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Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch-Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2014

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Our "Watch Insider," Alexander Linz, had a busy Baselworld 2014, running around to photograph new products and interview some of the watch world's biggest movers and shakers. Below you'll find links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime's sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Hublot Breaks Ground on Its New Manufacture

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To accommodate its continued growth, and to further assist in the verticalization of its watch production, Hublot began construction of a second building that will more than double the surface area of its existing manufacture in Nyon, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

WatchTime.com: SIHH 2014 – 11 interviews with Watch Brand VIPs

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, presents eleven audio interviews from the week of the 2014 SIHH: http://www.watchtime.com/blog/sihh/audio-watch-interviews-sihh-2014/. These interviews were conducted in Geneva by Alexander Linz (www.watch-insider.com), one of the world’s most popular watch bloggers and partner of watchtime.com. The interviews reveal the latest news on luxury watch brands exhibiting at the SIHH, including … [Read more...]

Audio: 14 Watch Executive Interviews from SIHH 2014 (Updated)

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At this year's SIHH in Geneva, I spoke with 14 important figures, from 13 luxury watch brands, about the timepieces unveiled at the show and what each brand has in store for 2014. Follow the links below to hear the audio from these interviews, all conducted for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

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Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we examined the 2013 list to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are: … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 8 Watches for Friday the 13th

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This week, Fratello Friday falls on a Friday the 13th. For the occasion, I thought it would be fun to highlight eight watches that have the number ‘13’ in their reference number — admittedly, an unusual method for generating a list of watches, and the results were somewhat surprising; before I started searching for "13" in the strings of characters that make up watch reference numbers, I didn't know what would pop up. … [Read more...]

Hear What 16 Prominent Watch Execs Said About Baselworld 2013

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WatchTime contributor Alexander Linz was hard at work at Baselworld, conducting interviews with several CEOs and representatives of major watch brands, discussing their latest watches and other developments in the industry. … [Read more...]

Hublot Launches “Jeans” Watch Collection

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Based on an idea by jeweler and hotelier Tina Zegg, Hublot has launched a collect of denim-inspired "Jeans" watches. … [Read more...]

World Boxing Council Honors Hublot Chairman

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Not long after Hublot and the World Boxing Council (WBC) joined forces in September to auction off 12 watches signed by boxing legends, the WBC Board of Governors voted Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver "Man of the Year" at an event celebrating the WBC's 50th anniversary. … [Read more...]

Hublot Auctions 12 Unique King Power Watches Signed by Boxing Legends

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On Saturday night, Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel and Casino  played host to an unprecedented gathering of legendary boxing champions, as they joined the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Swiss watch brand Hublot in auctioning off 12 unique Hublot timepieces to raise funds for boxing's less fortunate. … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Hublot’s Limited-Edition Watch for Legendary Boxers

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Tonight, Hublot unveils a series of 12 watches, each a unique piece with the signature of one of 12 legendary boxers, at a gala event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The watches — King Power models with a rose-gold and green color scheme inspired by the World Championship belt of the World Boxing Council — will be auctioned to raise proceeds for the WBC's pension fund, which helps the less fortunate members of the boxing community. At the press reception yesterday, also attended by Hublot … [Read more...]

Football Fever: Hublot Launches New King Power FC Bayern Munich

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There is probably no greater soccer fan than Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver, and the brand has reflected it: in 2011 it introduced the King Power Red Devil Manchester United, a limited-edition collaboration with England's world-famous Manchester United team. This year, Hublot takes its horological talents to Germany, producing another limited model for one of Man U's European rivals, FC Bayern Munich. … [Read more...]

Hublot Boutique in Budapest

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 After openings in Aruba and Seoul in the past two months, Hublot has now opened a boutique in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The boutique covers an area of 120 square metres, comprising a ground floor with a sales area and bar, as well as a mezzanine first floor with a VIP lounge and another, more exclusive bar. It was designed according to the Hublot "Art of Fusion Black" concept and has ebony-coloured leather floor tiles, created by a craftsman based in Normandy. … [Read more...]

Running Time: Olympic Hero Usain Bolt Gets His Own Hublot Watch

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Jamaican sprinter Usain "Lightning" Bolt became known as the world's fastest man back in 2008, when he won a gold medal and set new Olympic records at the summer games in Beijing. Now, as Bolt prepares to defend his title this year in London, he will have his own personalized Hublot watch to record his lap times: the King Power Usain Bolt. … [Read more...]

Hard Timers: How Hublot Conjured its Magic Gold

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The Hublot brand is known for its use of unusual materials, including cermet (a mix of ceramic and metal), tungsten, and something the brand named “Hublonium” (an alloy of magnesium and aluminum). Now the company has unveiled one more: a very hard and therefore scratch-resistant alloy of gold Hublot has dubbed “Magic Gold.” Click here to read Gisbert Brunner's report on how Hublot creates it. … [Read more...]

Dominique Loiseau on Girard-Perregaux: The WatchTime Q&A

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French-born watchmaker Dominique Loiseau first caught the attention of watch collectors in the 1980s, the great wasteland years of the mechanical watch industry when quartz ruled the watch-world roost. His complex and creative inventions, such the Rose des Temps clock, the Blancpain 1735 wristwatch and the 1f4 models from his own independent atelier, have made him a legend among the collector community. Early this year, Loiseau joined Girard-Perregaux to strengthen its "think tank." Here, in an … [Read more...]

Power Play: Reviewing the Hublot King Power Unico All Black

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With the launch of its Unico movement, Hublot became a manufacture. In the March-April 2012 issue of WatchTime, we find out how the Unico performs inside the brand's King Power Unico All Black. Read the in-depth review of the watch, with stunning visuals by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. Click on the pictures for wallpaper images. … [Read more...]

Hublot Chosen as Swiss Watch Partner for World Expo 2012

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Hublot has announced that it has been selected by Presence Switzerland in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to be the watch partner of the Swiss Pavilion at the World Expo 2012, which will take place over 3 months, between 12th May and 12th August 2012, in the South Korean coastal city of Yeosu. … [Read more...]

Hublot Launches New Big Bang Ferrari

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Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver’s appreciation for speed is evident not only in his choice of partner for the Swiss watch brand’s latest collaborative venture — the Italian sportscar icon Scuderia Ferrari — but in the astoundingly short time it has taken to produce the first Ferrari-branded Hublot wristwatch: the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold. Wallpaper image inside. … [Read more...]

Michael Margolis to be American President of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard

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The Sowind Group, parent company of the Swiss luxury watch brands Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard, has announced the appointment of Michael Margolis to its team as the new President of America. Margolis will join Michele Sofisti, Sowind Group CEO, Stefano Macaluso, Girard-Perregaux Managing Director, and Massimo Macaluso, JeanRichard Managing Director, to oversee the U.S. expansion strategy. … [Read more...]

Jean-Claude Biver Steps Down as Hublot CEO; Ricardo Guadalupe Named Successor

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Hublot has announced that Jean-Claude Biver stepped down as CEO effective January 1. Hublot Managing Director Ricardo Guadalupe was named Biver's successor. The transition has been planned for some time and is based on the significant accomplishments Guadalupe and Biver achieved together since 2005, and on the 20-year personal friendship the two men share. … [Read more...]

Big Bang Baller: WatchTime Talks to NBA Star and Hublot Ambassador Dwyane Wade

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In November, shortly before the end of the NBA lockout, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade joined Hublot at the opening of the Swiss brand’s new boutique in Bal Harbor, Florida to introduce his own Hublot watch, the King Power Dwyane Wade, to the U.S. market. Wade is donating part of the proceeds from sales of the watch — a limited edition of 500 pieces — to his children’s charity, the Wade World Foundation. … [Read more...]

Hublot Celebrates United States Liberty Medal Award

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The Liberty Medal is given to men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure liberty to people around the globe. Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Stephen Spielberg, Kofi Annan, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Bono. Hublot has partnered with The Constitution Center and the Liberty Medal to create a special limited edition timepiece to be presented to recipients of the award. Find the price and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

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In association with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Hublot unveils the first diver's watch able to withstand the pressure exerted at a depth of 4,000 meters, or about 13,120 feet. Hublot describes it as a symbolic watch that pushes the limits of what is is rational and possible. The watch required 18 months of research, development and testing to complete. Find pricing and availability date inside. … [Read more...]

Hublot Opens Flagship Boutique in Beverly Hills

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Hublot has opened its first boutique in the Western United States in Beverly Hills, California. The boutique is located in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping district, on Brighton Way at Rodeo Drive. Experienced, multi-lingual staff members provide the highest level of customer service, and a VIP lounge within the boutique allows clients to shop in complete privacy. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s April App Now Available in iTunes

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In this issue we test watches from Rolex, Omega and TAG Heuer, and we take you inside COSC. Our 27-page report on the Geneva Fairs includes business analysis and 55 new watches. We profile Roland Murphy and the new Hublot manufacture. In our interview, Jean-Claude Biver explains why "in-house" matters. PLUS: 11 videos, 62 image galleries and 43 Web links not found in the print edition. Download the app from iTunes … [Read more...]

Hublot Opens on Madison Avenue, and D-Wade Joins the Family

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It's only Wednesday and it has already been a busy week for Hublot. The brand's new boutique at 692 Madison Ave. in Manhattan is open for business, and Dwayne Wade has joined the brand as an ambassador. The boutique sports a prestigious address, as the premises are part of a historic Madison house dating from the 19th Century, situated in a block encompassing grand luxury houses. See more inside. … [Read more...]

F1 President Bernie Ecclestone Mugged in London; Hublot Stolen From His Wrist

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Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone suffered a black eye when he was attacked by four men outside his London office around 10:30 p.m. on November 25. His girlfriend was with him at the time. The robbers made off with jewelry - and Mr. Ecclestone's Hublot - together valued at $314,000. … [Read more...]

Images from WatchTime’s NYC Hublot Event

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This past Tuesday night, a select group of WatchTime friends attended an invitation-only event with Hublot at the elegant Park Avenue Autumn restaurant in Manhattan. About 50 attendees enjoyed an evening of delicious food and wine, fabulous watches, and a chance to meet Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver, U.S. president Beatrice de Quervain, Hublot's Mike Margolis, and WatchTime editors Joe Thompson, Mark Bernardo and Amy Bernstein. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum October 20 Auction Benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society

// The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting an auction to be held October 20 at Antiquorum Auctioneers in New York. This is the first in a series of annual events that will offer watch enthusiasts the opportunity to bid on fine timepieces while supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in their movement toward a world free of MS. Leading brands including Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Hublot are donating pieces to support the cause. … [Read more...]