Hublot has elevated their innovative spirit to the next level with a diverse range of timepieces that were released this year, each symbolic of a mark in the brand’s history. Despite entering the realm of Haute Horlogerie later in the game, the Swiss-watchmaker has since carved itself a strong reputation which closely follows the brand’s philosophy ‘Be First, Different and Unique’. They are considered visionaries with the invention of the ‘Art of Fusion’ technique combining gold with rubber.
Hublot’s avant-garde ideas created several Manufacture movements, Unico, Meca-10 and Tourbillon, as well as such ingenious ideas such as scratch-resistant Magic Gold as well as the world’s first coloured ceramic timepiece. Hublot has also worked with organisations such as the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA EURO and Ferrari, with their most recent collaboration being the brand’s first smartwatch, Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 World Cup Russia Connected Watch.
Dating back to 2011, the alliance between Hublot and Ferrari have brought to the world such unique pieces as the ‘Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph Carbon Yellow’ and the ‘MP-05 La Ferrari’.
To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari, the world’s most successful racing team, Hublot has released the Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary watch. The Big Bang Scuderia Ferrari 90th Anniversary series comes in three variations, all limited edition which share the famed preeminent UNICO movement of Hublot, a flyback chronograph with a 72-hour power reserve, a 45-mm-diameter dial as well as a bezel made from ceramic carbon.
Drawing inspiration from the early years of the team, the first version of the 90th Anniversary watch are represented in its vintage, speedometer dials, with a platinum case and stitched perforated strap to evoke the peccary leather seats of the old cars used. The second edition of the chronograph uses 3D carbon for the case, with the strap decorated with bright red and black stitching made from a fire-resistant synthetic fibre used in the racer’s suit called Nomex. The colours mirror the present-day Scuderia Ferrari single-seater Formula 1 cars. The final edition boasts a transparent case made from sapphire, for a futuristic style, with the strap showing off a Kevlar look to ensure the success of Scuderia Ferrari lives on past their 90th Anniversary.
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Hublot has also worked with renowned French sculptor, Richard Orlinski to create the effervescent objet d’art, Classic Fusion Orlinski. A timepiece that exhibits artistic and technological genius, the folds on the case and face of the watch, miniaturised by horological precision, is meant to create a mirror effect. With a matte strap of black rubber that contrasts heavily with the diamond-set cases, this chronograph enthralls both jewellers and watch aficionados alike. Set with 54 diamonds, the bezel rests on a 40-mm-diameter case with 112 diamonds. Hosting an Aerofusion Chronograph and Tourbillon with self-winding movement and a power reserve of 42 hours, the Classic Fusion Orlinski is art in embodiment itself at the hands of Richard Orlinski.
Hublot also saw the release of the ultimate fusion of Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie with the Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold. Visually bedazzling, the 45-mm timepiece boasts 176 coloured gemstones on the case, 48 Baguettecut coloured gemstones in the bezel and 212 coloured gemstones on the dial making it a 436 gem-studded affair. The Big Bang Unico Rainbow King also boasts a UNICO Manufacture movement, self-winding chronograph and Flyback Movement with an impressive 72-hour power reserve. Held together with a black rubber and multicoloured Alligator strap that directly contrasts the 18K King Gold bezel, the Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold is unquestionably a collector piece.