This Hublot Classic Fusion Bol d’Or Mirabaud (Ref. 521.NQ.1717.QR.BOM14) is a nice take on their iconic Classis Fusion collection. While the differences with other models in the range are only cosmetic, the choice of materials and the way they are put together make a strong impression. As usual, Hublot will severely limit its total production volume in order to make it a ‘real’ rarity.
The new Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon Ferrari 250 GTO limited edition watch was presented last week on Tuesday at Abbaye de Hautvillers. The “ultra-exclusive” event was restricted to hundred-and-something rich persons that you have probably seen on TV and all sorts of tabloids. Planned to be sold exclusively to 39 owners of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO vintage sports cars, the new timepiece has a good chance of becoming an instant legend.
The Swiss brand has just disseminated an official press release regarding its upcoming Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton (refs. 515.OX.0180.LR and 515.NX.0170.LR) collection. Soon to be available both in their proprietary King Gold alloy, as well as in more understated titanium, the series combines an ultra-thin manufacture-made hand-wound movement with a nicely skeletonized dial. It could have been slightly smaller though.
First revealed in Paris, France at the Belles Montres Watch Show back in December 2011, the Hublot The Baby Million Big Bang 44m Haute Joaillerie Chronograph (Ref. 301.WX.1170.WX.9804) is the tour de force of the high-jewelry subdivision of the Swiss-based brand. It is not just an ultra-luxury toy for the one-percenters: it is a perfectly manufactured timekeeper, which is powered by a bullet-proof (although mass-produced) mechanism, and set with more than eight hundred diamonds of different cut! That doesn’t mean that I like it.
Hublot is going to sell 100 pieces of its special numbered edition Hublot Big Bang amfAR BANG (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.AMF11) automatic chronograph donating some part of the revenue to the US-based amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) nonprofit organization.
Like their recent self-winding King Power Red Devil collection, the 2011 Hublot Big Bang Flamengo (Ref. 318.CI.1123.FLM11) is, too, dedicated to soccer. Featuring the same 45-minute chronograph counter, it nevertheless comes in a more tranquil, sober case and also sports a simpler movement.
At the Baselworld 2011 trade show Hublot, a brand that is known for its radical approach to conspicuous consumption, has presented a somewhat unexpected take on the concept of invisible opulence. I am talking about the ultra-luxury Hublot Big Bang Black Caviar (Ref. 346.CX.1800.BR): a high-jewelry piece that has every square millimeter of its surface paved with glossy black ceramic blocks.
With the new Masterpiece Collection Hublot expands its product line beyond the numerous iteration of the Bang collection (that, let’s face it, already starts to look sort of boring and predictable, while their ‘experiments’ with exotic materials inspire nothing but yawns.) Finally adding a tonneau-shaped case with interesting high-tech finish and a barrel-shaped movement that, hopefully, will become a base for many new in-house calibers, the Swiss-based brand makes a bold claim as a serious High Horology establishment. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, meet the new limited-edition MP-01 Masterpiece Flyback Chronograph (ref. 901.NX.0129.RX): a thing that is going to blow your minds!
Hublot has already established itself as an authority when it comes to bold-looking, salivation-inspiring high-tech ultra-luxury timepieces. Recently, the brand has teamed up with the famous Greengo nightclub (located in Gstaad, Switzerland, the iconic establishment that has just celebrated its four decades in business is a part of the Gstaad Palace Hotel that is known among particularly wealthy fans of the local ski resort for its plush apartments and especially friendly hosts) to offer this limited-edition Big Bang 44mm Greengo Bang (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.GGG10) chronograph. While offering nothing particularly new in terms of design, the sporty timepiece still looks impressive with its green-and-black (or vice versa) color scheme.
Hublot has recently presented a new Big Bang 38 mm collection equipped with a Sellita SW300-based HUB 1110 automatic movement. There is also a more practical -albeit not as *ahem* classy- “Swiss Made” quartz caliber. The HUB 1110 is a very basic mechanism that is only slightly refinished and fine-tuned above the basic specs to meet stricter standards of the ultra-luxury segment. Yet, you may still want to consider acting fast if you are interested in this gadget. Luxury wristwatches featuring self-winding movements (instead of, you know, quartz) are rare species in this niche and, something tells me, the collection won’t stay in production for long.
With the limited-edition 2010 King Power Ayrton Senna (ref. 719.QM.1729.NR.AES10), Hublot celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Formula 1 driver and 3-times F1 world champion Ayrton Senna da Silva who died at the wheel of his car sixteen years ago at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix race. As usual, the ultra-luxury chronograph arrives in a ridiculously huge case that combines ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, scratch-resistant ceramics, and not so much good taste.
Hublot, one of the youngest (and the most daring) ultra-luxury watchmaking brands, has introduced yet another iteration of its top-selling Big Bang collection of sporty chronographs. The 2010 Big Bang Gold Chronograph (ref. 301.PX.1180.RX) comes in a generous 44.5-mm case made of brushed 18-karat red gold.
Hublot and a four-time world champion alpine ski racer Bode Miller have unveiled a new limited-edition Bode Bang (Ref. 301.CI.2010.RX.BDM09) Chronograph. While not terribly original and looking like just any other model in the series, just with a new color scheme, the timekeeper may still be worth your attention thanks to its winning combination of an extremely high-contrast dial, elegant design, and an impressive level of ergonomics.
The 2009 Hublot Aero Bang Drive ACF (ref. CI.1170.GR.ACF09) was created in partnership with the well-known l’Automobile Club de France, which is claimed to be the oldest automobile club in the whole world. While not offering anything new in terms of design, the Drive ACF is nicely balanced when it comes to colors and textures. Also, for a skeletonized timepiece that it is, the gadget is also quite readable if you don’t take into account the dark blue “A” letter that was printed on the front sapphire crystal right above the small seconds sub-dial.
While the 2009 Gold King Power Foudroyante Chronograph (ref. 715.PX.1128.RX) doesn’t look particularly new (which is a pity, since Hublot doesn’t have a lot of ‘history’ to fall back to and constantly faces the same they-all-look-alike problem as Panerai), it still projects an impressive ‘mojo’ glow around its rose gold body. It isn’t even the usual 18-karat rose gold alloy: it’s a lot more interesting material that is proprietary for the Swiss-based brand. To make the case, they used a lot tougher gold-based ceramic material instead.