Hublot, French for “porthole,” was founded in 1980 by Carlo Croco. He had always desired his own watch, a watch like no other that incorporated a rubber strap, considered unconventional in the luxury timepiece market at the time. Developing the perfect rubber took 3 years and $1 million dollars. The rubber was formulated to not crack and stain, yet have strength and comfort. And the strap was made by fusing rubber and steel along with a rare and potent vanilla to eliminate the smell associated with rubber. At launch, Hublot offered a single style, the Classic, with a porthole case, black dial and black rubber strap. The watch quickly caught the attention of the watch industry and collectors alike.
In 1987, Hublot introduced the Classic with a white dial and mechanical movement, replacing the original ETA quartz movement. And shortly thereafter, Hublot added two models to compliment the Hublot Classic; the Hublot Elegance with dial markers and no screws and the Hublot Sport.
In 2004, Jean Claude Biver joined Hublot after great success at Blancpain. Together, Croco and Biver developed the Hublot Big Bang. The name originated from their obsession with fusing and combining unconventional materials. Hublot won the watchmaking’s Grand Prix in 2005 for its groundbreaking style.
Tourneau is pleased to offer the following Hublot Big Bangs from its Certified Pre-Owned Collection. Click to view.