Brand Directory: Hublot
Hublot's history begins with its’ creator – Carlo Crocco, an Italian who was inspired by his family of watchmakers. He designed his first watch in 1967., and in 1980., he set up the Hublot company.
In late 2003, Swatch Group's Omega division president Jean-Claude Biver had a meeting with Carlo Crocco, and in May 2004, Biver became CEO, sat on the board and is a minority shareholder in Hublot Watches.
Immediately Biver created a new flagship collection that was shown in BaselWorld in April 2005, Hublot's "Big Bang" chronograph. Becoming an immediate hit. A few months later, in November 2005, the Big Bang chronograph was awarded internationally, receiving the following awards "2005 Design Prize" in the "Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix", "Watch of the Year" in Bahrain and "Watch of the Year" in Japan, and the Middle Eastern Prize for the "Best Oversized Watch" at the Editor’s Choice. Through the innovation and genius of Biver in 2004, the brand's sales went from 24 million Swiss francs to close to a staggering 100 million Swiss francs in 2006.
Hublot opened its first boutique in Paris, in the Rue Saint-Honoré in February 2007.
In April 2008 it was announced that the LVMH group had purchased Hublot from founder Carlo Crocco for an undisclosed fee.
As of 2019, Hublot had 169 Boutiques.