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A brief history of 'Hublot' - the french word for 'porthole'


2003 Carlo Crocco, realising other commitments are taking his attention away from the Hublot brand, begins a quest to find a watchmaker capable of taking the reins. He meets Jean-Claude Biver, the man who has taken Blancpain and Omega and made them huge players in the luxury watch industry.

2004 Jean-Claude Biver becomes CEO of Hublot. His first act is to create a whole new collection of luxury watches, which will debut at Basel in

2005 The Big Bang chronograph is revealed. Utilising modern materials and presenting a huge, bold face to the world, the Big Bang lives up to its name. It becomes an instant success, scoring a hit with collectors and gathering a series of prizes. Hublot’s orders triple in one year. The Big Bang wins 2005’s Design Prize at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. It also wins in the Sports Watch category at Japan’s Watch of the Year ceremony, and receives Best Oversized Watch at Bahrain’s Watch of the Year awards.

2006 Hublot’s sales increase from 24m Swiss francs to 100m Swiss francs. Biver unveils his Classic Fusion models, which take the shape and spirit of the Big Bang and incorporate exciting new materials. Over the next decade, Hublot will branch out repeatedly from the Big Bang template, redefining luxury watchmaking with its audacious MP range.

2011 Hublot releases the original MP Key of Time model, a unique luxury watch that allows the wearer to slow down or speed up time as he or she wishes. Hublot also releases its Tribute to Antikythera, based on an ancient Grecian calendar mechanism. Only four of these incredibly complicated watches are ever made, and only two will ever be sold at auction. The others remain modern artefacts, created by Hublot in a moment of pure horological inspiration. During 2011, Hublot also becomes the official watchmaker and timekeeper for Ferrari.

2012 Hublot releases the MP-05 LaFerrari watch, with a groundbreaking 50 day power reserve. The MP-05 is the latest in a line of successful Hublot Ferrari timepieces.

2013 Hublot releases the MP Antikythera, a complex combination of modern horology and antique design. The MP Antikythera is a simplification of Hublot’s Tribute to Antikythera. In this incarnation, it is a luxury watch still capable of supporting incredible complications including star alignment and calendar.

2014 Hublot unveils its successor to the MP-05 LaFerrari – the MP-05 LaFerrari Titanium Yellow. The Titanium Yellow model retains the 11-barrel HUB9005.H1.6 movement, which develops a massive 50 hours of reserve power, and is supplied with a miniaturised power tool to set and wind the watch. 

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