Much is said these days about the fine watch brands that, in the 1970s, dared to make luxury steel watches and finish them to standards usually reserved for timepieces in precious metals, with the prices to match. In 1980, however,: For the first time in watchmaking, the Classic Original model combined a precious metal — in this case, gold — with a modern material — rubber.
Since then, of course, Hublot has become synonymous with certain in-your-face qualities that one either loves or loathes (consider us in the former camp): large, bold designs, such as the 11-barrel, 50-day power reserve, Ferrari engine bay-shaped MP-05, or the shiny, sculptural cases of the Classic Fusion models by French sculptor Richard Orlinski.
And then, there is its knack for creating, using and mixing innovative materials, including ceramic (it’s been using high-tech ceramics for 15 years), sapphire crystal in a rainbow of colours, and metal alloys such as King Gold, whose vibrant reddish hue is even more unmistakeable when used on unmissable pieces.
To mark its 40th birthday this year, the brand is inviting its fans into its manufacture to view a phygital exhibition designed by Samuel Ross. Incidentally, the British fashion designer, industrial designer and new Hublot ambassador also recently helped to create a fresh, minimalist look for the watch brand’s boutiques.
The presentation was recorded at the Hublot manufacture in Nyon, Switzerland. Move (or mouse) around the room and click on various elements, from watches to Ferrari car models to posters of Hublot ambassadors, to view content relating to its products and partnerships. We can’t wait to see what other classic and crazy fusions the brand comes up with next.
This story first appeared in The Peak Singapore