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Hublot prides itself on disruptive design. Originally launched as MDM Genève in 1980, the firm’s first product, the “Hublot,” enraged traditionalists by combining a solid-gold case with a rubber strap. Since 2005, Hublot has made its name as a provocateur with blockbuster launches such as the Big Bang, King Power, and Hublot Ferrari model lines. Nyon-based Hublot has come a long way since that first rubber strap, but it continues to tout the same audacity with material “fusions” including carbon fiber, ceramic, titanium, tantalum, sapphire, and all varieties of precious metals. Browse our pre-owned selection of near-mint condition Hublot watches to find a range of interesting models.
Since the inception of the brand, Hublot hasn’t been afraid to be different. The unique innovations and distinctive designs captured in these timepieces are what set this brand apart from more traditional watchmakers. Thanks to the efforts of Jean-Claude Biver in the 2000s, the maverick quality of Hublot watches is something that has caught the eye of consumers, as well as celebrities and sports superstars, such as Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt – the world’s fastest man, and even powerhouse couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. In fact, the rapper turned businessman has even forged a collaboration with Hublot, launching limited edition and dual-branded Shawn Carter by Hublot Classic Fusion watches. This kind of partnership is just one example of how Hublot is paving a new path in the world of luxury watches.
History of Hublot Watches
Hublot is a new watch brand compared to some of the other luxury names. Founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco in Nyon, Switzerland, the innovative brand is recognized for its distinct designs, unusual material combinations, and impeccable craftsmanship. During the same year Crocco released his first watches under the Hublot brand, it was declared to be the “watch of European Royalty,” which was an accomplishment that few others could match. Crocco had a mission with the founding of Hublot – to make a mark outside of his family’s well-known watch company, Binda. He eventually found his unique style by creating material synergies with a fusion of elements that were considered “unconventional” in the watchmaking industry during that time. The most unique element used, the natural rubber strap, is now ubiquitous for sports watches, but it’s popularity only emerged after Hublot’s pioneering usage. Interestingly, Hublot released the first ever gold watch on a rubber strap — the same piece also debuted the brand’s iconic bezel and screws which were inspired by a ship’s porthole.
Explore Their Top Collections
Although Hublot is known for playing with materials and pushing the envelope, they’re also recognized for exquisite craftsmanship and mesmerizing designs that attract collectors and enthusiasts who seek to diversify their collection. Learn more about a few of their top collections and find pre-owned models that are currently available.
Today, the Hublot Fusion is characterized by its opposing material makeup and robust style. Models are available in various functions from simple three-hand pieces to chronographs and moonphase watches. If you’re interested in a self-winding automatic watch, check out this Classic Fusion Aerofusion Black Magic reference equipped with a black ceramic case surrounding a skeleton dial. And, be sure to watch this expert review of the Aerofusion for an up-close look.
Bold and statement-worthy, the Hublot Big Bang comes in sizes up to 45mm and is the brand’s flagship model. Its avante garde design and technical and visual intrigue captures the attention of collectors around the world—plus, it’s available in a variety of styles and limited editions. For example, discover this pre-owned Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu All Black Limited Edition piece featuring hours, minutes, and seconds. This popular model group within the Big Bang collection was created in partnership with tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi — watch this exclusive interview with him to learn more.
If you love Hublot’s flagship model but prefer a barrel-shaped case, the Spirit of Big Bang is the perfect watch. This family of watches are 39, 42 or 45mm, and are powered by impressive calibers depending on their function — from chronographs to manual-wind timepieces. Additionally, most models are intricately skeletonized so wearers can see the oscillating movements in real time. Peruse this handsome ref. 601.NM.0173.LR to find a 45mm Spirit of Big Bang with a titanium case, black ceramic bezel, and sleek alligator strap.
What Makes Hublot Watches so Appealing?
One of the most appealing factors of the Hublot brand is the fact that these watches are extremely wearable. This means they feature components designed for day to day use, such as rubber sports straps and scratch resistant Magic Gold. These factors make it possible to enjoy a high-end, luxury watch, without having to worry about causing serious damage. Additionally, many collectors are fascinated by Hublot’s unique movements — learn more about Hublot Collecting for Movement Snobs.
Why Should You Purchase Pre-Owned Hublot Watches?
Buying a pre-owned Hublot watch opens up a huge array of options and styles. With pre-owned selections, you aren’t limited to what is in production right now. Instead, you can choose from the entire history of Hublot watches, to find the one that suits your style — just take this quartz Black Magic Desk Clock for example. WatchBox is a leading provider of used Hublot watches, offering customers a huge selection of these wearable, yet luxurious, watches. If you’re interested in Hublot, also be sure to explore our diverse selection of titanium, skeleton,chronograph, and sport watches as well.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hublot Watches
How much does a Hublot watch cost?
All pre-owned timepieces vary in cost based on many factors including condition, demand, boxing, and official documentation. However, our current inventory of Hublot watches range in cost from $6,450 to $179,950.
What is the Hublot brand known for?
Hublot is known for their disruptive designs, unique material combinations, and intriguing movements. From a historical standpoint, they are also credited with releasing the first watch with a solid-gold case and sporty rubber strap.
How can you tell if a Hublot watch is real?
The four elements you should look for in a real Hublot watch are the screws, rubber, materials, and serial number. First, inspect the screws on the watch case to ensure they’re evenly spaced and display what looks to be a rounded letter “H.” Next, all authentic Hublot pieces, even those with leather straps, feature a rubber base on the inside of the strap. Material is also important to consider—Hublot most often uses steel, titanium, carbon fiber, ceramic, tantalum, rose gold, Magic Gold, and sapphire. Lastly, every authentic piece has a clear, individualized serial number on the case back that is either 6 of 7-digits long.
How do you pronounce Hublot?
The Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot is pronounced with a silent “H,” long “U”, and silent “T.” The common French pronunciation is written as [yblo].
Are Hublot watches from WatchBox authentic?
Yes, all Hublot watches from WatchBox are authentic as they must pass a rigorous evaluation process before being presented for sale. Our in-house team of Swiss-trained watchmakers and refinishers bring each piece back to manufacture standards and ensure quality and functionality. Learn more about WatchBox by reading our story, or get detailed information about our authentication process.