Brand - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Hublot

Perimeter brand  FHH

History

The first Hublot watch saw daylight in 1980 at the behest of Carlo Crocco. In an unprecedented fusion of materials, it mounted a gold case on a rubber strap.

Appointed Chief Executive in 2004, Jean-Claude Biver took the concept further still with more innovative alliances of ceramic, titanium, magnesium and carbon, even King Gold, the brand's own alloy. The brand's first collection, Big Bang, was an instant hit, soon followed by King Power. Sold to LVMH in 2008, Hublot began its vertical integration, producing its own movements at new manufacturing facilities in Nyon, Switzerland, and opening a new division that specialises in grandes complications.



Key dates

Carlo Crocco creates the very first Hublot watch. Made from gold, it

features the first ever black natural rubber strap to be used in

watchmaking.

Jean-Claude Biver takes over as CEO of Hublot. Reinterpreting the

brand's DNA, he relaunches the "fusion" concept of combining materials

such as gold and ceramic, tantalum and red gold, magnesium and titanium,

while faithfully preserving the instantly recognisable design of Hublot

watches.

2005

Less than a month after his arrival, Jean-Claude Biver succeeds in his

ambition to present a new collection at the Baselworld show, featuring a

chronograph which is revolutionary both in terms of concept and design:

The Big Bang. This watch wins the Best Design award in the Geneva Watch

Festival's "Grand Prix d’Horlogerie" competition. Hublot subsequently

undergoes extraordinary growth, winning awards, accolades and orders

alike.

The birth of Hublot TV, the first internet TV channel launched by a luxury brand.

The launch of the Big Bang All Black featuring the brand new Hublot concept of "invisible visibility".

Hublot opens its first boutique in rue Saint-Honoré, Paris. The

following summer sees the opening of a second boutique in the Hôtel

Byblos in Saint-Tropez.

An impressive Big Bang diving watch is unveiled with a beautifully balanced 48 mm oversized case.

Hublot presents its first in-house-produced Big Bang reflecting the "3 M" concept: monomatière (one material), monochrome (one colour), microbillée (microblasted).

This watch is voted Best Technological Innovation in Bahrain.

At the same time, the spectacular One Million $ BB, a masterpiece of invisible stone setting, is voted Best Jewellery Watch in the Geneva Watch Festival's "Grand Prix d’Horlogerie" competition.

First Big Bang designed exclusively for

women and the launch of the new "Classic Fusion" collection with a more

traditional, elegant sport-chic style.

The French LVMH Group - the world's leading luxury goods group - acquires Hublot in April.

Jean-Claude Biver is voted "Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year" by PME Magazine, and "CEO of the Year" at the Premier Middle East Watches awards.

Jean-Claude Biver is voted "Man of the Year 2009" by the Orologi da Polso, La revue des montres, GMT and Business Montres magazines.

The One Million $ Black Caviar receives the "Best Jewellery Watch" award in the Geneva Watch Festival's "Grand Prix d’Horlogerie" competition.

Hublot presents the new King Power collection. Remaining true to

its philosophy, the watchmaker pushes the limits with a more powerful

and modern 48 mm diameter case, a dial featuring several levels, an

overmoulded rubber bezel and relief screws.

Hublot opens its new high-tech manufacture in Nyon on the banks of Lake Geneva: 6,000m2 dedicated to the watchmaker's art and the creation of the UNICO movement, a column-wheel chronograph movement integrated into the dial side, conceived, developed and produced entirely by Hublot.

The first King Power models equipped with the Unico movement leave the production line.

A Grande Complication department is created within the Hublot manufacture, home to around thirty watchmakers, prototype designers, electroplating technicians and engineers from former Hublot supplier BNB, all specialising in Grande Complication movements.

Hublot celebrates its thirty-year anniversary by launching the Manufacture Tourbillon. Launche of the new Masterpiece watch line.

Hublot becomes FIFA's Official Watch, Official Time Keeper for the next two football World Cups and Official Watchmaker for the Formula1.

Hublot is chosen as Official Timekeeper of the Alpine and Nordic Skiing Championships.

In Bale, Hublot unveils a world premiere with a Cathedral Minute Repeater, Tourbillon, Column-wheel Chronograph in carbon fibre, which is used also for the movement bridges.

Hublot presents the Oceanographic 4000 in partnership with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Ricardo Guadalupe est nommé CEO de Hublot, tandis que Jean-Claude Biver devient Chairman de l'entreprise.

Hublot devient partenaire horloger de Ferrari. Il ne s'agit pas d'un simple accord de création de produit dérivé ou de sponsoring. C’est un accord complet qui couvre toutes les activités de Ferrari et de Hublot, tant au niveau de l’image de marque que des activités commerciales des deux entreprises.

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