If there’s one thing Hublot is known for, it’s mastering the horological rules and then breaking them. Compared to other Swiss legacy brands, Hublot is relatively young. Founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco, Hublot is known for its “art of fusion,” which combines the traditional craft of watchmaking with cutting edge materials and modern design.
Hublot literally means “porthole” in French, and is based on the first watch that Crocco designed with a trademark porthole bezel, yellow gold case, and integrated rubber strap. Since then, Hublot has been incorporating metals like titanium, ceramic, and gold in their watches.
Hublot is a prolific watchmaker, so if you’re thinking of getting one, you can choose from a wide variety of movements, designs, materials, and colors. You can start with the brand’s flagship Big Bang collection, the stylish Classic Fusion range, or the barrel-shaped Spirit of Big Bang line.
The Best Hublot Watches
There are so many great watches from this Swiss brand that it’s hard to narrow down our list, but here are our favorites.
Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic: Bold and Daring
The Big Bang is undoubtedly Hublot’s most famous collection with its huge size, sportiness, and distinctly industrial design. The Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic watch features a 45mm sapphire crystal case on both sides, which provides a clear view of the elaborate movement inside. It has a black satin ceramic bezel with 6 titanium screws to create that porthole look for which Hublot is known. The matte black skeleton dial contains two chronograph subdials at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. What makes this watch different from the earlier Big Bangs is its in-house Unico 1242 caliber, which has 330 individual hand-assembled pieces and a 72-hour power reserve.
Classic Fusion: Simple Yet Reliable
The watches from this collection are a bit more accessible than the iconic Big Bang. They are less flashy and have less crowded dials, perfect for those looking for a low-key, toned-down Hublot watch. For lovers of oversized watches, you can never go wrong with the 45mm Classic Fusion in titanium. At 45mm, the case is large but doesn’t feel chunky when worn. It has 6 screws on the bezel to serve as hour markers, unlike the 12 screws on the Classic Fusion watch. For the strap, you can choose between leather for more formal events and rubber for sportier occasions. This is powered by the automatic Hublot HUB 1112 caliber with a 42-hour power reserve.
Hublot Aero Bang: Complex Yet Stylish
The Aero Bang is a living testament to Hublot’s watchmaking skills and modern innovation. The skeleton design of this watch allows the wearer to see its complex mechanism inside. Despite its skeleton dial, reading time is easy with the watch’s large hands and legible markers. It’s powered by the Hublot HUB 44SQ caliber and houses a power reserve of up to 42 hours. Despite having a 44mm case, the fit of this Hublot is surprisingly good, even on a smaller wrist.
Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Diamonds: Elegance and Precision
The Spirit of Big Bang has all the familiar hallmarks of a traditional Big Bang, but in an entirely different form. This 39mm watch sports a tonneau-shaped case, and its bezel is accented with 50 white diamonds and six H-shaped screws. It also features a black sapphire glass dial and date indicator at the 6 o’clock position. This watch is water resistant up to 100 meters, and is powered by the Hublot HUB 1710 caliber with a power reserve of 50 hours.
Hublot Big Bang Integrated: An Avante-Garde Classic
What makes this collection different from the other Big Bangs is the integrated metal bracelet. It features a clear sapphire crystal front and back so the inside mechanism can be seen, with 6 H-shaped screws on its round bezel. The Big Bang Integrated is available in three versions: titanium, black ceramic, and King Gold. This 42mm watch is powered by the in-house Unico HUB1280 caliber which comprises 354 parts and a power reserve of 72 hours.
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