Carlo Crocco used to be part of the Binda Group dynasty of Italy. The Binda Group is known for its Breil watches. In 1976, Crocco left the company to try his luck in the business. He formed MDM Geneve and he released the first watch under this brand in 1980. The watch’s porthole-like face inspired him to call it the “Hublot.”
The watch was an immediate hit. Buyers were attracted to Hublot’s modern style and innovative strap. Hublot had set a precedent by making use of the first natural rubber straps ever seen on a watch. It took three years to develop before it was decided that the strap was superior because of its ability to remain soft and supple even after extended use and exposure to the elements. It has since become a requirement for practically every watch brand.
Hublot has since been bought by the French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton S.A. It has become highly sought after that Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive officer of Formula One, was once mugged by a group of men for his Hublot watch. Endorsers include the entire Mancheter United football team, Usain Bolt, Diego Maradona and the surviving members of the family of Ayrton Senna.
Counterfeit Hublots have also appeared in the market, forcing Hublot to devise a system to authenticate their watches on its servers. It is called the WISeKey and it started operations in August 2009.
Hublot is known for making expensive watches. Here is a list of the top 10 most expensive Hublot watches.
1. The Hublot $5 million – $5 million
This is the most expensive watch in the world and the president of the company has already gone on record to say that it will be difficult to top this because of the limited nature and supply of the surface of the watch. It is encrusted with 1,200 diamonds weighing 140 carats in all. These include six stones that each weigh at least three carats. The company assigned 17 people to the project and it took them 14 months to finish creating the watch. American superstar Beyonce Knowles has already purchased one for her husband Jay-Z.
2. Hublot Million Dollar Black Caviar Bang – $1 million
The Million Dollar Black Caviar Bang won the Grand Prix de Geneve Jewellery Watch prize in 2009. The watch is made of white gold that weighs 18 carats. It does not have any numbers on its face and it has an adjustable leather strap. The case, clasp and crown dial are encrusted with baguette-cut black diamonds, part of the 544 diamonds that weigh 34.5 carats lain into the watch.
3. Hublot Masterpiece MP-02 – $305,000
The watch features three settings. The dial can be set to “slow” where an hour is shown as a quarter of an hour on the watch. The “normal” will tell the time accurately. The third speeds up time by interpreting each actual quarter hour as one hour on the watch. The practical application is actually limited but the watch is really a showcase of the complicated movement that Hublot is capable of creating. It is made of titanium and the strap, while it retains the black rubber material, sports a futuristic look. Power reserve can last up to four hours. Only 50 units were ever made.
4. Hublot Bigger Bang Diamond Tourbillon Limited Edition – $290,000
Only 18 pieces of this watch were ever made, thus making it rare and exclusive. It features a single push button located above the crown that will operate the chronograph. The bezel is set with 48 baguette diamonds, while the case is encrusted with 212 diamonds.
5. Hublot Bigger Bang – $260,000
This is the first watch to feature a column wheel chronograph. It also features a Flying Tourbillon that measures 13 and ¼ lines. It is housed in a diameter cage without ball bearings that measures 13 millimeters and raised 2.8 millimeters above the base of the bottom plate. The chronograph mechanism and the column wheel are the first time directly visible through the dial at 12 o’clock. The watch has 262 components created and regulated for the utmost precision. The power reserve should last for five days and the watch is encrusted with 33 rubies.
6. Hublot Big Bang King – $250,000
The case is made of ceramic. The watch features the standard rubber bracelet of Hublot watches. It also has a beautiful black dial and a sapphire crystal to ensure that the watch stays protected for an extended period of time. It has power reserve of up to 120 hours and the buckle is deployant. The watch is water-resist up to 100 meters. The watch is wound up manually and has an off-center hour and minute indicators at 12 o’clock. Seconds indicator is at six o’clock via the tourbillon cage.
7. Hublot Tourbillon Big Date Power Reserve Indicator – $200,000
This Hublot features a big date and a power reserve indicator. Power reserve can last up to five days. It is water resistant up to a distance of 100 meters. It has a black rubber strap with deployant buckles. The case is made of platinum and it has a black dial and ceramic bezel. This watch is manual winding.
8. Hublot Classic Pink Gold and Diamonds – $180,000
This watch was created with under the usual strict standards of Hublot, thus ensuring its accuracy, functionality, condition and water resistance. The steel case is encrusted with pink gold and diamonds. It has a rubber black bracelet and is powered by a Quartz movement.
9. Hublot Tourbillon Solo Bang – $170,000
Hublot Solo Bang watches have black ceramic cases, black ceramic bezel, black dial and manual winding tourbillon. It is resistant up to a distance of 100 meters. It also has a black rubber strap with deployant buckle.
10. Hublot Classic Fusion Zirconium – $160,000
This Hublot Classic Fusion is made of zirconium. It measures 45 millimeters in diameter with lateral inserts and bezel lugs. It is self-winding and the movement has chronograph function. Power reserve can last up to 42 hours. It has black rubber and alligator strap with deployant buckle. The watch is water resistant up to a distance of 50 meters
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