first technology. Essentially, through the employment of an innovative vulcanisation technique, Hublot is able to create a distinctive camouflage theme that is drawn onto the rubber bracelet… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: The Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT races ahead

The story in a second: One of the best, most interesting watches of 2019. The case Wow. What a difference a case makes. Hublot, along with their friends at Ferrari's Centro Stile, has taken the traditional Hublot design codes, deconstructed them, put them through the ringer a few times, and re-assembled them into something that's very Hublot, but also completely fresh. The lines are dramatically softened, and the overall look is reminiscent of that bubbly, biomorphic school of watch design that had an extended moment in the '90s. Having said that, it's clearly a Hublot — the bezel, complete with exposed screws, the big 45mm case, that oversized machine-like crown. All present and correct. But there's a lack of blockiness that is so refreshing, and entirely well suited to the Classic Fusion family. The soft, satiny finish of this titanium version is also super compelling and (it must be said) supremely photogenic. This watch rates in Jason — our main photo man's — top watches of 2019. And I agree.  The dial  Again, all the Hublot goodness is there, but in a reframed way. It's an open-worked chronograph (obvs), with radial Arabic numerals alternating with baton markers. The numerals liven… Read More

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HANDS-ON: Pop pop! The Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Magic

It's easy to forget or overlook the magnitude of what Hublot has achieved with their materials innovation — the scale and scope of their sapphire pieces is impressive to say the least, and their use of ceramic is amongst the most interesting in the business (which is no small feat given that every brand and its dog is making the most of the material at the moment).  What really stands out with Hublot's ceramic watches is their vivid tones. Last year's Red Magic was one of the real bright spots (literally), with a hue that no other brand has managed to match. And this year's Blue Magic doubles down on the trick — the 45mm sports chronograph is an outragesouly, awesomely bright blue. Polished blue ceramic aside, it is business as usual — the open dial, the one-click strap (blue, obvs) and the HUB1242 chronograph movement. This watch is limited to 500 pieces. It's also a watch that leaves me wondering: what ceramic wonder will Hublot do next? Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Magic price and availability Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Magic, limited to 500 pieces, $27,000

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