We have definitely seen a lot at this year’s Baselworld. Some of the timepieces presented have possibly changed the history and tradition of watch making, some are artistic creations, some have inspired us and some shocked. Hublot has allegedly earned quite a lot at this event. In fact, a number most of us can’t even imagine seeing, not to say giving for a watch – $5 million!
We have seen some quite insane prices, but I can understand why a watch enthusiast would spare several thousands of dollars for a one of a kind watch of outstanding performances. In this particular model, the price is justified solely by the material used in it. The diamonds total to 140 carats. Approximately 1282 diamonds were used in the dial, case and bracelet. Six emerald-cut diamonds, weighting over three carats each, are included in the bracelet. The case is white gold. Hublot had a team of seventeen people to get all these diamonds in place. Of course, the diamonds were gathered from all around the world and had to match in transparency and quality.
Yet, as for the mechanism and complications, there seems to be nothing exceptional about it. The dial features the basic time display. But the watch is not very legible, at least in my opinion. However, when it comes to pieces like this one, legibility is probably not what you are striving for. It is simply a sign of prestige and class.
Hublot has presented similar looking timepieces at Baselworld 2009 and 2011, but the price was significantly lower – one and two million dollars, respectively.
And you may wonder who actually offered this amount of money, since the watch IS sold. It is The Hour Glass watch retailer from Singapore. The watch is currently displayed at their flagship store in Singapore but it will later tour through all the stores, and The Hour Glass has 25 of them throughout Asia. But actually, there were several offers for this timepiece during Baselworld. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?