Established by Carlo Crocco in 1980, Hublot Watches derives its name from a French World “Hublot” meaning Porthole. A Swiss watch manufacturing company, they are well known for their Hublot Definitive line that has 12 screws in the bezel that not only made the watch water proof but also did away with the markers as the 12 screws represented the 12 hours of the day. This resulted in a design that is understated but definitive at the same time. Even the strap of this watch is unique and different compared to the other watches of that time. The strap of the time piece was made out of natural rubber in which steel fibers were inter woven for a tactile but a comfortable and durable finish.
Hublot Watches has always been said to have played safe when it came to different designs and styles along with patterns. But post 2005 all this changed. Hublot launched the Big Bang wrist watch which changed the way they were perceived by their patron’s the world over. Although they retained the definitive design, this time piece used six screws instead of twelve screws.
They still used rubber in the strap but it now made use of different cutting edge materials such as the ceramic, titanium, Carbon fiber, aluminum and tungsten. These were further combined with stainless steel, yellow gold and even red gold to create an alluring fusion with a futuristic look and feel. All this was achieved under the visionary guidance of Jean-Claude Biver who was the CEO of the company at that time. Hence it was no surprise when the watch won numerous prizes at different award ceremonies including the “2005 Design Prize” in the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, a prestigious award no doubt.
The Big Bang wrist watch from the house of Hublot Watches soon became the ultimate example in luxurious sport watches and the following time pieces were endorsed by numerous celebrities from the field of sport. Another popular time piece from the sports range is the Hublot Big Bang Ayrton Senna Flyback Rattrapante Chronograph (Limited Edition Collection), which was manufactured in only 500 pieces. This time piece had a black ceramic case with a transparent exhibition case along with steel details. This watch was created in order to pay respect and homage to the contributions of Ayrton Senna who has won the World F1 Championships three times and was a great philanthropic contributing in order to improve the conditions of the poor people in Brazil. After his demise in 1994, Hublot collaborated with “Instituto Ayrton Senna” and manufactured their limited edition so that they can contribute the sales from this collection to the noble cause for which Senna was fighting.