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...]

Jean-Claude Biver Receives 2010 Entrepreneurship Gaia Award

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On September 16, Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver received the "2010 Entrepreneurship" Gaia Award for "his career as a whole and his qualities as a visionary businessman and marketing genius". The award ceremony was held at the La Chaux-de-Fonds International Watchmaking Museum, and the award was presented by Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, Chairman of the Jury and Curator of the Museum. … [Read more...]

Hublot and Manchester United Raise Funds for UNICEF

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Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver teamed up with players from Manchester United in New York City recently for the Hublot Million Dollar Challenge. The event, staged between the Flatiron and Empire State buildings, drew over 1500 people and raised funds for United for UNICEF, the English club’s charity. … [Read more...]

Usain Bolt is Hublot’s Newest Ambassador

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Hublot has announced that Jamaican sprint star and 3 time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has joined the ranks of the exceptional sportsmen and women who are members of the Hublot family. Bolt electrified the world with his performances at the 2008 Summer Olympics and he currently hold world records in the 100 and 200 meters, and with his teammates the 4x100 meter relay. … [Read more...]

Hublot Celebrates FIFA World Cup Timekeeper Role With Official World Cup Watch

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Hublot has announced the signing of one of the most prestigious agreements in its history. The brand will serve as the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch for the next two FIFA World Cup events in 2010 and 2014. This is the first time in FIFA World Cup history that a watchmaking brand will serve as the Official FIFA Timekeeper and have a presence on the substitution board. … [Read more...]

Confrérie Horlogère Hublot Presents “Liberty”

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When formerly high-flying Swiss movement manufacturer BNB Concept sunk under the weight of its accounts receivable in January, Jean-Claude Biver swung into action, bringing BNB's managing director Mathias Buttet and about 30 of his watchmakers to Hublot. Biver also acquired BNB's entire machine base. These decisive steps place Hublot among the few brands that can independently design and produce even the most complex movements in-house. The group's first new creation was shown at Baselworld. … [Read more...]

Hublot Announces New U.S. and Latin America President

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Hublot has announced the appointment of Beatrice de Quervain Blanchard as U.S. President. De Quervain Blanchard will join Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver and Managing Director Ricardo Guadalupe to oversee the U.S. expansion strategy. At Hublot, de Quervain Blanchard will focus on gaining market share through a diverse marketing program that will include the opening of new boutique stores, a strong wholesale network and newsworthy communications initiatives. … [Read more...]

BNB: RIP

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Movement maker BNB Concept is out of business. But its founder, and many of its watchmakers, have found a new gig. … [Read more...]

Reporting from Geneva: Zenith’s New Elite 681 Ultra Thin

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We've arrived in Geneva for SIHH 2010 and our first stop Sunday night was an event hosted by Zenith's new CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour at the Hotel Kempinski to introduce their new line. The room was packed, and Jean-Claude Biver stopped by to lend his support. The featured model is the Elite 681 Ultra Thin. … [Read more...]

What Are These Guys Up To?

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TechnoMarine made a big splash a decade ago. A new team is hoping to do it again. The image of (left to right) Christian Viros, Vincent Perriard, and Steven Cohen, nearly up to their necks in water, is designed to make us wonder what these three bobbing Pep Boys are up to. The image is apt because that’s exactly the question lots of people in the watch world are asking. … [Read more...]

Hublot Manufacture Officially Inaugurated

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Yesterday Hublot officially inaugurated is new manufacture and offices. Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver welcomed LVMH Group Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault and Philippe Pascal, President of the LVMH Timepieces and Jewellery division. Various celebrities, friends of the brand, partners, as well as representatives from local authorities and the press attended the celebration. … [Read more...]