Whether you’re buying for yourself, your significant other or a lifelong role model in your social circle, a luxury watch is a huge investment. Luxury watches are symbolic for success and appreciation and are worn by celebrities worldwide.
From Fashionable world cup watches to red carpet attire, Swiss made watches have long dominated the watchmaking market, and Hublot watches are no exception. If you’re thinking of investing in a luxury watch, take a few minutes to learn more about why Hublot might be the right choice for you.
First Natural Rubber Wristband
The original Hublot watch, crafted in the late 1970s and launched at the 1980 Basel watch fair, was the first watch to have a natural leather strap. This bold move revolutionized watch design, putting form, function, and comfort over fashion without negating the components that made the Hublot a luxury timepiece. The move was reminiscent of Tudor luxury watches introducing fabric straps, an idea which had long been scorned as low brow.
The Hublot remains one of the leading luxury watches today, despite their rubber straps (or maybe because of them), as the target audience is meant to be more actively inclined. The rubber is soft on the skin, contouring to the unique curvature and bone structure of each wearer’s wrist, and prevents chafing during exercise. While leather looks and feels incredible, it can quickly get worn down when worn by active individuals. Fabric is comfortable in a fashionable setting, but chafes during physical exertion.
Official Timekeeper of the 2018 World Cup
The targeting toward an athletic market has paid off, as the Hublot Big Bang has been deemed the Official Timekeeper of the 2018 World Cup. With a satin-finished bezel, sapphire crystal, and the iconic rubber strap that Hublot is known for, you can see this watch on the wrists of all referees during game time.
The World Cup isn’t the only notable athletic partnership Hublot has made in recent years. Other notable athletes who work with the luxury watchmaker include world-famous boxer Floyd Mayweather, Olympian Usain Bolt, and American football legend Eli Manning. Since the release of the Big Bang watch line, other celebrities who aren’t associated with the company have made this piece their watch of choice, including Dwayne Johnson and Beyonce.
Hublot, like Tag Heuer, has also made a name for itself in the racing circuit by partnering with Ferrari. The Unico Ferrari Gold model of the iconic Big Bang line is a masterpiece and incredible sight to behold. It’s sleek, sporty, and luxurious designs match that of it’s brand ambassador, capturing precision and power in the way only a Ferrari can.
Inspired by Ships
The word “Hublot” is French for “porthole,” and sensibly so since it competes with numerous diving watches on the market. The name, however, stems directly from the design inspiration gleaned from the portholes of ships that designer Carlo Crocco found so intriguing. The engineering of the Hublot emulates that of a porthole, with strong, titanium screws securing everything in place.
Carlo Crocco is the founder of Hublot and grew up surrounded by a family of watchmakers in Italy. In his youth, Crocco was the heir to his uncle’s watchmaking company, Binda Group. Binda Group sold Breil watches, and became somewhat of a family legacy. Crocco shocked his family and the watchmaking world at the young age of 32 when he gave up his place in Binda Group and decided to chase his own dream, starting MDM Geneva from scratch, using millions of dollars that he sourced from investors or took from his own pocket.
Crocco’s risk paid off. His keen eye for all things beautiful, in combination with the skills learned in his youth, led to his release of the stunning gold watch on a black rubber band. The idea behind his designs is beauty with functionality that can be worn for both business and sporting events.
Swiss Made Watch
Despite being founded in Italy, the Hublot is a Swiss made watch. Keep in mind that unlike many of the top contenders for luxury watches, the Hublot only hit the market recently. By the time the millennium hit, Crocco knew that he had too many irons in the fire and started looking for someone to take over as CEO. In 2004, the legendary Jean-Claude Biver took the helm.
Before moving to Hublot, Biver was the president of the Omega Division at Swatch Group, a world-renowned Swiss manufacturer of timepieces and jewelry. With almost 40,000 companies spanning over fifty countries, to say Swatch Group is a powerhouse in the watchmaking industry would be a drastic understatement. Hublot watches all follow the Swiss watchmaking practices that make them so recognizable today.
If you’re athletically inclined, you don’t have to sacrifice luxury when purchasing a watch. The Hublot is the epitome of being able to do both, offering functionality, comfort, and fashion that remains timeless.