Posted on

MP 09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon

The MP 09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon trend certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, watchmakers are continuing to stretch their creativity when it comes to multi-hued timepieces. Case in point: Hublot is blazing a new technicolor trail with its newest piece of wrist candy.

The limited-edition MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis, which was unveiled during the Hublot Loves Art event at Art Basel in Miami this week, pushes the envelope in terms of both aesthetics and production. Hublot started with a simple idea: reproduce the rainbow effect of colored gemstones using carbon and composites. It sounds straightforward, but the execution wasn’t so easy.
The watchmaker leveraged all its resources, from industrial machinery to the ingenuity of its research and development team, to establish a complex process that would reproduce the striking hues of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds on the surface of the case. In short, Hublot found a way to recreate the brilliance of gemstones in a rather conventional material. This feat marks a world first in watchmaking: Never before has a watch displayed as many shades of colored composites.
“We have mastered Carbon. We have mastered traditional rainbow setting. But no one was yet to master 3-D carbon with the rainbow effect, quite simply because no one had thought about it,” Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said in a statement. “That is what makes Hublot different: we explore the unknown regions of haute horlogerie.”
The bold watch is undeniably Hublot from the inside out. The oversized 49 mm case is fully decked out in carbon and rainbow composites. So too is the bezel. The openworked dial, meanwhile, reveals the manually wound HUB9009.H1.RA.B caliber. A staple of the MP-09 collection since its inception, the movement offers a five-day power reserve. It’s also a sight to behold with the tourbillon complication clearly visible at six o’clock.

Posted on

Hublot “Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo”

Hublot has announced the latest 77 limited edition “Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo”. “Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camoo” is based on the iconic “Big Bang Unico” design, with the concept of “All Black”, which is always popular in Hublot, blue with strength and elegance, bold and wild. It is a special Japan-only model with a cool beauty that combines the charms of each with a camouflage motif that gives an impression.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo 44 mm black ceramic case is equipped with the self-winding movement “UNICO” developed and manufactured in-house. You can see the movement between the camouflage motifs on the dial, and it has a mysterious feeling that makes you want to look into it.

Automatic winding (cal.HUB1280). 26 stones. 28,800 vibrations / hour. Column wheel type flyback chronograph. Power reserve of about 72 hours. Black ceramic (diameter 44 mm, thickness 14.5 mm). Water resistant to 100m. 2,596,000 yen (tax included). Released in May 2022

The dial expresses one perfect camouflage motif by carefully overlapping the outlines of the camouflage motifs one by one. The camouflage print straps are drawn using Hublot’s first vulcanization technology in the watch industry in 2019, realized by individually cutting and combining camouflage motifs. The “Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo” is the only one that perfectly combines the complex beauty of mechanical watches with the refined strength of black and blue colors and the unique presence of camouflage motifs. The second timepiece

Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo” is based on the iconic “Big Bang Unico” design, with the concept of “All Black”, which is always popular in Hublot, blue with strength and elegance, bold and wild. It is a special Japan-only model with a cool beauty that combines the charms of each with a camouflage motif that gives an impression.

Posted on

Hublot BIG BANG E FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022™

Hublot was founded in 1980, which makes it, at the age of 40, approximately 100 years younger than its long-established counterparts. Its newbie status, far from being a drawback, has advantages. Hublot stands ripe for adventure, uniquely unbound by traditions that might constrain it to an identity forged in a bygone era. It is free to explore new ideas, designs, materials and associations. One month it’s sponsoring a polo match in aristocratic, old-money Gstaad, and the next, it’s joining the crush in the stands at the FIFA World Cup. The latter is coming up next month in Qatar and Hublot isn’t missing out on the moment. As a sponsor of the event, the company is introducing the Hublot Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 smartwatch.
“Being a young brand allows us to be more diverse and maybe not as focused on one specific partnership,” Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe tells Robb Report. “The idea is to create a world of Hublot, in which we meet with different customers, some of whom are interested in soccer, some in other sports, or who like tattoos.” (Hublot has worked on watch collaborations with tattoo artist Maxime Büchi). “When it comes to watches, we have the liberty to create incredible designs that maybe a traditional brand would not do it because it’s too particular,” he adds. “If you look at the tattoo watch, Sang Bleu, it’s incredible. Nobody would make a watch like this, but Hublot we can do it because our concept of mastering the art of fusion allows us to be disruptive.”

Hublot’s untraditional approach to watchmaking has seen it trailblaze certain trends in the industry. It was one of the first brands to popularise rubber straps in the 1990s. And few other brands use colour to the same extent as Hublot, which has developed its own proprietary selection of coloured ceramics and sapphires as case materials. It is also one of the early adopters of fully sapphire crystal cases.
Design-wise, it has collaborated with artists, architects and athletes to push the boundaries, making its aesthetic identity difficult to define in any way other than to describe it as unconventional. At the same time, its engineering and finishing techniques adhere to the principles of traditional high watchmaking.

But the brand’s attention to detail combined with its often loud and forward-thinking approach is an ethos that extends to its smartwatches. The Hublot Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is a Gen 3 connected watch with a new timeline function dedicated to soccer. Before the tournament starts, the Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be in countdown mode, keeping track of the days until the opening match on November 20 between Qatar and Ecuador. Then, with 15 minutes to go before each match, the watch will deliver team line-ups and player profiles. As each game kicks off, the watch will automatically enter “match mode” and activate a “timeline” feature created exclusively for this watch to track the game highlights.

A scale on the outer edge of the dial is split into five sections, indicating the first and second halves, the additional time allowed in each half and half-time. If a goal is scored, the watch shows a match event animation mentioning the player’s name, and a soccer symbol will appear at the appropriate minute mark on the scale. The same thing happens if there is a yellow card, a red card or a penalty. If a match goes beyond normal time, the watch display will automatically switch into extra time mode, and then into shootout mode in the event a match goes to penalties. Each penalty is recorded to indicate whether or not the attempt was successful. A final “match period animation” shows when the game is over, and the final score. The wearer can replay these events at any point during a game by scrolling around the dial using the watch’s crown.
But what about after the World Cup is over? It comes with all of the standard functions of a smartwatch including GPS and a heart-rate monitor, and it comes with a suite of preloaded apps to stay connected to track activities, health and more. And unlike smaller alternatives, the Big Bang e FIFA is oversized at 44 mm, so you can better see the screen, which may be a welcome design feature for some.

The case is made of micro-blasted and polished black ceramic and black titanium. The rubber strap comes in burgundy highlighted back black underneath—a colour inspired by the flag colours of the State of Qatar. But fans can also choose dial and strap designs in the colors of each of the 32 participating countries.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held from late November to mid-December, making it the first tournament not to be held in May, June or July and to take place in the northern autumn; it will be played in a reduced timeframe of around 29 days. Hublot has been a sponsor since 2010 and will time all 64 games in this year’s FIFA World Cup, including the final in the Lusail Stadium in Doha on 18 December. The Hublot Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is limited to 1,000 pieces and priced at US$270. Considering the cost of traveling to Qatar for the World Cup, if you’re already going you might as well invest a little further and come equipped with this game-day accessory.

Posted on

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey

Although it’s best known among enthusiasts for its defiantly avant-garde designs and cutting-edge materials, Hublot also has a genuine commitment to the world of modern art. Over the years, the brand has collaborated with high-profile artists ranging from Richard Orlinski to Takashi Murakami, but few partnerships have been as lasting or as fruitful as its relationship with American artist Shepard Fairey. Best known for his bold “Obey” iconography and the world-famous “Hope” poster campaign used during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Fairey’s street art-infused style has been the basis for several distinctive Hublot references since 2018. For its latest collaborative design, Hublot brings an aggressive black-on-black look to Fairey’s recurring theme of the mandala. The new limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey is a sharp, unapologetically bold distillation of Fairey’s street art ethos, and one that should become a coveted piece among Shepard Fairey collectors.
At 45mm-wide and 13.4mm-thick, the matte-black ceramic case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey cuts an imposing figure on the wrist, but it’s the finishing here that immediately catches the eye. Although the overall surface is bead-blasted, the bezel and main case body are crisscrossed with an ornate engraved pattern. This sweeping arabesque motif can feel almost chaotic at first glance, but a closer look reveals it to be a seamless continuation of the mandala pattern on the skeleton dial. This holistic pattern gives the design an impressively unified feel and makes a traditionally stealthy blacked-out design into a watch that commands attention on the wrist. The 12 o’clock side of the case body adds an extra layer of decoration, with an engraved ray pattern extending across the case sides and integrated lugs. Underneath this ornate engraving, however, this is the same Aerofusion Chronograph platform as the standard production model and should feel familiar to fans of the brand. Hublot fits this model with a sapphire display caseback, and rates the watch for a somewhat underwhelming 50 meters of water resistance.
The dial of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey offers an extremely ornate blacked-out pattern but remains solidly legible for a black-on-black skeleton design thanks to intelligent finishing decisions. The repeating floral mandala pattern radiates out from the dial center, with indices and subdial rings appearing to float over gaps in the dial thanks to a lower dial layer in sapphire. Although the main handset visually fades into the background at some angles, with even minor amounts of direct light, the polished surfaces make these faceted batons stand out starkly against the darker backdrop. This extends to the subdial hands as well, but the applied faceted indices are less effective in this regard. With this in mind, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey is as much about translating Fairey’s art into a wearable form as it is about creating a usable timepiece, and in this regard, the design succeeds brilliantly. The central stack of the handset is obscured by a rendition of Fairey’s famous “Obey” emblem printed onto the underside of the crystal, creating a seamless mandala design that runs from the center of the dial all the way down the case sides. Even the 6 o’clock date display is cleanly integrated into the pattern, with a stenciled skeleton date wheel that preserves the visual depth of the intricate layered mandala.
Hublot equips the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey with the modular ETA-based HUB1155 automatic chronograph movement. While purists may decry the use of a non-manufacture movement at this level, the HUB1155 is a reliable, easy-to-maintain platform that offers a decent if unspectacular 42 hours of power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Hublot’s finishing on the HUB1155 is clean and contemporary, with predominantly brushed bridges and a dynamic signed skeleton rotor. To complete the package, Hublot pairs the watch with an integrated grooved strap in supple black rubber.
With an aggressive black-on-black colorway and an impressively ornate continuous mandala pattern, the limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey offers a stylishly punchy and aggressive translation of Fairey’s work to the wrist. Only 50 examples of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey will be made, and the watch is available now exclusively through Hublot’s North American boutiques and the brand’s U.S. e-commerce platform.

Posted on

HUBLOT Summer Editions, Ibiza, Capri and St.Tropez Boutiques

To celebrate this summer season, Hublot has created three special edition timepieces dedicated to its Ibiza, Capri and St.Tropez boutiques.

These Mediterranean destinations are known for their beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. The new Hublot summer limited editions take inspiration from the blues of summertime.

Hublot St-Tropez Big Bang Unico St-Tropez Boutique
The turquoise blue seas and sky of this seaside citadel are reflected in a limited edition of 30 pieces which echo the colours of Tahiti and Pampelonne beach.
Set between the Place des Lices and the Port de St-Tropez since 2017, the Hublot boutique is just a short hop from the iconic ochre and sienna bell tower which overlooks the port and dominates the skyline. The silhouette is featured on the sapphire of the Big Bang Unico St-Tropez Boutique’s case back.
The UNICO V2 manufacture movement offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The calibre HUB1280 boasts a slimmer design, restyled architecture, easier assembly and improved visibility and functionality. The ceramic bezel, the lined rubber strap, the indices, numerals and hands are all turquoise blue, contrasting with the microblasted black ceramic case.

Hublot Ibiza Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Blue Ibiza Boutique
With its pop-up boutique open throughout the summer, Hublot celebrates the bohemian festive spirit of Ibiza with a limited edition of 50 pieces in colours which echo the island’s white walls and the deep blue of the horizon from Cala Conta, the contrasting shades underneath the boats moored at Cala Saladeta and the seabed at Cala Xarraca.
To celebrate summer, and its Ibiza boutique, Hublot welcomes its favourite material – coloured ceramic – to a magnetic blue chronograph: the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Blue Ibiza Boutique. 45 mm in diameter, with a deep blue ceramic bezel and case, HUB1155 self-winding chronograph movement and a power reserve of 42 hours, this piece is awash with the island’s vibrant blues, from its deep seas to its night skies.
Its blue alligator strap is set off by white stitching and a white stripe, providing as striking a contrast to the titanium adorning the crown, pushers and H-shaped screws. On the back of the watch, the sapphire crystal features “Hublot Ibiza”.

Hublot Capri Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Capri Boutique
For its Capri Boutique, Hublot has created a limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic. Limited to 50 pieces, this watch is inspired by the turquoise waters of Capri’s Grotta Azzurra and the contrast with the dark grey of the grotto.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Capri Boutique has a power reserve of 42 hours. 45 mm in diameter, and fitted with a turquoise blue lined rubber strap, this watch is water resistant to 50 metres.

Posted on

Hublot Big Bang All Black

Hublot’s new release is inspired by the Matterhorn, one of the most well-known of all the Alps. When I had a look, I was wondering what I was meant to say about these watches, and it got me thinking. There’s a really great program on the BBC’s iPlayer right now called Around the World in 80 Days and, no, it’s not just another interpretation of Jules Verne’s classic novel. Well, it technically is that, but it’s split into eight-hour-long episodes which gives it plenty of time to dwell on the details. I haven’t gotten all the way through it yet, in fact, as I’m writing this I’ve just finished watching the episode set in India and it was a cracker.
The story is set in the 19th century and features everyone’s favourite iteration of Doctor Who’s The Doctor play the role of Phileas Fogg. The story so far is rather excellent, as I mentioned, because this is an episodic set rather than a movie there’s plenty of time to get acclimated with each of the major stops that Fogg and his friends are travelling through. Not to give it away too much, but all sorts of events have taken place in England, France, Italy, Egypt and now India. One of the most defining features of Verne’s story is of Fogg taking a hot air balloon over the Alps. And so in comes our tie into the watches.
The new Hublot Big Bang All Black watches Zermatt watches pay tribute to the Matterhorn in their own way. According to my quick search of Googlepedia (or is it Wiki-oogle?), the Matterhorn is the 12th tallest of the Alps, although its near perfectly symmetrical outline makes it one of the most recognisable alongside Mont Blanc. Both watches feature the Matterhorn on their dials, in fact, that’s about the only thing that really stands out on the dials as the rest is matte black. It appears as though there is lume on the hands, although I’m not sure how brightly black-coloured lume shines.
Nevertheless, both Hublot Big Bang All Black watches are black as you like, which is becoming a more popular trend. The larger of the two has a 44mm x 14.1mm case made of matte black ceramic, while the smaller features a 41mm x 12.75mm case. That one also has eight black diamonds set on the dial with more within the bezel. Both are water-resistant to 100m.
Inside the larger is the calibre HUB4100 which is based on the ETA 7753 calibre and has a 42-hour power reserve. The smaller of the two uses the Hub4300 which is not based on the ETA 7753, instead, it’s based on the ETA 2894-2. The main difference between the two is the diameter and the jewel count, apart from that the beat rate and the power reserve (and most other details that matter) are the same. It’s nice that Hublot Big Bang All Black watches has covered the movement with a representation of the Matterhorn.

Posted on

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang

If you know Hublot, you know the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang. The large, octagonal sports watch has come to define the brand. But Hublot is more than a one trick pony, as demonstrated by the unusual and appealing Spirit of Big Bang.

The Spirit, first introduced in 2014 is an evolution of the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang – one that sits alongside the regular collection, possessing all the familiar elements of the traditional Big Bang, but in an entirely new form.
Hublot excel in their casework, and nowhere is this more evident than on the large and complicated Spirit of Big Bang. The 51mm by 45mm case is crafted from King Gold – Hublot’s proprietary red gold, which contains a dash of platinum to ensure the colour remains true over the years. But even before that, the first thing you notice about the Spirit is the tonneau case shape. Named for the barrels they resemble, tonneau watches are far less common than crowd-pleasing round cases, they wear very large and have tonnes of wrist-presence – perfect for Hublot.
Design-wise the essence of the Big Bang is clearly present, with the ‘H’ shaped screws, sandwiched case construction using high tech materials and cut-away elements. Combining all this with the elongated tonneau creates an entirely new watch, the curving lines presenting a softer, more elegant version of the Big Bang.
As with the case, the dial of the Hublot Spirit is classic Big Bang. The sapphire dial exposes the movement architecture, giving it a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic that’s in stark contrast with the luxurious brushed gold case. Thankfully this dial doesn’t compromise on legibility, with the broad gold-plated hands and indices easily visible day or night, thanks to the liberal application of luminous material. The only exception to this is the date; it can take a moment or two to find the red-bordered date aperture on the exposed and skeletonised date wheel. Touches of red on the chapter ring, subdials and tip of the chronograph hand add detail and even more depth to the already multi-layered dial.
You might expect this watch to be powered by one of Hublot’s Unico movements, but it’s not. Instead you get the HUB 4700, which is actually a skeletonised El Primero (Zenith and Hublot are both owned by LVMH), the storied automatic chronograph movement first released in 1969. Using the reworked and rebranded El Primero in the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang is a nice easter egg, offering a piece of horological history inside the futuristic shell of the big Hublot.
The Spirit has a thick rubber strap, covered with alligator and very much in keeping with the brand’s philosophy of fusion. The strap balances the heavy Hublot Spirit of Big Bang well, and indeed anything slimmer would leave the watch feeling top heavy. As it is, the tapering band continues the curve of the case, creating a cohesive, comfortable whole.
Gold watches dominate the wrist, and not just visually. A heavy gold watch can be unbalanced and ungainly to wear. The Spirit of Big Bang suffers from none of these complaints, the curved case hugs the wrist. Well-balanced and secure, it’s a real joy to wear. It’s also an unmissable watch that makes a bold statement with a whole lot of solid gold real estate.