Just about everyone who knows of the Binda Group is aware of famed watchmaker Breil, but fewer know of a man who used to be tied to the company named Carlo Crocco. He left the Binda Group in 1976 to start a watch company of his own, MDM Geneve. Crocco's company released its first watch in 1980, a timepiece with a face similar to a porthole that was dubbed the Hublot. When the watch premiered at the Basel Watch Fair in 1980, not one buyer was interested. However, the tide quickly turned for the company and the Hublot raked in over $2 million in sales during its first year on the market.
The modern styling and novel strap became hits with consumers, who increasingly sought out the new watches. Before the Hublot, watch straps were typically metal, cloth, or leather, but this watch was the first to be made of natural rubber. Nothing had been seen like it, which distinguished Hublot watches and gave the company status as an innovator and fierce competitor in the wristwatch industry. Now owned by French powerhouse LVMH Moet Hennessy, Hublot is still in high demand and the timepieces are sported by celebrities and watch aficionados around the world.
Here are the top 10 Hublot watches of all time.
1. The Hublot $5 million
Hublot debuted its $5 Million watch at the BaselWorld Watch and Jewellery Show in 2012, and it was a stunner. 1,282 diamonds, six of which weigh more than 3 carats apiece, encrust the entire watch. The total weight is 140 carats, and this exquisite timepiece took a team of 17 designers 14 months to create. This Hublot model is super rare, and as the name indicates, each costs a whopping $5 million.
2. Bigger Bang Diamond Tourbillon Limited Edition
Hublot's Big Bang collection is one of its most esteemed, and the Bigger Bang Diamond Tourbillon Limited Edition is one of the most rare and exclusive. Just 18 of this model have been made, and it's a beautiful mix of Hublot's innovative style and classic elements. The Bigger Bang Diamond Tourbillon Limited Edition has a bezel set with 48 baguette diamonds, 212 diamonds encrusted in the case, and a chronograph that's operated via a push button above the crown. Getting one will cost you at least $290,000.
3. Masterpiece MP-02
This watch is very different, even for a company like Hublot. The Masterpiece MP-02 features a futuristic look and is made of black rubber and titanium. The face looks like a tangle of different dials, and there are three settings on the Masterpiece MP-02. One setting slows down time, another speeds it up, and the third setting allows the watch to tell time normally. True, two of the settings aren't all too practical, but the goal is to show off the complicated functions that a Hublot watch can pull off. Just 50 of the Masterpiece MP-02 were made, and its value tops $305,000.
4. Million Dollar Black Caviar Bang
This award winning watch, which took the top spot at the 2009 Grand Prix de Geneve in the watch category, is a true marvel. It's made of 18 carats of white gold and the face is absent of numbers. The crown dial, case, and clasp on the Million Dollar Black Caviar Bang feature black baguette diamonds, and in total the watch has 544 diamonds for a total of 34.5 carats. This showpiece costs $1 million.
5. The Bigger Bang
The all black Bigger Bang watch has a skeletonized dial and 33 encrusted jewels. It boasts a stainless steel clasp, a display made of sapphire, and a single button chronograph. This Bigger Bang Hublot watch was auctioned at Sotheby's for the high sum of $62,500.
6. Big Bang King
Hublot has designed many all black watches, but the Big Bang King takes that concept to the extreme. This beautifully modern, sleek timepiece has a ceramic case, Hublot's signature rubber strap with a deployant buckle, and a black dial complete with a sapphire crystal for accuracy. The Big Bang King is water resistant up to 100 meters and has a power reserve of 120 hours. Its look combined with an interesting array of features makes this watch truly distinctive. The price of the Hublot Big Bang King is $250,000.
7. Classic Pink Gold and Diamonds
Hublot's Classic Pink Gold and Diamonds watch is one of its most elegant designs, and it features the brand's world renowned engineering and functionality. The stainless steel case is encrusted with a gorgeous mix of pink gold and brilliant diamonds, and the watch is powered by Quartz movement. The Classic Pink Gold and Diamond's black rubber strap provides just the right contrast to make this watch modern and versatile. The cost of this watch is $180,000.
8. Tourbillon Solo Bang
Hublot's Tourbillon Solo Bang collection features black rubber straps, deployant buckles, and all of the watches are water resistant up to 100 meters. The colors of this collection range from rose gold to stainless steel and all black ceramic. Tourbillon Solo Bang wristwatches also have ceramic bezels and a manual winding tourbillion mechanism. The hue of the tourbillon located at the 6 o'clock position also varies between models in this collection, and some are vibrantly colored while others feature stark, sleek color schemes. The retail price for this Hublot collection starts at $170,000.
9. Classic Fusion Zirconium
The Hublot Classic Fusion Zirconium is a watch that doesn't have a wild design, but it is incredibly well made. As its name states, this wristwatch is a true classic. It's made of zirconium, which is corrosion resistant, capable of ensuring high performance, and typically used in nuclear reactors -- Hublot's decision to use this particular metal in a watch is definitely interesting. The Classic Fusion Zirconium watch is self winding, has a chronograph function, is water resistant up to 50 meters, and has a power reserve of up to 42 hours. Bezel lugs and lateral inserts complete the design and give this watch its flair. The cost to own a Hublot Classic Fusion Zirconium averages about $160,000.
10. Classic Fusion Vision II
Hublot's Classic Fusion Vision II is one of the more rare timepieces that the company has released, and it was made with watch faces in various colors. This model features 25 encrusted jewels and materials including 18 carat pink gold, titanium, and diamonds. Interestingly, the Classic Fusion Vision II has a leather strap, as opposed to Hublot's rubber strap. When sold at a Christie's auction, the Classic Fusion Vision II sold for $90,000.
Written by Garrett Parker
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