After joining Hublot in 2004 as its new CEO, Jean-Claude Biver immediately started working on the revival of the brand’s founding concept that had made the young Swiss watchmaker highly popular some 20 years earlier. It was a simple idea of fusion which brought together a porthole shaped case crafted in some precious metal and a rubber strap. Perfectly demonstrating the Art of Fusion, the first Big Bang Chronograph appeared at the Baselworld 2005 and reached almost immediate success. Few mounts later, it won the prize for the best Design at the annual Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
Hublot extended the Big Bang Collection with a wild variety of stunning models by using different materials, in-house mechanisms and dial styles, but the basic concept has never been changed. Each Big Bang watch is recognizable by its sporty elegance, a robust porthole case (made either of gold, titanium, carbon fiber, ceramic or steel) and a bezel secured by six H-shaped titanium screws. Although a rubber strap has remained the brand’s signature, some special editions came with gold, ceramic, steel or even diamond-set gold bracelets. In 2008, the ladies’ line of Big Bang watches was born, characteristic by smaller sizes, precious materials and diamond settings.
Hublot launched several beautiful Big Bang editions, dedicated to its partnership with Ferrari. The Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari stands out for its stunning skeletonized dial, carbon fiber case and bezel and a high-end mechanism. The renowned collection features other highly complicated models, such as Minute Repeater Tourbillons and exceptional Vendome Torbollion models, launched to mark the opening of the brand’s boutique at 10 Place Vendôme. Finally, there are several breathtaking jewelry pieces under the Big Bang name. The last one, presented at the Baselworld 2012, is $5 million worth.