Hublot - Art of Creative Collaborations

Hublot - Art of Creative Collaborations

In 2004, a charismatic Jean-Claude Biver, then director of international marketing for Swatch Group’s Omega division, joined Hublot as the CEO. Under his leadership, Hublot became a huge success, and four years later was acquired by the LVMH Group. Biver’s genius was in marketing the flagship Big Bang Chronograph beyond the watch collecting community by forging several strong partnerships in sports, art and music.

In sports, Hublot had success with popular soccer teams in European leagues, FIFA World Cup soccer, UEFA EURO and Champions and Europa Leagues, Formula 1 racing, popular NBA basketball teams, the Cricket World Cup, golf and boxing. Hublot also developed a network of Friends of the Brand in gastronomy, art and music. Within its partnership network, Hublot built a diverse portfolio of collaborations, where the brand’s timepiece has been offered as a canvas for the collaborator to paint with his or her creativity. Such collaborations complement Hublot’s philosophy of The Art of Fusion perfectly. It is not just simple artwork on the dial, but it is a complete redesign of the watch to fuse the artist’s and the brand’s DNA. At the time of going to print, Hublot announced its newest ambassador, world No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic who proclaimed he would work with the brand to design a watch he would wear on the court, a first for the winner of 20 grand slams.

Novak Djokovic has joined the Hublot family since August 2021.
Novak Djokovic has joined the Hublot family since August 2021.

Ricardo Guadalupe, current CEO of Hublot, puts it succinctly, “At Hublot, in close collaboration with our partners, we create innovative, audacious and unique watches. Over the years, our collaborative approach with industry leaders, athletes and personalities has driven the creation of truly groundbreaking products.”

(From left) The charismatic Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
(From left) The charismatic Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.

Hublot and Music

DJ Snake

William Sami Étienne Grigahcine grew up in a suburban district outside of Paris, a place that he’s described as a ghetto and where he earned his moniker. The story goes that William spent much of his youth rapping, breakdancing and practicing graffiti art in the neighborhood. His ability to slip away from the police earned him the nickname “Snake”, and the name stuck with him as he transitioned into becoming a DJ.

William Sami Étienne Grigahcine also known as DJ Snake.
William Sami Étienne Grigahcine also known as DJ Snake.

“When I started DJing, because everyone called me ‘Snake’ in my city first, I was like ‘DJ Snake, OK let’s go for it.’ The name sucks, but it’s too late now,” William, aka DJ Snake, told Forbes in a 2015 interview. The young man was able to take the name far and wide with his skill as a DJ artist and came to the attention of his manager, Steve Goncalves, in 2005. It was Goncalves who recognized his talent as a musician and encouraged him to release his own songs.

His music began to get some real traction in 2011 when he was invited to produce original tracks for Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way. The work earned him a Grammy nomination and caught the attention of music industry titans like Diddy and T-Pain. Several of his original songs were released by the likes of Columbia Records and Diplo’s Mad Decent label in 2013.

The following years would see a meteoric rise in success and opportunity as DJ Snake collaborated with a laundry list of the industry’s who’s who. In 2013, his collaboration with Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What,” was released by Columbia Records. DJ Snake earned a second Grammy nomination, and the video for the song won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction.

In 2015, he worked with Major Lazer and MØ to create the track “Lean On,” which hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and was named by Time magazine as one of the “Best Songs of 2015.” The track surpassed half a billion plays on Spotify by November that year to make it one of the most streamed songs ever.

“Lean On” music video has over 3.1 billion views on YouTube.
“Lean On” music video has over 3.1 billion views on YouTube.

DJ Snake has also worked with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna. In 2018, he began working with a collective of three other French DJs, Tchami, Mercer and Malaa on a project named Pardon My French. Its mission statement included promoting electronic music and bringing together French artists who share a passion for music. The team launched their own brand of clothing in 2016 and continued to tour through 2019.

Pardon My French
Pardon My French

In March of 2018, DJ Snake established his own record label — Premiere Classe has released tracks from a growing list of artists including Mercer, Malaa, Plastic Toy, and Aazar & Bellecour.

It was always a dream of William to be in a position to lift up others and shine a light on people he believed in. As such, his label will not be limited to any particular genre; rather, it will remain a flexible platform to showcase talent and give a stage to the different cultural influences that drove his own love of music.

“I was given a chance some time ago, and it changed my life forever. I want to be able to give the same chance to the next generation of artists. There’s a new wave coming, and we are going to be a part of it. No politics. Just dope shit,” he has said of his record label.

Big Bang DJ Snake

Hublot and DJ Snake began their partnership in 2018 when he presided over the decks at Hublot’s closing event during the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Three years later, the world is seeing the fruit of that collaboration in the form of a brand new Big Bang with a uniquely DJ Snake sense of style and panache.

The globe on the dial represents global presence of DJ Snake's music and travels
The globe on the dial represents global presence of DJ Snake's music and travels

Watch connoisseurs are no stranger to the iconic Big Bang, Hublot’s flagship timepiece since the early 2000s under Jean-Claude Biver’s leadership. The design was inspired by the original model from 1980 with its porthole bezel, exposed screws and rubber wrist strap.

The Big Bang DJ Snake has its echoes of the past, with the porthole shape and the exposed screws still front and center. But it’s here that the similarities end, as the DJ Snake boasts a very different aesthetic from the original Big Bang. The case is a technical marvel of titanium that has been colorized with a “Newton’s Rings” effect to create a finish that shifts color in different light conditions and at different angles. The final effect of the process is an iridescence that is both beautiful and technically challenging.

The porthole shape of the bezel has seen another revolution in shape with six cut-out notches designed by DJ Snake that add a touch of instantly identifiable personality to the iconic Big Bang profile. The upper dial features a globe depicted in the same colorway as the titanium bezel and represents the global presence of DJ Snake’s music and travels. The lower section is skeletonized and treated to create sections with a black fumé finish that reveal the HUB1242 Unico in-house automatic movement.

Six cut-out notches on the bezel designed by DJ Snake
Six cut-out notches on the bezel designed by DJ Snake
The HUB1242 Unico in-house automatic movement
The HUB1242 Unico in-house automatic movement

The mechanicals include a flyback chronograph complication with column wheel and a power reserve of 72 hours. The hands are oversized and skeletonized with a minute track in a simple black around the outer edge of the dial.

Each of the 100 limited edition pieces includes two straps — the first is a camouflage rubber strap in gray, purple and black; the second is a black rubber strap with a ribbed texture. These can be easily exchanged due to the patented Hublot One Click system. Both feature a titanium buckle with the same “Newton’s Rings” effect as the case.

“To be able to wear — and also offer my fans — a watch which reflects my personality is something that has been very important to me since the start of my partnership with Hublot. I am delighted to have been able to combine my inspiration with the expertise of the fantastic watchmakers and technicians at this Swiss brand,” DJ Snake said of the collaboration.

Tech Specs: Hublot Big Bang DJ Snake

Ref 411.NN.0179.RX.DJS21
Ref 411.NN.0179.RX.DJS21

Movement: Self-winding Unico caliber 1242; 72-hour power reserve.
Functions: Hours, minutes, Polished Rhodium-Plated Hand, chronograph and a skeleton calendar display at 3 o’clock.
Case: 45mm; iridescent polished and satin-finished titanium; water resistant to 100m.
Dial: Sapphire dial with silver metal counters and printed map of the world in gradations of color.
Strap: Gray, black and purple camouflage rubber and ribbed black rubber; black PVD titanium and iridescent titanium deployant buckle.
Price and availability: USD 26,200.00; Limited edition of 100 pieces.


Hublot and Art

Partnership with Sang Bleu

Maxime Plescia-Buchi is a Swiss-born artist and entrepreneur and a bit of a renaissance man. He’s the founder and director of a design studio called Sang Bleu — meaning “Blue Blood” in French — that has created a bit of a cultural whirlwind in its wake. The studio’s contributions to art, publishing and fashion have spanned the globe.

Maxime Plescia-Buchi, Tattoo Artist & Founder of Sang Bleu
Maxime Plescia-Buchi, Tattoo Artist & Founder of Sang Bleu

There’s the magazine, Sang Bleu, that is an art book of culture, fashion, performance art, literature and tattooing with a focus on the edgier side of beauty. Novembre is another magazine with a modern take on fashion and contemporary art for a Swiss audience.

Plescia-Buchi is also a talented tattoo artist who started a tattoo shop called Sang Bleu in London’s East End in 2013. There are now franchises in Zurich and L.A. and Plescia-Buchi’s work has gained the attention of celebrities like Kanye West, Sophie Turner, and Adam Lambert.

From magazines to tattoos to fonts to fashion collaborations, Plescia-Buchi has made a lasting impression on the world of art and design with his wide range of interests and boundless energy. Hublot and Plescia-Buchi have collaborated several times over the years to create a line of Big Bang Sang Bleu models with all his flair for modern art and controversy.

“For me, the coming together of Sang Bleu and Hublot is a ‘match made in heaven’ insofar as the two projects, in their respective domains, represent the highest level of technical and creative innovation without ever compromising the quality of their aesthetics,” Plescia-Buchi said of the collaboration. “A feature of Sang Bleu and Hublot is the principle of ‘fusion,’ in their manner of building bridges between materials, techniques and cultures. As a watch lover, I have always dreamed of such a collaboration, and I cannot imagine a greater opportunity to further develop my creative scope and the reach of Sang Bleu.”

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic in blue, white and grey colorways
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic in blue, white and grey colorways

Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic

Hublot’s collaborations with Sang Bleu since 2016 have been both an artistic and a commercial success. Last year Sang Bleu II All Black was received with great accolades. This year Sang Bleu design studio has pulled out all the stops with release of colorful ceramic trio. Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic is now available in blue, grey and white colorways – each timepiece showcasing a unique personality.

While each watch may offer something unique, the common theme remains – a multidimensional case with Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic in blue, white and grey colorways sharp angles and with facets cut in the shape of a diamond. The skeletonized dial itself requires closer inspection to appreciate the complex geometrical patterns woven in layers above the visible movement.

Multi-dimensional case with sharp angles and facets cut in the shape of diamonds
Multi-dimensional case with sharp angles and facets cut in the shape of diamonds
Polished and satin-finished ceramic case
Polished and satin-finished ceramic case

The grey color transforms the ceramic Sang Bleu II into a contemporary piece evocative of 21st century urban metropolis, sprawling with architecture built with modern materials like steel, titanium, and aluminum. The royal blue is symbolic of the name Sang Bleu “blue blood”, which is used in historical literature to describe the nobility of a lineage. Lastly, the white color appears deceivingly simple, hiding all the complexities in plain sight. But with the flick of the wrist, everything is revealed as the light plays tricks with the ceramic polished and satin-finished case.

All three watches are fitted with Hublot’s in-house HUB1240.MXM Unico automatic flyback column-wheel chronograph movement, and boasts power reserve of 72 hours. The case size of 45mm gives the watch a sense of powerful presence. The accompanying rubber strap also offers matching geometric patterns as the watch, and features the One Click system which enables it to be swapped out for another strap without any tools. Each Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic colorway is available as a limited edition of 200 pieces.

Tech Specs: Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II

Ref 418.FX.8007. RX.MXM21 Grey ceramic version
Ref 418.FX.8007. RX.MXM21 Grey ceramic version
Ref 418.HX.2001.RX.MXM21 White ceramic version
Ref 418.HX.2001.RX.MXM21 White ceramic version
Ref 418.EX.5107.RX.MXM21 Blue ceramic version
Ref 418.EX.5107.RX.MXM21 Blue ceramic version

Movement: Calibre Hublot HUB1240.MXM Unico Manufacture self-winding Chronograph Flyback movement with column wheel
Function: Hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph CASE 45mm; white polished and satin-finished ceramic with satin-finished ceramic bezel, blue polished and satin- finished with satin-finished ceramic bezel, and grey polished and satin-finished ceramic with satin-finished ceramic bezel; water resistant to 100m
Dial: Matte white, blue and grey skeleton
Strap: White ceramic: black and white rubber strap with Sang Bleu design deployant buckle clasp in black ceramic and black titanium PVD. Blue ceramic: black and blue rubber strap with Sang Bleu design deployant buckle clasp in black ceramic and black titanium PVD. Grey ceramic: black and grey rubber strap with Sang Bleu design deployant buckle clasp in black ceramic and black titanium PVD
Pricing and availability: USD 27,300; Each version limited of 200 pieces


Partnership with Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary artist known for his street art, activism, illustrations and design work. His iconic series of posters for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential candidacy, including the iconic “HOPE” portrait, are some of his most well-known, and oft-imitated, works.

American contemporary artist Shepard Fairey
American contemporary artist Shepard Fairey

He often creates artwork to promote awareness of social issues and to shine light on the organizations and people who fight for causes that he believes in. The Obey Clothing line stepped up in 2007 to give him a platform for monetizing his art with the Obey Awareness Program. 100 percent of the profits from his specially designed merchandise for the project is sent to organizations such as Hope for Darfur, 11th Hour Project, Feeding America and earthquake relief in Haiti.

Fairey is also a Type 1 diabetic and often contributes to non-profit organizations that assist in medical research as, for me, this evokes the connection between the inner self and the outer world. A powerful concept to consider when looking at a watch and thinking about time.”

Hublot and Fairey have collaborated on two watch designs. With the Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey, he created an elaborate mandala style titanium sculpture in miniature for a beautiful and unusual timepiece.

Hublot Classic Fusion Chrongraph Shepard Fairey with three-dimensional mandala dial design
Hublot Classic Fusion Chrongraph Shepard Fairey with three-dimensional mandala dial design

“Hublot’s watchmakers and engineers are true masters in their field, enabling me to go further in expressing my inspiration and pushing the limits imposed by the materials and technology,” Fairey said of the collaboration. “I must say, I am very impressed with the final result of this second timepiece that I have created in collaboration with Hublot. I wanted to integrate the art of the mandala into the piece as, for me, this evokes the connection between the inner self and the outer world. A powerful concept to consider when looking at a watch and thinking about time.”

Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey

The dial is a piece of art. The inspiration was a mandala made three-dimensional, a symbol found in several cultures and representing harmony and the cycle of life. The pattern is worked in monochromatic titanium and black brushed detail that cannot help but grip the attention at first sight. At the center of the dial is the “Star Gear,” Fairey’s signature mark.

The 45mm case continues the design to the outside of the sapphire for a cohesive timepiece that is both beautiful and gritty at the same time, like most street art.

Tech Specs: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey

Ref 525.NX.0137.RX.SHF21
Ref 525.NX.0137.RX.SHF21

Movement: Self-winding skeletonized caliber HUB1155; 42- hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph CASE 45mm; engraved and black brushed titanium; water resistant to 50m
Dial: Printed décor designed by Shepard Fairey; luminescent hour markers
Strap: Black lined rubber; black brushed stainless steel and black-plated stainless steel deployant buckle clasp
Pricing and availability: USD 22,000; Limited edition of 50 pieces


Partnership with Orlinksi

Richard Orlinski is the best-selling French contemporary artist in the world, but he’s been well known to display his work for free to make it accessible to the greatest number. He chooses to exhibit his work in unusual venues in order to expose the maximum number of people to modern art in the hopes that he can influence passionate new fans.

Richard Orlinski, the best-selling French contemporary artist in the world
Richard Orlinski, the best-selling French contemporary artist in the world

Born in Paris in 1966, he grew up amid the hype and flamboyance of the Pop Art movement. Bright colors and an unusual interest in everyday objects influence his style to this day. He’s best known for his work with objects of nature or mundanity done in unusual textures and colors and the almost featureless cubist angles and planes of his recognizable shapes.

Those edges and facets made their appearance when Hublot and Orlinski first collaborated in 2017 on the Classic Fusion Orlinski 40mm. According to Orlinski, “The fusion of our two universes — that of Hublot who takes precious materials to create exceptional products, and my own bright world of color inspired by pop art — came about quite spontaneously, almost naturally.”

Classic Fusion Orlinski

Hublot chose to represent Orlinski’s design for the Classic Fusion watch in ceramic for its smooth finish and color possibilities that aligned well with the artist’s faceted style. The dial and case are perfect examples of Neo-Pop with clean, polished surfaces molded to the bevels and edges like fine origami. The effect is startling in its simplicity. The hands and applied indexes pair well with the exposed screws as a touch of contrast to the monochromatic black or blue ceramic and matching rubber strap.

The bright blue and glossy black colors are reminiscent of the color codes used in Orlinski’s XXL bestiary. Orlinski states, “I’m delighted to unveil two new versions of the Classic Fusion Orlinski. These two monochrome editions are perfectly in line with the DNA of the fusion of our two worlds, that of the House of Hublot, which shapes precious materials and dreams up extraordinary products, and like Give to Cure. He created the first Give to Cure sticker mine, a world of pop and color.”

Tech Specs: Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski

Black Magic, Ref 550.CS.1800.RX.ORL21
Black Magic, Ref 550.CS.1800.RX.ORL21

Movement: Self-winding caliber HUB1100; 42-hour power reserve
Fuctions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Case: 40mm; Polished black ceramic; water resistant to 50m
Dial: Faceted black ceramic; applied hour markers STRAP Black smooth rubber; black-plated stainless steel folding clasp
Pricing: USD 13,600

Blue Ceramic, Ref 550.ES.5100.RX.ORL21
Blue Ceramic, Ref 550.ES.5100.RX.ORL21

Movement: Self-winding caliber HUB1100; 42-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Case: 40mm; Polished blue ceramic; water resistant to 50m
Dial: Faceted blue ceramic; applied hour markers STRAP Blue smooth rubber; stainless steel folding clasp
Pricing: USD 13,600


Partnership with Murakami

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist and sculpture who has branched out successfully to fashion, merchandise and animation. His work is best known for its ability to cross the boundary between sophisticated, highbrow art and the “low art” of popular culture. His theory named “Superflat” posits that the “low” arts like manga and anime have deep roots in ancient two-dimensional imagery from Japan’s long history of art.

Renowned Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami (Photo by RK ©︎2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.)
Renowned Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami (Photo by RK ©︎2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.)

In support of his own theory, his work often subverts the expectations of the connoisseur by presenting popular culture imagery with exquisite craftsmanship and expensive media and then creating plush toys and T-shirts from his less facetious high-art works.

He’s worked in fashion with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh, contributing his artwork for use in commercial ventures. He’s also worked with musicians like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams for cover designs and collaborative sculpture. His work in animation garnered him partnerships with artists like Billie Eilish and McG, showcasing his unique vision as a collaborative art for music.

A visit to the Hublot manufacture in 2020 sparked a creative process that resulted in the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami, which featured a design inspired by his icon, the smiling flower.

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami visits Hublot manufacture
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami visits Hublot manufacture

“When I visited the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland for the first time, I realized to what extent the traditional know-how, precision, futuristic technology and craftsmanship were all intertwined in the creation of a watch. Bringing my art into the creativity of these watchmakers represents a unique adventure for me,” said Murakami of his experience.

Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black

The dial of the Classic Fusion designed by Takashi Murakami perfectly exemplifies his design philosophy of high art meeting low art. At first glance, the design is modern and simple, a flower shaped in black ceramic, petals radiating from a smiling face. It’s joyful with an urban treatment in all black.

Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black featuring black lacquered dial with rotating décor and black-plated petals set with black diamonds ©TM/KK
Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black featuring black lacquered dial with rotating décor and black-plated petals set with black diamonds ©TM/KK

The engineers at Hublot elevate the design to something much more sophisticated as the petals begin to move. The center of the smiling face is inserted into the sapphire glass for a three-dimensional effect. The petals and face are then elevated again with almost 600 black diamonds. This unity of a simple flower design, almost cartoonish in nature, with the complex horology of the timepiece is a perfect platform to showcase Murakami’s talent as an artist.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, talks about the artist’s far-reaching appeal, “Takashi Murakami is an international star, not only in contemporary art circles but also with the general public. He shakes up the borders between art and pop culture. It is a real privilege to see him join our team of ambassadors. We are delighted with the launch of this watch-work of art!”

In-house Hublot Unico 1214 automatic movement with 72-hour power reserve
In-house Hublot Unico 1214 automatic movement with 72-hour power reserve

Tech Specs: Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black

Ref 507.CX.9000.RX.TAK21
Ref 507.CX.9000.RX.TAK21

Movement: Self-winding Unico caliber 1214; 72-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours and minutes
Case: 45mm; satin-finished and polished black ceramic; water resistant to 50m
Dial: Black lacquered with rotating décor featuring black- plated petals and set with black diamonds; black hour markers STRAP Black lined rubber; black-plated stainless steel folding clasp
Pricing and availability: USD 27,300; Limited edition of 200 pieces


Hublot and Sports

Dina Asher-Smith

From an early age, Dina was dreaming of one good day at the Olympics. “I wanted to go to the Olympics after I watched Kelly Holmes win in Athens,” she has said of the 2004 Games in which Holmes secured two gold medals. “I knew that I wanted to go to the Olympics before I knew that I wanted to be a sprinter.”

Asher-Smith was born and raised in Greater London and is no stranger to athletic success. She was breaking records from a young age and was named “the fastest woman in the world in 2018” after winning three gold medals at the European Championships in Berlin.

In 2019, she ran the 100 meters in 10.83 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, and secured the record for fastest British woman in recorded history as well as taking the gold for the 200m sprint.

Dina ran the 100 meters in 10.83 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019
Dina ran the 100 meters in 10.83 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019

It was a heartbreaking turn of events when a torn hamstring during the British Olympic trials kept her from competing in Tokyo for both the 100m and the 200m with the relay team, including Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot and Daryll Neita, in the 4 × 100m, breaking the national record with an impressive 41.55 seconds and securing a bronze medal for Team Great Britain.

Breaking the national record with an impressive 41.55 seconds and securing a bronze medal for Team Great Britain

She is a world-class athlete and there are many more championships ahead. In her own words, “I’m just so proud. This is my first Olympic medal and I know this is the start of something great. I’m so chuffed.”

The career of an athlete is an interesting rollercoaster with wins and losses, hardship and victory, and it takes a strategy to earn enough income to continue training. One of the best ways to secure financial independence as an athlete is through sponsorships from brands that believe in you.

Hublot has long been a supporter of athletic careers through Ambassador and Friend of the Brand programs. It’s a win-win collaboration between a personality that represents the ideals of the brand and a person who admires a watch brand enough to commit to an official relationship.

These sponsorships make it possible for someone to dedicate the incredible number of hours in training and preparation to compete for awards and rise to the top of their field. For a very few, like Dina Asher-Smith, it can mean achieving the kind of performances that goes on to win Olympic medals.

Celebrated British sprinter and Olympian Dina Asher-Smith and Hublot Friend of the Brand
Celebrated British sprinter and Olympian Dina Asher-Smith and Hublot Friend of the Brand

Big Bang One Click 33MM

At a petite 5 feet, 5 inches, Asher-Smith looks for a watch that will not overwhelm her wrist size. The Big Bang One Click, available in a modest diameter of 33mm in stainless steel or King Gold, is the perfect fit. The matte black or white dial provides a striking contrast against the polished and satin-finished steel or 18K King Gold case, both with 36 diamonds set inside the composite resin bezel. The model is an elegant take on the porthole shape, with gleaming exposed screws around the bezel and multi-faceted hands and indexes.

The versatile and patented “One Click” fastening system allows the timepiece to take on an alternative appearance in a single click with the change of the rubber strap. Hublot provides several color options in pink or sky blue, red, royal blue, green or orange, all available to express your individuality and complement your style.

Hublot Big Bang One Click Diamonds in Steel and Black Gold with diamond-set bezel
Hublot Big Bang One Click Diamonds in Steel and Black Gold with diamond-set bezel

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, explains, “For almost 40 years, the brand has been one of the only ones to use natural rubber to make watch straps that are recognized by enthusiasts as the Hublot signature style. The soft and supple touch of this unexpected material in haute horlogerie is an asset, in addition to the range of colors that appeals to fans of precision and elegance.”

Tech Specs: Hublot Big Bang One Click

Steel Diamonds, Ref 485.SX.1170.RX.1204
Steel Diamonds, Ref 485.SX.1170.RX.1204

Movement: Self-winding caliber 1120; 40-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Case: 33mm; satin-finished and polished stainless steel with diamond-set bezel; water resistant to 100m
Dial: Matte black; luminescent applied Arabic numerals and hour markers
Strap: Black structured lined rubber; steel folding clasp
Pricing: USD 12,500

Steel White Diamonds, Ref 485.SE.2010.RW.1204
Steel White Diamonds, Ref 485.SE.2010.RW.1204

Movement: Self-winding caliber 1120; 40-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Case: 33mm; satin-finished and polished stainless steel with diamond-set bezel; water resistant to 100m
Dial: Matte white; luminescent applied Arabic numerals and hour markers
Strap: White structured lined rubber; steel folding clasp
Pricing: USD 12,500

King Gold Diamonds, Ref 485.OX.1180.RX.1204
King Gold Diamonds, Ref 485.OX.1180.RX.1204

Movement: Self-winding caliber 1120; 40-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Case: 33mm; satin-finished and polished 18K King Gold with diamond-set bezel; water resistant to 100m
Dial: Matte black; luminescent applied Arabic numerals and hour markers
Strap: Black structured lined rubber; 18K King Gold and black- plated stainless steel folding clasp
Pricing: USD 23,100

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