Hublot made a strong showing at this year’s Baselworld, debuting six stunning timepieces, and ensuring the company’s bright future as an industry leader. New additions to the Big Bang series included the limited edition Big Bang Snow Leopard. This stunningly unique piece of wearable art was designed in honor of two-time Olympic champion and two-time Double World champion skier Maria Hofl-Riesch, a longtime friend of Hublot execs Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadalupe. Limited to just 50 pieces, the Snow Leopard is striking in snow-white ceramic accented with a dial set featuring eight bezel-set, yellow diamonds. The strap features a chic, leopard-print denim pattern stitched onto white rubber.
During a press conference at Baselworld, Ms. Hofl-Riesch explained that she selected the snow leopard model because she identified with the animal’s solitary nature and calm strength. Her signature appears on the sapphire crystal of the steel case back. The Hublot brand has always had close links with Swiss ski culture, and was the official timekeeper of the 2011 Alpine World Ski Championships. The sophisticated yet playful Big Bang Snow Leopard represents the advent of a new and exciting era for Hublot.
Other covetable Hublot debuts at Baselworld 2013 were the sports car-inspired MP-05 LaFerrari timepiece, immediately acknowledged by attendees as a masterful amalgam of the magnificence of Maranello manufacturers with the sublime skill of Hublot, as well as the Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie, which was collaboratively designed by 64 experts across 11 disciplines, and features over one thousand diamonds.