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.

Extra time: Which Euro 2020 manager has the best watch?

International football is beset with stubborn clichés about the playing styles of different nations. We think of France’s “Gallic flair”, the “Teutonic efficiency” of Germany, Holland’s “total football” and England’s reliable ineptitude when the stakes get high. These stereotypes persist even while their actual veracity may be outdated. But what about the style choices of the team’s managers? Academics from Liverpool John Moores University explored this idea in a new report on The Conversation this week. It suggested that what managers wear in the dugouts may also have a subliminal bearing on their team. As the article explained: “Research has also shown that clothing has an impact on public perceptions of managers. This report on the clothing styles of French professional football managers identified three broad wardrobe choices managers tend to choose from to make impressions on their audiences. Some use the business suit to denote themselves as the professional “boss”. Others the “hands-on” tracksuit warrior look and then there’s the middle-ground, smart-casual “project leader” appearance (think Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola).” Sadly, the boffins failed to tackle the real item of interest here – how do the managers’ horological choices stack up? Forget the football, here’s how the battle… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The dark panache of the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud

Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud

The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is the world’s biggest inland lake regatta, running the length of Lake Geneva, and Hublot is celebrating its eighth consecutive year as official timekeeper, with a brand new version of its 45mm Classic Fusion Chronograph, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Hublot knows how to pluck at our heartstrings, with a sharp combination of tech-tough black ceramic and a sharp two-tone dial, taking its cues perhaps from the deep blue of Lake Geneva for the chronograph registers of the grey bicompax dial. This formal combination framed by satin black, is balanced perfectly with a touch of dark blue in the mid-case of this light-for its size sports watch. I couldn’t call the 45mm Classic Fusion slim or svelte, but this is Hublot. The language is one of a tough tribe that enjoys the technical nature of Hublot’s Art of Fusion, without a single hint of fauxtina. Even if we have seen this case before in a wealth of maerials, Hublot superbly executes a new look with minute twists of their tried and tested recipes. The easy choice would be a monochromatic, black and grey, battle-tough piece. Instead the judicious use of a rather elegant shade… Read More

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Sunshine for the wrist: The best yellow dial watches from DOXA to Hublot

Yellow sunshine for the wrist

Whatever the weather, the watch on my wrist can pep up the dullest day, so what better choice than a piece of yellow sunshine for the wrist.  While the watch world’s fashion trends are changing from blue to green this year, there is nothing like the FLASH of a yellow dial to make you smile, whether it’s presented in a tough carbon-fibre diver’s case or via the honey-coloured minimalism of Ming. Even Rolex realised this, bringing us the 70s delight of the Stella dials, for their new Oyster Perpetual, including a 36mm piece of wrist-worn yellow delight. So to bring some much-needed cheer to a difficult year, here are some of the best yellow dial watches around. DOXA Carbon Sub 300 The new DOXA Sub 300 carbon collection was for me one of the most delightful surprises of the year. I was already enjoying their Sub 200 on a beads-of-rice bracelet, but the looks of their new carbon fibre, COSC-certified Sub 300 collection knocked me out. There is just something sense-tickling in the juxtaposition of that quirky ’60s swoopy cushion case with the high-tech, F1 vibes of that carbon fibre case. And I’ll tell you what, I’ll happily wager a… Read More

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Extra time: Which Euro 2020 manager has the best watch?

International football is beset with stubborn clichés about the playing styles of different nations. We think of France’s “Gallic flair”, the “Teutonic efficiency” of Germany, Holland’s “total football” and England’s reliable ineptitude when the stakes get high. These stereotypes persist even while their actual veracity may be outdated. But what about the style choices of the team’s managers? Academics from Liverpool John Moores University explored this idea in a new report on The Conversation this week. It suggested that what managers wear in the dugouts may also have a subliminal bearing on their team. As the article explained: “Research has also shown that clothing has an impact on public perceptions of managers. This report on the clothing styles of French professional football managers identified three broad wardrobe choices managers tend to choose from to make impressions on their audiences. Some use the business suit to denote themselves as the professional “boss”. Others the “hands-on” tracksuit warrior look and then there’s the middle-ground, smart-casual “project leader” appearance (think Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola).” Sadly, the boffins failed to tackle the real item of interest here – how do the managers’ horological choices stack up? Forget the football, here’s how the battle… Read More

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LVMH founder Bernard Arnault declared world’s richest man (but what watch does he wear?)

Bernard Arnault

If you were to guess who the world’s richest men were, your mind would probably wander to tech CEOs and Russian oligarchs, all of which would be reasonable assumptions. This month, however, the tides of wealth have changed with LVMH founder, CEO, and executive chairman Bernard Arnault rising to No.1 on the rich list. Edging ahead of Jeff Bezos ($186 billion) and Elon Musk ($147.3 billion), Arnault’s wealth saw a meteoric rise over the past year, trebling from a net worth of $76 billion in March 2020 to $186.3 billion as of Monday, June 1st. Considering the pandemic that has plagued the world for over a year, $110 billion is quite a spectacular spurt of growth all things considered and would be a jaw-dropping accomplishment even under normal circumstances. The interesting takeaway here is that luxury goods have enjoyed strong sales even during these trying times, with buyers still indulging in pricier goods. According to Forbes: “Pushed by the ‘momentum’ of shoppers in China, according to Jefferies analyst Flavio Cereda, LVMH recorded revenue of $17 billion for the first quarter of 2021, up 32% compared to the same period in 2020.” But this upward trend is not limited to the… Read More

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The best bicompax chronographs (Part II) – The top tier from Hublot to Patek

bicompax chronographs

After my first story on the enduring appeal of bicompax chronographs, this time we step it up a few notches from the sub $5000 category to the top tier. Today’s watches split into two main categories: first there are the chunky tool watches that reflect how the bicompax chronographs of the mid-20th century were, in fact, the forefathers of today’s sports watches. Then, there are the more formal dress pieces that mine the slim elegance of the ’40s- and ’50s references. But whether you lean towards rugged functionality or stylish looks, these twin-register beauties pose an emphatic reminder that, when it comes to chronograph sub-dials, three’s a crowd. Tudor Black Bay Chronograph With just a few tweaks, Tudor thoroughly transformed their Black Bay Chronograph for this year’s Watches and Wonders. While I’m always impressed by the mechanics of a chronograph complication, I prefer clean dials and the contrasts of a sharp panda works a treat. The beefy Black Bay chronograph was always a looker, and I do enjoy the brashness of gold and steel in their John Player Special-esque model that I had a closer look at in our video here. But this year, Tudor sharpened their vintage design pencils… Read More

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Leading the charge: Kevin Pietersen on saving rhinos and the Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI

Kevin Pietersen was always a box-office cricketer with his swashbuckling, front-foot style making him one of England’s most gifted batsmen. During the course of making more than 8000 Test runs, including 23 centuries, the man known as “KP” faced down some devastating bowlers. “Shoaib Akhtar was pretty fast and Mitchell Johnson bowled that fast series against us in 2012-13,” he recalls to T+T over Zoom. “But I was never scared of any bowler, because there’s a defence mechanism and you train for it. Whereas you’re pretty defenceless when you’re charged by a rhino…” Pietersen confronted that situation on a walking safari in South Africa. He and a guide were tiptoeing past a white rhino just 25 metres away when the wind changed. “The animal smelled us and wasn’t happy,” he says. “Suddenly it charged. In that moment, you actually don’t have time to think, but luckily it got a fright and ran right passed by us.” That nerve-shredding encounter did nothing to quell KP’s zeal for rhino conservation. It was a passion that began in 2013 when he reconnected with Africa, the country where he’d originally grown up. “While I was visiting South Africa, I was invited to help micro-chipping… Read More

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