Hublot as a brand began in the early 1980s, around 1981. The term “hublot” means “porthole” in French, which was the aesthetic influence behind the brand’s case designs. Of course Hublot wasn’t the first company to produce watch cases inspired by portholes. About 10 years earlier in 1972 Audemars Piguet released the Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak whose case (while different looking) was also inspired by portholes.
Hublot has a relatively quiet history as a pleasant but ultimately small watch brand that did itself the disservice of being founded during the height of the quartz crisis. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Hublot wasn’t doing very well and was apparently looking for a buyer. That buyer ended up being Jean-Claude Biver who recently came from Omega and Blancpain (the latter of which he sold to the Swatch Group).
This reference 301.SB.131.RX model Big Bang watch has a carbon fiber dial. Less common these days, carbon fiber dials were all the rage several years ago. Hublot offered one of the handsomest executions of the concept in those Big Bang watches that features carbon fiber. The black carbon fiber texture is matched to applied steel hour indicators with a hint of sporty red color. The great look is only strengthened by its inherent legibility. Inside this Big Bang watch is a modified Swiss ETA automatic chronograph movement that Hublot calls their caliber HUB4100. It is visible through the exposed caseback with a custom Hublot automatic rotor. More recent Hublot models have featured in-house made movements. This particular piece is in excellent condition. Please enquire for more information.
Model Number: 341.SB.131.RX
Condition: (2) Excellent
Condition Detail: Full boxes included, secondary authentication papers available.
Case Width: 43x43mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Lug Type: Part-Integrated
Lug Width: 26mm
Strap Length: N/A
Strap Material: Rubber
Complications: Hours; Minutes; Small seconds; Chronograph; Date