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Although Women’s Day has come and gone, we continue to celebrate women with a roundup of watches made specifically for the fairer sex. 

 Patek Philippe Twenty~4® soldier

1. Patek Philippe Twenty~4® Ref. 4910-11R-010

For the stylish but pragmatic career woman who’s always on the go, the Patek Philippe Twenty~4® Ref. 4910-11R-010 is a great companion.

First released in 1999, the timepiece is generously endowed with diamonds and comes in a dainty rose gold case measuring 24.1 mm x 30mm. Its chocolate dial is marked by gold applied Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock, while the rest of the hours use diamond indexes. On both sides of the bezel, stretching from lug to lug, are rows of even more of the precious stone.

Driving its minute and hour functions is the quartz E15 caliber, which makes winding the watch one less thing to worry about while keeping a busy schedule. 

 

Rolex Datejust 31

2. Rolex Datejust 31 Ref. 278383RBR-0030

For the woman who likes to make a statement, the Rolex Datejust 31 Ref. 278383RBR-0030 is just the right timepiece to do the talking. 

The 31mm timepiece comes with an eye-catching olive green sunburst dial that is difficult to miss, but is made all the more striking by the diamond-set bezel that frames it. It comes with an oystersteel and 18K yellow gold jubilee bracelet that guarantees it stays in place while you run from daytime shopping sprees to dinner dates with friends. 

And you won’t have to worry about getting the time wrong and (oops!) running late, because the self-winding caliber 2236 has only two second variation per day, and a power reserve of 55 hours.

 

Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase

3. Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Ref. 8005F/000R-B498

An essential for the detail-oriented woman who dresses like a goddess and knows it is the Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase. 

Featuring an asymmetrical dial and “pleated” details, the piece de resistance is the moon phase nestled between 12 o’ clock and 3 o’clock. Encircled by diamonds, an 8K gold lunar disc rises and sets behind mother-of-pearl clouds.

This 35mm timepiece is available in 8K 5N rose gold, steel or diamond pave in white gold options. All of which are equipped with quick-release, interchangeable leather straps to match any outfit and color scheme. 

 

Longines La Grande Classique de Longines

4. Longines La Grande Classique de Longines Ref. L4.209.4.87.6

Subtle, timeless and elegant is the woman who wears a La Grande Classique de Longines. Encased in 24mm stainless steel, its ultra-slim and minimalist profile makes it such a breeze to pair with a plain white tee and denim jeans, or a ruffled blouse and high waisted grey slacks. The white mother-of-pearl dial has Top Wesselton VS-SI diamond index markers and thin black hands—simple and refined just like the woman who dons this timepiece. 

 

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34

5. IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34 Ref. IW357401

On the wrist of an intelligent, determined and fearless woman belongs the IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34. A mighty 34mm timepiece in 18K 5N gold, its aesthetic is straightforward and powerful, just like its wearer.

The time is easily read off the silver-plated dial with gold-plated hands, pointing to elongated hour markers that are signature of the IWC Schaffhausen Portofino collection. A diamond has been placed at each hour markers’ end, closest to the bezel. 

A red alligator leather strap keeps this timepiece secured to the wrist of a bold and confident woman who knows how to get things done. 

 

Reservoir Lady Longbridge soldier

6. Reservoir Lady Longbridge Ref. RSV01.LB/130-21S

Ladies who frequent social gatherings and require a conversation piece would be served well by Reservoir’s Lady Longbridge.  The inspiration taken from 1960s Mini Cooper dashboard dials is clear, from the unconventional configuration of the functions to the green and blue gemstone cabochons evocative of the car’s original diodes.  

There is a jumping hour seen in an aperture at 6 o’clock, while the passage of minutes is marked by a retrograde minute hand that goes from what is traditionally the 8 o’clock position to 4 o’clock position. The power reserve is found in an arched aperture right below the hours. 

 

Zenith Elite Moon Phase soldier

7. Zenith Elite Moonphase 03.3100.692.01.C922

Zenith created the Elite Moonphase for the horological savants who can do without the typical fanfare associated with women’s pieces.   

The sunburst dial’s minimalist design draws the eyes towards a subdial located at 6 o’clock, where a midnight blue disc slowly rotates to reveal the waxing and waning of the moon. To its left, at 9 o’clock is a small seconds subdial. 

The complications and functions of this timepieces are powered by the ultra-thin elite caliber 692, which is protected by the 40.5mm stainless steel case.  

 

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moon Phase soldier

8. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase Ref. 647.NX.4771.LR.1205

Here’s a watch that’s great for a woman who’s the life of the party: the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase

The imposing 42mm stainless steel timepiece is covered in a bold purple hue that starts from its transparent quartz dial and extends to its amethyst-set bezel and alligator strap. If the color alone isn’t enough to grab one’s attention, the HUB1770 handwound movement, which is clearly seen through the dial, commands it and demands appreciation.  

It is also endowed with several complications: a moon phase display positioned at 6 o’clock; small seconds at 9 o’clock; and a date function seen through an aperture between 12 and 2 o’clock. 

 

 

Whichever timepiece suits your fancy, it’s always best to visit a shop and try it on for size. You might also discover other watches that suit you while you’re there.  Check our Store Locator to find the closest boutique or showroom. 

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Vacheron Constantin Four Seasons banner

February is National Arts Month in the Philippines so we are celebrating some of the masterpieces that have come from the world of haute horlogerie.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe prides themselves in having a long and rich history in the art of enamelling, which dates all the way back to the 17th century. 

The 28mm Patek Philippe 5538G is a collection of five watches that have a dial with a miniature painting on enamel depicting famous landmarks like the St. Pierre Cathedral and the Grand-Quia, home to the historic Patek Philippe building in Geneva, Switzerland.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva close up

The style is reminiscent of azulejo, blue and white glazed ceramic tilework, paired with a trompe l’oeil technique which gives the illusion that the tiles are three dimensional. To achieve this enamelling, oil was mixed with enamel to easily apply it onto the 28mm dial with a very fine brush.

 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

The 5738/50G Golden Ellipse watch presents a 27.5mm x 2.53mm dial in Grand Feu Cloisonné enamel. Meaning “great fire”, the Grand Feu technique is done by spraying a small mist of alcohol onto the disc which is then coated with a sprinkle of fine enamel powder. Afterwards, the disc is placed inside an oven set at a high temperature. A giant flame gushes from the alcohol burning off, hence the name “Grand Feu”. The process is repeated until the desired pigment thickness is achieved. 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints close up

The Japanese print on the 5738/50G dial was inspired by works of artist Ohara Koson (1877-1945), who was known to incorporate flowers and birds in his prints. The enameller worked with a transparent, opaque and translucent palette with about 29 to 39 colors so as to achieve a delicate shade and a subtle color gradation of the plumage, branches, foliage and flowers.

 

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Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons

Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection displays four different scenes of a carp swimming in seasonal colors (spring, summer, fall, and winter) within a 44mm case. To create such a stunning timepiece, the dial was first engraved using a bas-relief technique, where figures are given more depth than the flat background, to highlight the richness of scene. 

After  engraving, the disc is then subjected to champlevé enamelling. This is done by filling in the cells made from the engraving with enamel, using a palette of over 12 colors, then fired.

Enamelling process of Vacheron Constantin's Four Seasons

The timepiece is accompanied by a minute repeater tourbillon, whose unique sound imprint was created by the famous Abbey Road studios, known for associating with legendary artists such as The Beatles and Adele.

 

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Caravelle 1950

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers La Caravelle 1950

One of the recent additions to the Les Cabinotiers collection, the 39mm timepiece was directly inspired by a 1950s watch that belonged to the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection. The dial’s design was crafted by Atelier Anita Porchet, and they used Cloisonné enamelling to bring forth the vibrant hues of the ship and sea. It shows a caravel in the midst of a journey, allowing the waves to bring the ship to its destination. A gold paillon on the enamelled surface is a nod to the timepiece’s nautical inspiration. The spangle depicts Polaris, the north star which sailors use for important calculations of positions at sea. The design of the ship is inspired by the first caravels explorers Bartholomew Diaz and Christopher Colombus used in 1487 and 1492, respectively.

 

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

The 39mm Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina celebrates El Dia De Los Muertos, a UNESCO recognized celebration and Aztec tradition that has been celebrated for over three centuries. The Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage. The common calaveras symbol people use during the holiday originally came from a zine etching made in 1910 by Mexican lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada, and the print was called La Calavera Catrina

The Hublot watches feature a black lacquered dial, engraved with colored lacquer in shades of fuschia, green, purple, and blue–making the pieces look like pop art. The bezels are covered in 42 rainbow colored sapphires, and the straps have multi colored skulls printed on them.

 

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot also released another collection to celebrate El Día De Los Muertos: the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull. This time, they put a twist by fusing the art of embroidery with their timepieces by using Bischoff embroidery from the international Swiss brand St. Gallen. The fluorescent embroidery on silk organza is a delicate floral arabesque motif that reveals the sugar skull design. This technique continues all the way to the straps, coming in colors of cobalt blue, sunflower, hot pink and malachite green. The watches have sapphires in the corresponding hues, set decoratively on the bezel, and set as hour markers on the dials.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler frontJaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler reverse side

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler

In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre commemorated the 100th death anniversary of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. The reverse side of the Reverso Tribute Enamel served as a canvas for enamel miniature paintings of mountain and lake landscapes, which were characteristic of the artist’s works.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler front and back
Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection (1909) depicts the Alps mountains and its reflection on the lake catching daylight.

The front of the watch displays a guilloche dial covered by a translucent enamel to match the tone of the painting on the reverse side.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat front Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat reverse

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel – Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Jaeger-LeCoultre also made a tribute to French post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat who was well-known for coming up with pointillism. On the front of the tribute enamel watch is a finely hand guilloche dial that has been covered in translucent Grand Feu enamel, while the reverse side shows an enameled miniature painting of Georges Seurat’s most famous work.
 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat
Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte portrays Parisians enjoying their day on the banks of the River Seine.

To reproduce the 3-meter wide artwork on a tiney 3cm x 2cm surface, the enameraller had to create his own pointillism technique using special tools. It is worth mentioning that pointillism enamel is extremely challenging as several protective enamel layers would have to be placed one after the other. This then alters the intensity of the color of the piece. Because of this, the enameller used darker shades so that the final product would have the exact colors Seurat used in his artwork. 

Of course, these are just a few of many watches that have been heavily inspired by artworks, artists, and other fields in the arts. We hope we see more timepieces that pay homage to art in the years to come.

Hublot Loves Art booth

Hublot Loves Art booth

When Hublot first put a rubber strap on a timepiece encased in gold, they caused quite a stir in the horological world. Rather than shy away from causing further disruption in the industry, they leant into it.

Art and disruption have, and always will be, central tenets of the brand that delivered  Magic Gold and the MP-05 LaFerrari. And naturally, this has led them to develop some of the most unexpected partnerships with today’s leading artists, as well as with the biggest art events around the globe. 

One of the newest additions to the roster of such events is the Art Fair Philippines 2020, an annual affair that showcases the best in contemporary Philippine visual art. Hublot will be the official timekeeper throughout the event, which runs from February 21 to 23.

An exhibition booth named “Hublot Loves Art” will give the fair’s visitors a chance to get better acquainted with the artists the brand has collaborated with.  From Richard Orlinski and his geometric sculptures, to internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang. The timepieces born out of the joint efforts of these artists and the watch brand will also be on display.    

Beyond partnering with the Art Fair Philippines, Hublot’s foray into the local art scene has connected them with Filipino visual artist Rodel Tapaya. Tapaya is multli-awarded, and his works are on display in places as far as Tokyo and New York. He utilizes different media and local folkloric iconography to depict his views of life today. 

Come see Tapaya’s work and visit the Hublot Loves Art booth at The Link Carpark in Makati. Tickets are available here.

Hublot Big Bang Integral banner

Hublot Big Bang Integral banner

Hublot recently launched six brand new timepieces at the LVMH Watch week held at the Bulgari Resort in Dubai. 

 

Big Bang Integral

To mark the Big Bang’s 15th anniversary, Hublot introduced its first-ever integrated metal bracelet that consists of three links, one central and two lateral. The angular style was inspired by the pushers found on the 2005 Hublot Big Bang model, which, of course, make an appearance on the Big Bang Integral case. The new models come in 43mm black ceramic, King Gold or titanium.

Hublot Big Bang Integral black ceramic Hublot Big Bang Integral king goldHublot Big Bang Integral titanium

 

Big Bang MP11 Red Magic

This timepiece has a manufacture movement that offers a remarkable power reserve of 14 days, made possible by seven series-coupled barrels. This crowning jewel of the movement can be seen at the bottom portion of the watch’s face. The hours and minutes are on a skeleton subdial in the top half. The 45mm watch has a bold and striking polished red ceramic case with a black rubber crown and strap.

Hublot Big Bang MP11 Red Magic

Big Bang Sang Bleu II Limited Edition

The Big Bang Sang Bleu II comes in two new limited edition 45mm models in titanium or King Gold, with the option to have stones set in the case. The Sang Bleu collection was done in collaboration with tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi, marrying the world of tattooing with the world of watchmaking. Both timepieces feature straight, clear geometric lines that criss-cross. Two concentric diamonds sweep across the blue dial. A white arrow on one end of the larger diamond marks the passage of minutes, while the white arrow on the smaller diamond indicates the hour.  

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II King Gold Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Titanium

Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10

Hublot took it upon themselves to rework the Meca-10 caliber to fill the space of the tonneau-shaped Spirit of Big Bang case. The Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 is the first to house the re-engineered movement, which also boasts a 10-day power reserve. This 45mm model is available in three variations:  titanium, black ceramic, or King Gold.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 Black CeramicHublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 Titanium

Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow

The 42mm timepiece brings a spectrum of color to the Spirit of Big Bang collection with baguette-cut gemstones paved around the case. The colors extend from the dial, to the case, and to the alligator strap.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow chronograph

Classic Fusion Gold Crystal

This Classic Fusion timepiece flaunts the rarest form of gold on the planet: gold crystal. To create the feather-like formations, the metal has to be heated to its boiling point. Once the atoms start emanating to the surface, they have to be trapped by a cool surface so they maintain their delicate structure. This rarely occurs naturally, and even under controlled conditions in Hublot’s manufacture, most specimens could not be used. 

Those that could be used were placed in nicely contrasting all-black ceramic cases measuring either 38mm or 45mm. They are secured to the wrist with black alligator leather stitched onto rubber.

Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal

Lucerne Managing Directors Emerson Yao and Ivan Yao with Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver

Jean-Claude Biver: A Living Legend

Jean-Claude Biver’s reputation precedes him wherever he goes. A veteran of the horological industry, his career is marked by pulling brands back from the brink of death, and, in the case of Blancpain, reviving one completely. He has been characterized as a real-world King Midas who turns everything he touches into gold. But even if he has every reason to gloat about his successes, he does not. In a recent conversation with Lucerne Luxe Magazine and Mantle Magazine, Biver made it sound almost as if everything he has become known for was happenstance.

Summarizing almost half-a-century in the industry

With such a remarkable career under his belt, we asked Jean-Claude Biver to talk about what it was like when he first entered the industry. He told us he was lucky.

“My first stroke of luck was to have a passion for watches,” he said, “and my second stroke of luck was to find a job in my passion. Many people have a passion, but cannot work in it. They work somewhere else then come back on the weekend. For me, my job and my passion are one.”

The lucky streak continued, he said, by getting employed by a boss who gave him time to be immersed in watchmaking. Recounting his first year with Audemars Piguet, Biver described a life far removed from what he has today: “I had no office, no secretary, no traveling, no phone line, nothing. Why? Because they said I had to learn how to make watches. They told me, ‘You must understand the history and you must understand the art. And then after one year, you will be in the marketing and sales department.’ My passion became deeper because I went into the details of [watchmaking]. Very often, we like things superficially, but when you go deep down, the real love comes.”

After four years with Audemar Piguet, Biver moved to Omega where he says he was, again, lucky. Lucky because now he had the chance to learn how to manage large-scale operations. Comparing this company to the previous one, he said, “Audemars Piguet was small, Omega was was big. Audemars Piguet was art, Omega was industry. So I saw the two sides of the watchmaking business.”

Eventually he decided to try his hand at building a watch brand from scratch. He and a friend bought Blancpain, which at that point, “had no activity. No brand. No watches. No collection. No factory.  No contracts. No employees. So we bought a name because that was all that was left. And this was a privilege; to have the chance to find and buy a name that had stopped activities 22 years before.”

As Blancpain grew into another successful endeavor for Biver, his personal life took a negative turn. Telling us the story with eyes downcast, “My first wife and I – we divorced. And that broke me down. And because I was down, and so depressed, I sold Blancpain to the Swatch Group.”

Brightening up again, he continued, “Incredibly, this personal tragedy and my decision to sell turned out to be a good thing.”

After Swatch’s acquisition of Blancpain, Biver and Swatch Group co-founder Nicolas Hayek built a relationship that allowed Biver to come back and work for Omega. It was during this second stint with the company that he brought in the big names now associated with the brand: James Bond, Cindy Crawford and Michael Schumacher. He was also responsible for putting the spotlight back on Omega’s history with NASA and their space missions. Although Biver says that this was an incredible time in his career, after 12 years with Omega he wanted to go back to a small company.

Enter Hublot.

When Biver got involved in Hublot, it was a small brand that had put together precious metals and rubber. It was a fusion of materials, as he described it, and so ‘The Art of Fusion’ became the messaging that Biver pushed. “And from there,” he said, “we knew why we were here.”

Biver stressed that the messaging of any brand is important because it defines what kind of decisions should be made in the future. Since declaring Hublot’s was The Art of Fusion, Hublot has fused many unexpected materials and has pioneered unlikely collaborations between the arts and horology. The success of Biver’s messaging has essentially led Hublot to be known as the brand that tests the boundaries of haute horology.

Doubt and Success 

Accompanying the litany of successes credited to Biver was an even longer list of things that could have possibly gone wrong.  We asked him if he had ever doubted what he was doing, and without batting an eye, his response was, “Doubt is my friend [and] if somebody has no doubts, I will not work with that person. I only work with people who have doubts, because doubt is a way to ensure that the direction [you are taking] is right. So did I have doubts? All the time!”

In fact, he said, he has never needed an alarm clock because the constant doubts that plague him wake him up in the early hours of the morning. “If I have a lot of doubts, I wake up at 2 o’clock. If I have very few, I wake up at 5 or 6 o’clock.”

On average though, Biver said that he wakes up at 4 a.m. While he said that this is the norm for him, he also said that he would never ask the people he worked with to do the same. On this subject he said, “You cannot ask people what you ask of yourself because no one is made like you. Some people have other responsibilities. Some people have kids. Some people have problems at home. You must respect people for what they are [if you want them to stay].”

Expounding on his philosophies around team management, he added, “If you want your team to be creative, you must accept that mistakes happen. You must accept that failures are part of the process. If you cannot forgive mistakes, you will never have an active team. ”

And having a creative, active and stable team, in Biver’s opinion, was instrumental to his success. He pointed out how the individuals in his core team had worked with him since the 1980s and 1990s, moving with him from one company to the next.  “My success is the success of my people,” he said. “People make me successful, and I make people successful. It’s a partnership.”

Biver’s success, of course, is unquestionable. But the people he talked about in his team, such as Ricardo Guadalupe (current CEO of Hublot) and Jean-Frédéric Dufour (current CEO of Rolex), have also made names for themselves in the industry.

The bridge to the future

Through Hublot, the watchmaking world has seen things such as watch cases carved out of sapphire crystal, scratch-proof gold (also known as Magic Gold), and timepieces that look like car engines. Unconventional is their conventional, and the brand is what Biver calls disruptive. He also praised smaller, independent watch houses that deal in the unusual for bringing fresh ideas to the industry.  Likening the disruption of Hublot and other avant-garde watch houses to that caused by impressionist artists, rock and roll and rap, he says, “Disruption keeps the watch industry from falling asleep, and to constantly connect with the future. We need to go to the future because the past is finished. There’s only one way to go: it’s to tomorrow.”

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6 A Ferrari Portofino welcomes guests in the Hublot Art of Fusion Exhibit

A Ferrari Portofino welcomes guests in the Hublot Art of Fusion Exhibit

See and experience what Hublot means by “The Art of Fusion” in their four-day exhibit, which will be open to the public, free of charge, from November 12 to 15 at the Fashion Walkway in Greenbelt 5. 

Right from the start, Hublot has always been a watch brand focused on the balance of tradition with innovation. Starting with combining classic gold with contemporary rubber, they went on to create even more in the last thirty years, utilizing the latest technology with the oldest watchmaking traditions. They eventually arrived on Philippine shores a little more than ten years ago, through their partnership with Lucerne. 

The exhibit, co-hosted with Lucerne, will focus on Hublot’s key partnershipsone of them being with sports car manufacturer, Ferrari. A sleek, red Ferrari Portofino, will be at the forefront of the exhibit, flanked by some of the timepieces that the two luxury brands collaborated on. 

Hublot’s timepieces made with their partners in the art world will also be featured; namely, the Classic Fusion Orlinski as well as the Big Bang Sang Bleu. 

Hublot’s very own watches will also be showcased, limited and award-winning alike. One such piece is the Big Bang MP-11, which boasts an astounding 14 days of power reserve. Some of these watches also include materials proprietary and unique to Hublot, such as Magic Gold and King Gold.

The Art of Fusion Exhibit in Manila runs from November 12-15

Hublot's The Art of Fusion exhibit

Jean-Claude Biver Chairman of Hublot and President of the LVMH Watch Division

Jean-Claude Biver Chairman of Hublot and President of the LVMH Watch Division

Jean-Claude Biver is an institution in his own right in the watch industry.

He got his start in the world of horology in 1974, when he joined the sales department of Audemars Piguet. For most people, this was an inopportune time to be part of the mechanical watchmaking industry. Quartz had upended traditional watchmaking, and now almost all makers were either closing shop or scrambling to develop quartz movements of their own.

But as the world would eventually find out, Biver was the type of man who thrived on challenges.

Jean-Claude Biver at his desk

In 1979, Jean-Claude Biver became Omega’s youngest deputy director.  It was in his time here he began to develop his views of using traditional mechanical movements instead of converting to quartz to save Swiss watchmaking.

Biver got to test his ideas when he left Omega so that he and his friend Jacques Piguet could manage their newly purchased brand: Blancpain. The brand had ceased operations for over two decades, and the only thing it had was a name that Biver and Piguet could build on.

Piguet was in charge of the production of their timepieces and Biver was in charge of marketing, introducing the tagline, “Since 1735, there has never been a quartz Blancpain watch. And there never will be.”

While the world around them was focused on quartz, Biver and Piguet produced and sold mechanical complications such as moon phases and minute repeaters. They focused on the value and craftsmanship of traditional watchmaking and in less than two decades, they sold Blancpain to the Swatch Group for a profit.

Biver returned to Omega as a director of international marketing, and under his supervision they began one of their most memorable partnerships yet: Omega and James Bond.

After a string of improbable successes, Biver was asked to take the helm of Hublot, a small Italian brand that had introduced rubber straps on gold watches. The founder, Carlo Crocco, knew Biver from when he launched Blancpain in 1983, and was a Blancpain distributor in Spain and Italy.

Jean-Claude Biver
Biver entered Hublot as the CEO in 2004 and made changes he believed would bring success to the brand. One of which was to switch from producing mostly quartz movements, to creating mechanical movements. The next was to move from 38mm cases to larger and more modern 44mm cases.

With these changes, Hublot entered Baselworld 2005 with a big bang. Quite literally. It was at this year’s fair Biver introduced Hublot’s most successful line: Hublot Big Bang.

Much like the very first Hublot timepiece, the Hublot Big Bang resembled a porthole and married unusual materials.  It was a hit, and in November of the same year, it won the best design prize in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve.

And that was just the beginning. Biver continued to bring forward the concept of “the art of fusion” in Hublot, resulting in some of the most unexpected collaborations and materials.

Jean-Claude Biver at Baselworld 2016 press con
In the watchmaking industry that spans hundreds of years, Hublot’s success has been an almost overnight phenomenon. And it is owed to the passion and dedication of the inimitable Jean-Claude Biver.

Although he has stepped down as an active executive of Hublot, Biver continues on as a non-executive president to look over the brand.  He also continues to tour the world, making sure more people gain deeper insight into the unconventional world of the Art of Fusion. His next stop? Metro Manila.

UPDATE | November 18, 2019: Details about Blancpain when Jean-Claude Biver bought it have been corrected. 

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski

Hublot Loves Art

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski

“The art of fusion” has been a guiding principle of Hublot, beginning with their first timepiece that featured a gold case and rubber strap. Since then, the watchmaker has released one daring watch after another, receiving design prizes along the way.

Hublot makes it a point to frequently collaborate with artists and designers from various fields who share the same visions and passions as they do. In 2015 the watch house established the Hublot Design Prize, an award which enables young artists and designers to garner the public’s attention by showcasing their boldness and creativity.

Discussing the importance of art, Jean-Claude Biver, chairman of Hublot’s board says, “Unlike technology, art never becomes obsolete. A painting by Matisse or Renoir may not be liked by the new generation, but it can never be obsolete.”

Hublot and Richard Orlinski

Richard Orlinski is a top-selling French contemporary artist represented by more than 90 galleries around the world. Orlinski is an advocate of art’s democratization which is why his works revolve around everyday subjects and are presented in public spaces. His sculptures feature bright colors and diamond-cut like facets, which take inspiration from pop art and industrial materials. It was their shared enthusiasm for innovation as well total design freedom that led Orlinski to collaborate with Hublot.

Richard Orlinski with red Kong statue

 
Fusing the world of watchmaking and sculpture, Orlinski incorporates precious metals with his artistic style. As seen in the Orlinski Classic Fusion 40mm in King Gold and in Titanium Pavé, the watches display a faceted case and dial that plays around with light and shade, similar to the French artist’s sculptures.

 

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski King Gold soldierHublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Pave soldier

 
The same thing goes with the Aerofusion Chronograph 45mm in King Gold Jewellery and in Titanium Pavé. Once again, Orlinski’s characteristic folds are present but this time presented with an open-worked dial.
 
Orlinski Classic Aerofusion Chronograph King Gold Jewellery soldierOrlinski Classic Aerofusion Chronograph Titanium Pave soldier

Hublot and Sang Bleu

Maxime Plescia-Büchi is a renowned Swiss tattoo artist and the founder of Sang Bleu, a multi-disciplinary company that encompasses a tattoo studio, magazine, clothing brand, and creative agency. Plescia-Büchi works mainly with black ink and uses architectural motifs along with ancient iconography.

Maxime Plescia-Büchi

 
Upon describing his collaboration with Hublot, Plescia-Büchi calls it a match made in heaven. He firmly believes that they are the epitome of the highest level of technical and creative innovation in their respective fields.

Plescia-Büchi designed the Sang Bleu models with the intent to showcase how the world of tattooing can be fused with the world of watchmaking. He does this through unifying precious materials symmetry and strong geometric lines as seen in the Sang Bleu One Click 39mm in King Gold Pave and in King Gold Blue.

Sang Bleu One Click King Gold Blue soldierSang Bleu One Click King Gold

Hublot and Lang Lang

World famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang is highly regarded by critics and musicians like Metallica, Pharell Williams, and Herbie Hancock. He has performed with the top orchestras in Europe, China, and the United States, and for people of influence, such as Pope Francis, 4 U.S. Presidents, and monarchs from other nations.

Lang Lang wearing the Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang

 
A big fan of Hublot, Lang Lang has collaborated with the brand to create two timepieces: the Classic Fusion 45mm Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang and the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang. Both models display Lang Lang’s initials at 12 o’clock, his signature at 3 o’clock, and musical notes placed on the watch.

Hublot Lang Lang Classic Fusion
Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon Lang Lang

 
Hublot Lang Lang Classic Fusion
Classic Fusion 45mm Ceramic Ultra-Thin Lang Lang

Hublot and Shepard Fairey

Born in South Carolina, Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist popularly known for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster made during the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections. He also does graphic design and illustrations, which inspired Fairey to create OBEY clothing. Some of his other works are on display at the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in other galleries around the United States.

Shepard Fairey

 
Fairey’s decision to collaborate with Hublot was because he resonated with their craftsmanship and refined execution. Together they created special versions of the Big Bang Meca-10.  These display Fairey’s star gear logo at 3 o’clock, and a tribal, floral pattern created by the artist himself on the case and strap.

Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey

Hublot and Marc Ferrero

Marc Ferrero is a French contemporary painter and one of the leading proponents of the Storytelling Art movement. His body of work revolves around pop art, the repetition of imagery, different cultures and fictional characters. In partnership with Hublot, they unveiled the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero.

Marc Ferrero

 
Heavily inspired by one of Ferrero’s iconic artworks, ‘Lipstick’, the dial celebrates the 21st century woman. Dominating the dial is a woman’s face with large sunglasses and a stick of lipstick placed by her mouth. The 39mm timepiece comes in red or turquoise.

Hublot Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero Red Hublot Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero Turquoise

 
Get to know more about Hublot and their relationship with art by visiting the Hublot booth at the upcoming Philippine Art Fair.

Hublot Magic Gold luxury watch materials

With the best of both worlds—cutting-edge technology and traditional watchmaking—at Hublot’s side, the luxury watch brand is only limited by their imagination. Materials not withstanding, the pioneering watchmaker has dared to use what others would not, even going so far as to create new materials.

Magic Gold

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Magic Gold luxury watch materials

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Magic Gold

Since it’s not possible to use pure gold due to its softness, people have mixed it with different materials to come up with more durable alloys. Hublot, in particular, found the balance between 24K gold and boron carbide, also known as ceramic. This resulted in Magic Gold—the hardest, most scratch-resistant 18K gold worldwide that can only be cut by diamond.

King Gold

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski King Gold luxury watch materials

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski King Gold

Hublot also came up with another kind of gold: King Gold. It’s Hublot’s version of red gold, but even redder. They achieved the fiery look by upping the copper content. To prevent the oxidation that comes with the higher percentage of copper, they also added platinum into the mix.

Colored sapphire cases

Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

For decades, sapphire has only been used to cover the dial or the movement. Hublot is one of the first to manufacture sapphire as the material for a watch case and in several colors including yellow, blue, pink and red. The various tints are achieved by fusing different chemicals. For example, Hublot combined aluminum oxide with copper to come up with yellow. Replace copper with titanium oxide and the sapphire will be tinted with pink. Switch it out with iron oxide and out comes a nice sky-blue.

Ceramic

Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico White Ceramic

As a material for watches, ceramic has been known for its scratch resistance and lightness. Having used ceramic as a vital ingredient for Magic Gold, Hublot didn’t shy away from experimenting more with the material. Just last year, the watch manufacturer patented their invention of not only vibrantly colored ceramic, but the most resilient as well.

Carbon

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Titanium Carbon

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Titanium Carbon

All of the strength and none of the weight, carbon fiber is one of the revolutionary inventions of our age. Hublot is one of the few watch houses to manufacture and use carbon fiber composites in their watches. For more intricate watch components, they utilize carbon fiber-reinforced polymer instead.

Come and see these watches and more at the “Hublot Celebrating Art of Fusion Exhibit” at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walkway, from November 12 to 15.

Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

An Iconic Duo

When Hublot and Ferrari announced their partnership in 2011, they made it clear that theirs would not be just a case of co-branding events and timepieces, but an intertwining of their activities.

Hublot has since been the official timekeeper and watch for the carmaker’s events, and the two brands have collaborated to produce over 50 timepieces to date.

The first was the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold. The 45mm timepiece was the first from Hublot to bear the prancing horse, and was also the platform used to introduce the watchmaker’s new proprietary material: Magic Gold. A combination of boron carbide and gold, the patented material is currently the only 18K gold alloy to be entirely scratch resistant.

 

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold is the timepiece that marked the beginning of Hublot and Ferrari’s successful relationship

In the year that followed, Ferrari unveiled the LaFerrari, the carmaker’s first hybrid vehicle and their “most ambitious project yet”. Soon after, Hublot revealed the MP-05 LaFerrari.

The unusually configured timepiece was designed to resemble the profile of the eponymous car. Its movement – stacked instead of spread horizontally – could pass as a miniature version of a car’s engine at first glance. Comprised of over 600 parts, it boasted a 50-day power reserve the likes of which had never been seen before.

 

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari
The Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari has no dial. Time is indicated on the barrels located on the right side,
while the power reserve is indicated by the barrels on the left.

Four years later, in 2017, the partners commemorated the prancing horse’s 70th anniversary by launching the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph. The limited-edition timepiece was designed by Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s head of design, and was made to look like the chassis of a GT Ferrari.  The movement that drove all its functions, the hand-wound HUB 6311, was developed entirely in-house by Hublot. The timepiece was well-received by watch enthusiasts and designers alike, and was awarded the prestigious iF Design Award in 2018.

 

Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograpj
The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph commemorated the 70th anniversary of Ferrari’s prancing horse.

This year, Hublot and Ferrari have expanded their joint portfolio with the Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT.  Inspired by the Grand Turismo spirit of “driving over long distances at high speeds in comfort and with style,” the timepiece is a departure from Hublot’s more angular aesthetic. The 45mm case – available in titanium, King Gold or 3D Carbon – gives the timepiece the illusion of concentric circles, and was made to resemble the dials on the Ferrari 1959 California and the air vents of the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.

The timepiece was designed by the “Centro Stile Ferrari” (Ferrari’s internal design team) and outfitted with Hublot’s in-house UNICO chronograph movement. Awarded four patents, the movement drives the hours, minutes, seconds, date and flyback chronograph.

Sapphire crystal protects both sides of the movement, allowing a glimpse of the inner workings of the watch from the front and back.

 

Classic Fusion Ferrari GT
The new Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT comes in King Gold, Titanium and 3D Carbon.

The Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is fastened to the wrist with rubber straps wrapped in Schedoni leather – a nod to the seats of the Maranello historical race cars.

What to expect from this iconic duo moving forward is difficult to predict, but Hublot and Ferrari fans can be sure that design and innovation will be at the forefront of their next project.

See some of the most memorable timepieces from Hublot at the Hublot Celebrating The Art of Fusion Exhibit on November 12 to 15 at the Greenbelt Fashion Walk.

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