Dedicated to the “Art of Fusion”, Hublot watches combine new and groundbreaking composite materials with traditional Swiss manufacturing methods. The name Hublot means “porthole” in French, which is what the timepieces resembled: a strong circular shape punctuated by bolts around a heavy-set bezel. An extremely innovative company, Hublot is always acutely aware of its clients’ needs and continuously surpasses expectations with exclusive and luxurious timepieces.
The History of Hublot Watches
Hublot watches were the brainchild of Carlo Crocco, who came from a long line of well-respected watchmakers. His uncle formed the Italian watch company Binda, in which Carlo worked diligently for over 30 years. Then, in 1976, he decided to break away and launch his own career in watchmaking. Four years later, Crocco went to Geneva to set up the business and set about creating a stylish and sailing-friendly timepiece. Dubbed the Hublot (now known as the Classic collection), the original design resembled the porthole windows on a ship. The strap was made from natural rubber, a first for Swiss watches, with the powerful combination of gold watch and rubber strap leading to the brand’s overall theme: fusion.
The porthole design and inclusion of rubber strap was a major risk for the brand. Hublot was snubbed by traditionalists, something which could well have been fatal for the company. Instead, Hublot ended up becoming a favourite among Royal Families in Europe, with people like Juan Carlos I of Spain becoming avid fans. The brand’s growing reputation as the watch of royalty catapulted it to fame, enabling it to stand toe-to-toe with manufacturers that had been established over a century before.
Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Hublot enjoyed considerable success with just its single original collection. Beautiful diving and chronographs were designed to fit the overarching theme, with the brand rarely veering far from the porthole design. By the early 2000s, however, the brand’s popularity was beginning to wane and Crocco decided he wanted to focus on other projects. In came Jean-Claude Biver in 2004, a man who had considerable experience in revitalising or even reviving struggling watch firms. Biver is perhaps most known for reviving Blancpain and reinventing the Omega brand. He was immediately struck by Hublot’s philosophy of combining unusual materials and decided to build the brand by laser-focusing on this theme.
A year later, Hublot unveiled the Big Bang at Baselworld 2005. Drawing on and expanding the porthole design and fusion of previous watches, the timepiece was a huge success and is widely regarded as one of the most iconic sports timepieces of the 21st century. The Big Bang collection has expanded widely over the years, including the Big Bang 41mm, Big Bang 44mm, and the Big Bang King.
The year 2009 saw the release of the King Power, which boasts a sophisticated and almost military-style look. At 48mm, its size divided opinion, but it still felt comfortable on the wrist thanks to its lightweight materials and leather strap. It features a Hublot-designed UNICO movement and became popular amongst many sports stars, including Diego Maradona and Usain Bolt.
As a company, Hublot also entered into several partnerships within the world of sport. In 2014, it partnered with the Dallas Cowboys and debuted three limited edition collections to mark the event: Classic Fusion Dallas Cowboys men’s and ladies’ and the King Power Dallas Cowboys. The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was Hublot’s fourth tournament as Official Timekeeper. To commemorate this, the company launched the ‘Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia’, which was its very first smartwatch.
Second Hand Hublot Watches from Blowers Jewellers
If you are looking for pre-owned Hublot watches, Blowers Jewellers is here to help. We are the destination of choice for collectors and enthusiasts alike, and enjoy nothing more than assisting our clients with finding the right item of jewellery for them.
Our range of second hand Hublot watches come in either a used or unused condition, and are available to be viewed at our boutique in Kingston Upon Hull or by appointment at our office in London’s Mayfair. Each exquisite timepiece has been hand chosen by our team of experts, ensuring you are only dealing with watches that are of the highest quality. In addition, they come with a warranty of twelve months up to five years.
We are dedicated to helping our clients at every stage of their journey, which is why we are even able to assist if you are looking to part with your Hublot watch. You can take advantage of our generous part exchange system if you would like to purchase something new, or we can buy your timepiece outright if you so prefer. Whichever option you choose, simply provide us with a few details about your watch and we will respond with what we believe is the best possible price within 48 hours.
Purchasing your ideal timepiece should be an extremely personal experience. This is why we will take the time to understand your tastes and requirements before recommending what we think is the best option for you. No matter if you are looking for a new investment opportunity, or to simply add to your collection, you are in safe hands with us. It is this client-centric and holistic approach that has seen customers return to us time and again.
For more information about how Blowers Jewellers can help, visit us in person or contact a member of our team today. We will do everything we can to assist.