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Hublot and Richard Mille’s watches are synonymous with luxury. Both companies manufacture limited edition watches targeting the very apex of the consumer spectrum. Highly skilled craftsmanship, coupled with an ingenious marketing model made these watchmakers stand out from the rest despite being in the watchmaking business for less than half a century.

As a comparison base, Rolex and Seiko companies had been operating for almost 100 years before Hublot came into the picture in 1980, followed by Richard Mille 21 years later. Despite their relatively young status, Hublot and Richard Mille companies command a lot of deference in the watchmaking industry for their revolutionary timepieces.

And their price points match this. It is not surprising to find custom pieces from both companies selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars! You could easily pay off your mortgage by selling a limited edition Richard Mille or Hublot watch. But, between the two companies, which one makes the better watch? To get to the bottom of this, we have to place these watches side by side and analyze them to find out what makes them tick and which one is superior to the other.

Brief History of Richard Mille and Hublot

When Richard Mille went shopping for a watch that would blow his mind about two decades ago, nothing seemed appealing enough. Despite the allure and wave of luxurious watch brands sweeping the watch industry (think of Rolex Daytona, Patek Phillippe Aquanaut, and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watches) during this period, Richard wanted a timepiece that would be a first among equals.

Having spent his whole life as a watchmaker and having stepped down from a management position at a watchmaking company, he was ready to dive into the industry without a life vest – literally. He partnered with Dominique Guenat, another renowned and experienced watchmaker and launched the Horometric SA Company.

The company was tasked with the production of the Richard Mille watch brands. With an Audemars Piguet partnership, the first watch from the company, the Tourbillon RM001, debuted at Basel world in 2001. The success of this watch led to the creation of other models, including the RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson we shall explore in this article.

Hublot is also a fairly new company when compared to the likes of Rolex and Seiko. It was founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco. Crocco, an Italian, wanted to take advantage of the advanced Swiss watchmaking technology to create a masterpiece that would make a statement in the luxury watch industry. And he did just that.

The Hublot Big Bang watch series was the most popular and successful series. In 2009, Hublot released the Hublot Big Bang Aero bang which remains the best-selling watch from the company to date. It was a wonderful watch (still is) with revolutionary features that gave other luxury watches a run for their money. This article compares the Hublot Big Bang Aero bang watch with the popular RM 038 Massa Flyback Chronograph model.

Why compare the RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson with the Hublot Big Bang Aero bang?

Before we jump into the design and analysis of these watches, it is important to understand why we have chosen these specific models. Both are limited edition watches. Only 38 pieces of the RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson and 77 pieces of the Hublot Big Bang Aero bang watch were manufactured. Both pieces were released in 2011 and both received a lot of acclamation and deference from the industry. 

Design and style analysis

Hublot and Richard Mille watches have beautiful and stylish designs. We shall explore these features, similarities, and differences.

Case style and Dimensions

The Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has a micro-blasted black ceramic casing. The RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson is made of AZ91 material, an alloy of magnesium and Aluminum. Both materials are lightweight making the watch one of the lightest luxury watches in the world. Mille was inspired by the construction of fast cars and airplanes to use this lightweight alloy for the watch’s case.

The whitish color of the casing develops from treatment using the electro-plasma oxidation method. This creates a cristalline ceramic coating that improves the hardness of the case and protects the underlying alloy. It also protects the watch against corrosion and scratches. The case has 12 abrasion-resistant screws made of titanium and washers made of high-grade stainless steel.

Both Hublot and Richard Mille are large watches. The Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has a diameter of 44mm, a lug-to-lug distance of 57.3mm, and a thickness of 15.7mm. It has over 330 individual components enclosed in a stylish skeleton case. It comes in 3 versions; Gold ceramic, red gold diamonds, and tungsten.

The watch sits flush on the wrist because the lugs were designed to turn down at the edges. The RM038 case has a diameter of 39.7mm, a lug-to-lug length of 48mm, and a thickness of 12.8mm. The bottom plates of the case, the balancing cock, and the bridges are made of titanium (grade 5).

Bezel

The Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has a micro-blasted black ceramic bezel with 6 H-pattern, highly polished PVD (physical vapor deposit) Titanium Screws. RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson has a sapphire bezel with antiglare treatment. There are 12 spline abrasion-resistant screws on the bezel. These are grade 5 titanium screws and 316L quality stainless steel.

Dial and Crystal

Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has a black skeleton dial with a sapphire crystals. The crystal has undergone anti-reflective treatment that enables the watch to reflect light uniformly. The RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson has a transparent tonneau-shaped dial. This is a skeleton dial protected by an anti-glare-treated sapphire crystal. The bridges and hands are the luminescent skeletons and the minute hand is crafted in white carbon fiber.

Strap and Clasp

Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has white-lined rubber straps. The clasp is made of micro-blasted black ceramic and black-plated stainless steel deployant buckle. The seatbelt buckle has a one-click deployment system that allows you to remove and change straps without using special tools.

The stainless steel clasp has a twin-trigger system that holds the watch in place preventing accidental pop-ups. The strap goes under the clasp, effectively hiding the excess (protruding) strap and eliminating the need for a minder loop. The strap on the RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson watch is made of natural-grade rubber with a folding clasp system. It is a white strap with a pin buckle clasp.

Water resistance

Hublot Big Bang Aero bang is safe to use underwater up to 100m or 10 ATM. The RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson is water-resistant up to 50 meters. It has 2 nitrite O-ring seals that enhance this resistance.

Movement

Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has a HUB44SQ caliber, self-winding chronograph Movement. It has a 42 hours reserve. The RM038 has a manual winding tourbillon movement. The Tourbillon movement was invented in 1795 by Breguet. It is a mechanism that rotates the balance wheel inside the watch, the escapement, and the balance spring to counter the gravitational force imposed on the wheel and spring.

The fast-rotating barrel inside the RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson caliber provides a decrease in periodic internal mainspring adhesion. This produces a higher power reserve/regularity ratio and increases performance. The 20 degrees pressure angle provided by the third-wheel pinion and the central involute profile allows for compensation of variations in the going train and promotes effective rotary motion. This results in excellent torque transmission and ultimately enhances the watch’s performance.

Weight

The RM038 watch was designed for the golfer Bubba Watson. The inspiration behind this watch was to create a timepiece that was comfortable to wear, shock-resistant, and light. Bubba Watson wore this watch while playing golf to showcase how agile the watch was and applicable to any situation. Excluding the strap, the watch weighs 29 grams. The Hublot Big Bang Aero bang weighs 15.84 ounces.

Power Reserve

Hublot Big Bang Aero bang has a 42-hour power reserve. The RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson watch has 48 hours of power reserve.

Which is the best watch: Richard Mille or Hublot?

Following the analysis and comparison we have done here, the ultimate question remains: What would you buy between a Hublot and Richard Mille? If all factors are kept constant, it all boils down to your tastes and preference. A Richard Mille’s watch is designed to make bold statements. It is designed to intrigue and prop the owner into a certain class and category.

Since most of these watches are limited editions, owning a Richard Mille watch speaks volumes about your social and financial status. A Hublot watch is also classy and offers great value for the money. They are certainly more affordable than Richard Mille watches but they do not command similar attention. That said, both Hublot and Richard Mille create wonderful watches. Both companies keep on innovating to dominate the luxury watchmaking segment.

Hublot and Richard Mille prices

The price of Richard Mille watch is approximately $60,000 to $1.3M. There are a lot of factors that come into play to determine this pricing. Some of them include the make of the watch, the watch edition, how complex the watch is, the material used, and the target clientele. Hublot prices are more moderate. You can pick a good Hublot from approximately $1,200. Price variation for Hublot also depends on the factors mentioned herein.

FAQs

Is the RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson still in production?


No. The RM038 watch was an experimental watch designed for the golfer. Only 38 pieces were manufactured. With the success of this watch, Richard Mille came up with the RM038-01 editions that had added functionalities (such as a g-sensor using the tourbillon mechanism), and only 50 pieces were manufactured.

Are Richard Mille watches good?


That depends on perspective. However, there is a reason why a Richard Mille watch commands such high figures among enthusiasts. You are likely to see these watches on the wrists of celebrities. The continued investment in research and innovation in the company enables the company to manufacture sensational yet highly functional and reliable timepieces.

Does Hublot have resale value?


Generally, most Hublot watches depreciate over time. However, there are some which hold their value and this depends on several factors;

The age of the watch – The older the watch is the more value it has to a vintage collector

The condition of the watch

Whether it is a limited edition or not – Hublot manufactures a lot of same-model watches in a year. This minimizes the possibility of these watches gaining value over time because they are readily available in the market

Design of the watch – Unless you own a uniquely designed Hublot (such as one with a gold case) your watch may not appreciate over time

Conclusion

Both Richard Mille and Hublot watches are elegant watches. A Richard Mille timepiece commands attention because people who can afford these watches (especially the limited edition ones) have a privileged social and financial standing in society. When a watch goes beyond the million-dollar mark and still sells out, you know the brand is respected and trusted.

Richard Mille has managed to keep their brand exclusive by releasing limited edition watches and employing ingenious marketing strategies. Noting that the two companies are less than half a century old, their achievement in the watchmaking industry is understated. They came to disrupt the industry with excellent timepieces that utilized innovative technology and carved a niche for themselves.

You will not be disappointed by any of the pieces you decide buy from either company. If money is not a concern to you, I would advise you to go for a Richard Mille watch and get to share the sensation your favorite celebrity has when they are wearing a watch that could pay off your mortgage on their wrist.

Rolex vs Hublot brand comparison

Confused between the two highly-reputed luxury watch brands? You’ve come to the right place! Today we are going to compare Rolex and Hublot on all the factors to help you pick the best luxury timepiece for yourself. We’ll talk about their history, designs, materials, brand value and a lot more!

History

Rolex, as a brand, was founded in 1908 in London by Hans Wildorf and Alfred Davis, moving their operations to Switzerland after World War I.  Since then, they have pioneered several features which have become standard in the watch industry and have become the most recognizable watch brand in the world. 

Their success and brand recognition helped them survive the quartz crisis and has allowed them to stay independently owned since their creation.  Hublot, by contrast, was only founded within the last 50 years, specifically in 1980. 

Uniquely, the founder, Carlo Crocco, broke off from his family watchmaking business to focus on creating a watch brand that, originally, desired to innovate in the straps, and he successfully created the first natural rubber strap in the history of watchmaking. 

In 2008, Hublot was acquired by the LVMH group, who currently owns them, and have since created a blitz marketing campaign to increase their brand presence, particularly, their sponsorships of some of the biggest sport stars in the world, including Kylian Mbappe and Novak Djokovic.

Styling Differences Between the Two Brands

Rolex vs Hublot style difference

It is not hyperbole to say that Rolex has created the most iconic, and the most copied, watch styles in the history of watchmaking.  The Submariner, the Daytona, the GMT Master II, the Day Date, the Datejust, and the Explorer I & II are some of the most recognizable watches in the world.  The oyster bracelet is the most ubiquitous bracelet style in the industry, and the clasp is the most recognizable clasp in the industry.  

And perhaps most importantly, their designs have been responsible for the steel sports watch now being the most common watch worn in the world.  It is because their designs have become so well-known over the last 50 years that they rarely change them; a Submariner made 40 years ago looks remarkably similar to a Submariner made yesterday.  More on this later.

Again, Hublot, by contrast, could not be more different from its much older competitor.  Do you want to wear a watch that looks like no other brand on the market?  Do you want people to notice what’s on your wrist and be so impressed by the unique styling that they stop you to ask what watch you’re wearing?  Do you want to make watch snobs to judge you for daring to be different? 

Then Hublot is the brand for you.  Their flagship model, the Big Bang, while taking design inspiration from some of the more iconic timepieces of the past, has become entirely unique, and Hublot has had the freedom to make it in literally hundreds of iterations since its introduction in 2005.

A quick review of their official website reveals that the Big Bang can currently be purchased in over 180 different colors, configurations, sizes, etc.  If you want a 44mm steel chronograph on a rubber bracelet with a tried and true ETA based movement, then reference 301.SX.130.RX is for you.  However, if you’d prefer a 42mm titanium chronograph on a bracelet with a manufacture calibre and over 400 diamonds in the case, dial, and bracelet, then reference 451.NX.1170.NX.9804 is what you need.

Movements Used

Rolex manufactures all of their own movements, which are shared across their different models.  These include the 3230 (found in the Oyster Perpetual and Air-King), the 3235 (found in the DateJust, Submariner, and the Yachtmaster, among others), the 3255 (found in the Day/Date), and the true GMT movement, the 3285, which is found in the GMT-Master II and the Explorer II.

They also manufacture the 4130, which is found in the Daytona, and perhaps the most impressive of all the movements, the 9001, which appears in the Sky-Dweller.  These movements feature a parachrome hairspring, meaning they are less prone to wear over time and can withstand shocks much better.  They also all feature a 72-hour power reserve and beat at 28,800 vph. 

They are all certified as a “superlative chronometer”, meaning the movements are regulated, after casing, to -2 to +2 seconds per day. Hublot, on the other hand, uses third party movements in a majority of their watches, whether it be quartz or ETA based movements that they’ve modified and/or regulated. 

They do have their own manufacture calibres, launched in 2010 and named UNICO, which feature a chronograph complication and a 72-hour power reserve.  This movement originally appeared in their Big Bang Ferrari models, among other.  They released an updated version in 2018 called the UNICO 2, which now appears in several of their Big Bang models. 

Hublot also manufactures a manual wind movement with a 14-day power reserve, which only appears in models costing around $100,000.  Perhaps their most ostentatious creation, which is saying a lot for a brand like Hublot, is tourbillion movement for a particular model made for Ferrari that features 11 barrels and a 50-day power reserve, that requires a special tool (that looks like an impact gun) to wind.  Disappointingly, Hublot does not have any COSC certified movements as of yet.

When purchasing an automatic watch, you, as the buyer, must also consider downstream servicing costs.  Rolex movements are some of the most studied movements in the world, and while it is always preferred to have the movement serviced by the manufacturer, Rolex owners are fortunate enough that there are hundreds of experienced third-party watchmakers around the world that do a perfectly fine job of servicing a Rolex movement, and at much cheaper prices than sending the watch directly to Rolex. 

The same can be said for Hublot in the pieces that use ETA or quartz movements.  ETA movements are easy to service and easy to maintain, and are very robust.

Materials

Rolex is famous for their use of 904L stainless steel, a material that they create at their own metal foundry, and is used in all of their stainless steel models in the cases and bracelets.  While not as scratch resistant as the 316L stainless steel that you’ll find in a vast majority of other steel watches, it polishes up much nicer and is much more resistant to corrosion (specifically corrosion cause by saltwater). 

Having handled many Rolexes and watches made of 316L, the 904L alloy really does make a difference in appearance.  Rolexes just feel a bit more luxurious and shine a bit brighter.  Rolex is also famous for their use of Everose Gold, which is a proprietary blend of 18 karat pink gold that is a combination of gold, copper, and platinum and gives the gold a reddish hue.

Hublot, on the other hand, has been truly innovative in their use of materials.  Their tagline “Art of Fusion” demonstrates their mandate to try new things by combining different materials within the same watch to create a truly unique timepiece. 

They were the first brand to introduce a rubber strap on a gold watch back in 1980.  They have pioneered the creation of a metal called “Magic Gold”, which they claim to be the first scratch resistant 18k gold ever made, no matter how active your lifestyle.  They have created several different colors of ceramic cases, and have also developed completely transparent sapphire cases.

Other Things to Consider

When debating a purchase between these two brands, there are any things to consider.  However, the most important is the message you’re trying to send the world.  If you are a traditionalist that likes to wear a recognizable timepiece from a brand responsible for some of the most enduring designs, then Rolex is for you. 

As mentioned above, the designs created by Rolex 75 years ago have become some of the most copied on the planet.  While not the first dive watch, the Submariner has influenced every dive watch made since its introduction, and because of this, Rolex has kept basically the same design language for 75 years.  

This is a huge appeal to collectors, and is a reason why vintage pieces are so incredibly sought after.  It is also why the brand gets a bit of stick among the watch collecting community.  The “don’t fix what isn’t broken” way of designing watches has rubbed people the wrong way for some time now, as has their miniscule updates to their timepieces over the years. 

Rolex knows that their timepieces have a reputation to uphold and they don’t make any decisions that could risk that reputation. Hublot could literally not be more different.  They price themselves on taking risks, on using unique materials in their watches, and in taking risks in their designs.  If, above everything else, you want to be unique, then you will not a find brand more suited to you than Hublot. 

The brand has faced a lot of criticism over the years, being accusing of stealing designs and taking the term “limited edition” too far, but sometimes that the price you pay for becoming successful in an industry which isn’t receptive to newcomers and places such a premium on history.  Regardless of your feelings about the brand, however, it is undeniable that Hublot has carved out a very successful niche for itself in the industry.

Rolex vs. Hublot:  Popularity, Pricing & Resale Value

Popularity & Pricing:  Rolex is the most popular watch brand in the world, and is perhaps the only brand that non-watch people would immediately recognize.  It is because of this that demand and pricing at the lower end of a piece’s range will always be relatively stable, especially for their steel sports models.  It’s extraordinarily unlikely that you will ever need to sell a Rolex for less than you originally paid for it. 

Brand new from a Rolex authorized dealer, prices ranges from $5,800 for an Oyster Perpetual to nearly $15,000 for a steel variant of the Sky-Dweller.  Obviously, prices increase rather steeply when you begin looking at precious metal variations.  

It’s the secondary market where things get a bit more interesting and is perhaps more indicative of the market for Rolex.  While a GMT-Master II Batman on a Jubilee bracelet will cost you $10,700 from an authorized dealer, you are likely to pay over $18,000 for one on the used market.  This is the case for a lot of their current models. 

Even discontinued pieces, like the “Hulk” Submariner, which cost around $9,000 when new are selling for over $20,000 used.  Love it or hate it, this is the price you pay for demand of Rolex, and this is entirely unique to this segment of the industry (i.e., stainless steel sports models in the $10,000-$15,000 price range).

Hublot, on the other hand, can’t pretend to even compete with the popularity of Rolex as a brand.  But you don’t buy a Hublot hoping the average person will recognize the watch you’re wearing.  You buy a Hublot so that the average person asks what you’re wearing.  And Hublot, like nearly all brands not named Rolex, Vacherin Constantin or Patek Phillippe, is cheaper on the secondary market than buying brand new. 

Hublot’s most understated model, the Fusion, can be bought for $5,900 directly from Hublot but can be found much cheaper on the used market.  This is the case for nearly all of their models. While often times when deciding to purchase a watch, we go in with the intent of the purchase lasting us for the rest of our life but consideration must be made as to resale value, especially when shopping in this segment of the market. 

Life happens, and sometimes the need arises to offload a piece or two to fund other expenses. And when comparing these two brands, it’s really not a discussion.  As mentioned above, it’s very unlikely that you will ever sell a Rolex for less than you paid for it, and that’s normally the case whether or not you sell it a year after you bought it or a decade. 

The ability to maintain its value is one of the strongest attractions to Rolex.  And, unfortunately, like most watch brands not named Rolex or Patek Philippe, this is not the case for Hublot.

Rolex Submariner vs. Hublot Big Bang

Rolex Submariner vs Hublot Big bang

As we wrap up, it’s worth comparing two of the most recognizable models from each brand.  As mentioned previously, the Submariner is one of the most iconic timepieces in the history of watches.

Rolex’s current lineup consists of 8 different variations, ranging from a stainless steel, no-date, version with a black dial and black bezel that retails for approximately $8,950 (reference 124060) to an all 18 carat white gold variant with a date complication, black dial and blue bezel that retails for approximately $40,000 (reference 126619LB). 

All variants are 41mm in diameter, are water resistant to 300 meters, have a 120-click unidirectional bezel, and feature a “superlative chronometer” movement with a 70-hour power reserve.  And, of course, every model has the instantly recognizable design language of a Rolex Submariner.

As mentioned above, the Hublot Big Bang is currently offered in over 140 different iterations.  For purposes of this comparison, we will focus on their base model (reference 301.SX.130.RX), which retails for approximately $12,900. 

It’s housed in a case that is 44mm in diameter, water resistant to 100 meters and contains a chronograph complication based on the ETA Valjoux 7753 with a central seconds chronograph hand, 3 sub-registers, and a 41 hour power reserve.  It’s mounted on Hublot’s famous rubber strap with a deployant clasp, and comes with a style completely distinct to Hublot.

Final Decision

When deciding which watch gets to grace your wrist for either the next couple of years, or for the rest of your life, the most important thing is to think about what you will like looking at.  It takes time to figure out which piece you will want to look at over and over and over again.  Both brands have their strengths and weaknesses, which we have attempted to lay out for you here. 

Spending several thousand on a timepiece is not a decision to be taken lightly.  Do you want to wear a timepiece that is easy to read and is backed by a hundred years of watchmaking history?  Then Rolex is your brand.  Do you want a brand that is known for its innovation in the industry and is a bit more modern in their design language and use of materials? 

Then Hublot is the brand for you.  And, just remember, at the end of the day, if the piece you originally purchased is not the piece for you, you can always sell and begin your watch shopping journey again.

Hublot vs Omega

When it comes to luxury watches, Hublot and Omega are some of the very top names you will find. These brands have established themselves in the luxury watch industry over time. Most people prefer to go with either Hublot or Omega when looking for a renowned Swiss watchmaker. Agreeably, you will not find any better Swiss watchmaker with luxury watches like these two brands.

With their successes, one has to compare to decide which brand is more outstanding. Hence, the Hublot Vs. Omega comparison is one way for watch lovers to determine which brand stands out. One thing you should have at the back of your mind is that these brands produce some of the best watches you can find.

The answer to which brand produces better watches depends on several contexts. In our article, we will address several features spotted by each brand and how these qualities affect their performance.

Things to Consider Before Selecting Your Preferred Watch Choice

Watch lovers know that watches are not just pieces to tell time. For such people, watches represent something more, and some consider watches as coveted accessories that can complement their outfits. Thus, watches can make bold statements about your lifestyle, taste, and sometimes your success. 

When choosing a watch, you must understand that there’s a lot at stake. But, how do you pick the right watch to portray your desired personality when it comes fo Hublot and Omega watches? Here are some things you can consider before picking your preferred watch or brand.

The Style

Versatility is an essential feature to consider when deciding on your luxury watch type. Most people prefer something classic and minimal, while some go for recently released timepieces that can do several things more than tell time. Such watches may track your fitness, have a navigation compass, and have a GMT feature that allows you to tell the time in different time zones. 

Whatever style you go for, ensure it suits the outfits you wear daily. Additionally, try to pick a neutral color. You may decide to opt for leather, suede or metallic straps, depending on your preference. Most Hublot and Omega watches have great style and class. Hence, you have to consider a collection that suits your everyday lifestyle.

How it Fits

You mustn’t overlook this factor when picking your preferred watch. Your wrist size is an important factor to consider at all times. Thus, you should consider a watch design with a bigger and stronger face if you have a large wrist. A thin, small watch may look too delicate on a large wrist.

Equally, a stronger face or bigger watch may look out of place on a smaller wrist. You must consider either Hublor or Omega watches if they match well with your wrist size. You may need to pay close attention to features like diameter and lug-to-lug to help you make a better choice.

Price Vs. Value Retention

Vintage watches tend to retain and even increase in pricing after you purchase them. However, some Hublot and Omega watches may not share such features. Instead, these watches may drop in value after you purchase them.

If you want to purchase an expensive Hublot or Omega watch to sell it later, you must check how much such a pre-owned watch costs compared to new versions of the same brand and model. Expensive Omega and Hublot watches tend to have good value retention once purchased. However, you may need to research to determine which model within the brands to purchase.

Maintenance

It would help if you considered watches from brands with more robust and durable watches. Luckily, both Hublot and Omega watches have a good reputation for producing durable and strong watches. You may not need to spend money on these watches after purchasing them. If, however, you spend on maintenance, the fee will not cost much.

Hublot Vs. Omega Watches: Which is Better?

There are about 16 watch brands that feature in the top 50 Swiss brand watches. This ranking tells you just how essential watchmaking is to the Swiss community. Before we delve into the comparisons, let us look at each brand and what they portray.

About Omega Watches

About omega watches

When you talk of Swiss luxury watches, you must mention Omega SA. Omega watches are a subsidiary of the Swatch Group and have a museum full of historic watches. The brand is significant because, since its inception, many reputable people and organizations have worn its watches. In 1917, the combat units of the Royal Flying Corps of Britain wore the watches, while in 1918, the U.S Army used Omega’s watches in its units.

Once again, Omega was the watch of choice for NASA’s 1969 Apollo 11 mission. Additionally, the brand has remained the official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932. The brand is also a partner of the 2022 Winter Olympics and the official timekeeper of America’s Cup yacht race. Some of Omega’s most respectable watches include the Omega Speedmaster which was declared “Flight Qualified” in 1965 and certified for use by all Crewed Space Missions.

Thus, Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster watch to the moon in 1969. Another piece of high reputation under the brand is the Omega Stainless Steel Tourbillon 301, actioned at $1.43 million in 2017. The watch was the most expensive ever auctioned until 2018—the Omega wristwatch Ref. H6582/D96043 (1960) is another interesting timepiece to consider.

The watch once belonged to Elvis Presley and was auctioned by Phillips in 2018 for $1.812 million to make it the most expensive Omega timepiece ever auctioned. Omega has positioned itself as one of the best in the luxury watch market with its unique product line.

Their products capture people looking for higher-end iconic watches and also those who need affordable but high-end pieces. Some of their watches carry special features specifically tailored for such situations. With Omega, you will find many elegant dress watches and also high-quality tool watches. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying Omega Watches

There are several pros and cons associated with buying Omega watches, and we will now look at these advantages and disadvantages.

Pros

  • Omega has a brand value nine times that of Hublot watches. Furthermore, the watches have almost 70% international brand recall. Hence, buying an Omega watch allows you to enjoy a superior quality guarantee.
  • The brand has a mirage of choices you can consider. There are more than a thousand watch models which you can consider when patronizing this brand.
  • Although Omega has high-quality watches, you will find that their products are relatively affordable compared to Hublot.
  • Omega has reputable professional watches, including the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch specially designed for astronauts. The Omega watch was the first ever to grace the moon’s surface.
  • The brand’s watches have the backing of COSC and METAS. Omega produces the best Master Chronometers that offer accurate mechanical movements. In addition, Omega produces more quartz watch models which offer more precision. Their watches also require less maintenance compared to mechanical watches.

Cons

  • Omega does not produce many limited, special, and numbered edition watches like other brands. You may have to patronize another brand if you are a lover of these kinds of watches.
  • The brand also does not produce as many high-priced blingy watches as other brands. Hence, you may have to look elsewhere (Hublot does better in this category).

A Look at Hublot Watches

A look at Hublot Watch

Hublot watches are the creation of Carlo Crocco, who named them after a French word meaning “porthole.” His watch featured the very first natural rubber strap used in the history of watchmaking. LVMH acquired the brand from its founder in 2008 for an undisclosed fee. As of 2019, the brand had 169 boutiques littered across several countries, a tremendous improvement after it launched its mono-brand store in 2007 in Paris. 

Since its inception, Hublot has grown to become one of the top luxury watch brands in the industry. The brand has stores in several locations like Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, Beverly Hills, Dallas Houston, etc. Additionally, you can find its flagship store on Bond Street, London. 

The brand has several notable watch models. One such model is the Big Bang Sang Bleu II which comes in king gold or titanium. Another of Hublot’s most renowned wristwatches is the Big Bang Meca-10 which is available in magic gold, titanium, or king gold. The Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT is another reputable watch which comes in carbon fiber or titanium. 

The brand is the official timekeeper of ICC and also Formula 1. They also provided special editions of their Big Bang watches for referees in the 2008 UEFA Euros tournament. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying Hublot Watches

Pros

  • Hublot watches are one of the most reputable luxury watch brands in the world.
  • The brand manufactures several limited and special edition watches. If you want to feel special wearing a particular watch, you should try Hublot.
  • If bling is your style, you will love Hublots blingy luxury watch collection. The brand produces models with pave dials (faces paved with diamonds), diamond bezels, and precious metals of various types. With Hublot, you will get that touch of class and bling with rare and limited editions.

Cons

  • Hublot watches cost a tad more than Omega luxury watches. In addition, they don’t have a great resale value compared to other top brands.

Hublot Vs. Omega Comparison

Brand Recognition

The Hublot Vs. Omega comparison takes into consideration several factors. One such factor is the ranking of these brands in the top 50 Swiss brands. Omega is the seventh most reputable brand worldwide, while it is also the second most reputable Swiss watch brand. The brand has a reputation for its 70% international brand recognition.

Hublot, on the other hand, is ranked 40th in the top 50 Swiss brands list. Additionally, the brand is the 14th most reputable Swiss watch brand worldwide. Does this make Hublot a less major brand? No! Hublot is a major brand through and through. 

Many people tend to remember Omega watches more than their Hublot counterparts. However, any watch connoisseur knows that Hublot has some tremendous achievements and has earned respect in the watch business despite being younger than Omega

Pricing

When considering the pricing, Hublot watches tend to cost about twice the price of the most affordable Omega watch. Currently, the most affordable Hublot watch for men is the Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic for men. The watch uses purely mechanical movements on its automatic calibers. On the other hand, Omega watches cost less than half the price of a Hublot watch.

The brand has more affordable watches like the 35mm Seamaster 300m. The watch uses a cost-effective battery-powered quartz movement. However, you can also enjoy mechanical movements on some of its watches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which has the best value: Omega or Hublot?

Considering the resale value, you will get more money reselling Hublot watches compared to your Omega watch. Does that make Omega watches less valuable? No. Omega has excellent watches as well. However, the value of a watch depends on things like the brand value, recognition and resale value.

Since Hublot watches produce more special and limited editions, they are more likely to have a higher value than Omega watches.

Which is better: the Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic (38mm men’s watch) or the Seamaster 300m (35mm) Men’s Omega constellation Quartz?

The two watches have unique features that make them stand out. However, while the former uses mechanical movements, the latter uses battery-powered quartz movements.

Are Hublot watches Cheaper than Omega?

Not quite. The cheapest Hublot watch is twice more expensive as the cheapest Omega. Thus, you can get more affordable watches with the Omega brand compared to their Hublot counterparts.

Conclusion

We have outlined the differences between Omega and Hublot watches. In our research, we found that the cheapest Hublot Geneve wristwatch costs twice as much as the cheapest Omega Speedmaster. Is Hublot respected more than Omega? Not really.

Omega has made its mark in the luxury watch industry with several collaborations. Furthermore, the brand has produced several watches which have become artefacts over the years. One such watch is the Moonwatch and the James Bond watch. 

There are several quartz watches in Hublot’s collection which do not find much favor with watch lovers and collectors. However, Hublot has earned the respect of many watch connoisseurs with their Masterpiece collection, which has many respectable watches. The choice to select your luxury watch brand or product depends solely on your preferences.

We have outlined certain factors you may consider before making your preferred choice. You may decide to choose either of the brands based on your taste rather than general opinion. Which is better? It also depends on the perspective you consider.. 

Panerai and Hublot are two paragons of luxury watch brands. Both brands have attained great things in terms of style, build, and overall quality. An intriguing reality about these two notable brands is that they are both associated with Italy. Panerai was established in Italy, and though Hublot is a Swiss brand, its founder was Italian. Hublot is moderately new, yet it has figured out how to advance and develop amazingly. When comparing two brands, people will have different opinions, that’s why our team of experts is giving you a detailed review of these two big brands, Hublot vs Panerai.

Hublot vs Panerai: Comparison

Both are iconic luxury watch brands, but which one is better for you depends upon your lifestyle and needs. In this article, we’ll dive into some of the most notable aspects of the two brands.

 

Overview of the Brands

Panerai

Panerai, or Officine Panerai, was established in Florence, Italy, in 1860. The organization initially created a significant impression when it became an official Royal Italian Navy’s legitimate timekeeping instruments provider. During the Second World War, Panerai enhanced their production for the Italian military. Most importantly, they developed dive watches for combat divers. This experience led them to develop high-quality dive watches that have become the company’s hallmarks to this day. Their dive watch’s build and design had been tested even in the worst times in human history.

Hublot

Hublot is a Swiss-based watch organization that was established in 1980 by Italian watchmaker Carlo Crocco. The brand is generally new; however, its creative watch plans pushed the brand to more prominent statures in a brief period. Their accomplishment is excellent and deserving of acclaim. One of Hublot’s greatest draws is their exceptionally tested watch development. Hublot uses an expansive range of materials, such as metals, clay, elastic, texture, and calfskin. Given the brand’s receptiveness to try different things with their assembly, Hublot has gained prestige for having the most remarkable-looking watches in the market today.

 

Manufacturing Quality

Hublot

The manufacturing quality of Hublot is the amalgamation of innovation and art. Moreover, the addition of high tech to the craftsmanship creates a beautiful combination of past and present. Experts in various fields work for Hublot, producing micro components and developing innovative ideas. Hublot always strives to create new watches that are reliable and meet the watch lovers’ aesthetic expectations.

The essential Hublot materials are:

  • Magic Gold
  • Ceramic
  • Sapphire
  • Rubber

 Panerai

On the other hand, Panerai depicts modesty and endurance. Proper tests are conducted to ensure the watch complies with the brand’s identity. With their moderate plan, Panerai watches are intended to be reliable. Their past is even highlighted in their products.

The materials of Panerai watches are the following:

  • Steel
  • Titanium
  • Ceramic
  • White Gold

Both the companies drive forward to achieve their aim in the watchmaking industry. The manufacturing quality is different in both brands due to their different goals.

 

Hublot vs Panerai: Warranty

Luxury watches are delicate things, frequently comprising of many parts, and assembling one is a fragile cycle that, as a rule, requires numerous long periods of work by hand by a skilled watchmaker. Different watch brands have varying policies in terms of the warranty. The warranty for a watch brand depends on the fact that the products’ quality is good enough to last at least the whole warranty period.

Panerai is ensured against all assembling defects for two years beginning from the procurement date, given that an approved seller endorses the guarantee card. This guarantee does not cover wear and tear or harm brought about by inappropriate handling. All fixes or overhauling work completed by outsiders not approved by Panerai would naturally discredit your guarantee.

Likewise, Each Hublot watch is ensured against assembling deformities and issues for a long time from the date of procurement. However, the guarantee period can be lengthened utilizing the Hublotista program. Like all watch guarantees, Hublot does not cover harm because of disregard, external variables, or inappropriate watch handling.

 

Hublot vs Panerai: Pricing

The most popular models of Panerai watchers range from $3,000 to $5,000.

Here is a list of Panerai’s popular models and their prices:

  • Panerai Luminor Submersible: starts from $3,939
  • Luminor Marina: starts from $4,054
  • Luminor GMT Automatic: starts from $4,657
  • Luminor Power Reserve: starts from $4,797
  • Lunar Submersible: starts from $5,036

In contrast, the price of Hublot watches are the following:

The price varies from one brand to another, yet innovations and features are incorporated for better usage and reliability. Hublot price ranges are comparatively high, but their products are worthy of buying.

 

Hublot vs Panerai: Chronograph Watches

Panerai Luminor Chrono Monopulsante 8-Days GMT

The Luminor Chrono Monopulsante (model# PAM00317) is a great watch that consolidates Panerai’s qualities into one beautiful, smooth, and present-day assembly. The 44 mm case material is produced using black ceramic, which gives the watch a degree of extravagance and glory.

Additionally, it also includes the following features:

  • Sapphire gem glass which is both solid and scratch-safe
  • Dark dial with glowing white markers
  • Hands are easily readable
  • The Monopulsante shows a 24-hour indicator, a minute counter, and a power reserve.
  • It incorporates a caliber P.2004 manual winding 29-jewel movement.
  • It has 192 hours of power reserve.
  • Perfect horology

The overall structure of this model can be considered humble and reliable.

 

Hublot Classic Aerofusion Titanium Chronograph

The Hublot Aerofusion Titanium, with its elegant design and modern innovation, certainly meets the modern standards.

The watch has the following features:

  • Full-metal 45 mm tank-like appearance
  • Titanium material 
  • Lighter weight
  • The dial configuration adopts a skeletal strategy.
  • The strap is made of alligator leather, which provides flexibility and durability.
  • It uses a HUB1155 self-winding chronometer movement and analog dial display.
  • A reliable 42-hour power reserve.

Thus, the innovation and the metal design make it one of the most comfortable timepieces to wear.

 

Hublot vs Panerai: Mechanical Watches

Panerai Luminor Base Logo 44mm PAM0073 Review

The famous Panerai Luminor Base Logo is an absolute necessity for any watch lover. The exemplary form of the PAM0073 model gives recognition to the principal gen Luminor watches while injecting and refreshing it with current watch advancements to keep the watch pertinent.

It has the following features:

  •   The case is made from stainless steel and measures 44 mm.
  •   Within the PAM0073’s sturdy case lies a P.6000 caliber with a 19-jewel build.
  •   The watch caliber also clocks at 21,600 VPH.
  •   Inca bloc anti-shock technology 
  •   100-meter water resistance
  •   Outstanding three-day power reserve 
  •   Good quality structure

In short, this watch is simply reliable and possesses a high-quality structure, making it iconoclast of Panerai Brand

 

Hublot One Click Calavera Catrina King Gold Review

This is a notable watch of Hublot. This watch is a finished deviation from Panerai’s entrance, which inclines towards more compelling and moderately tasteful. This decision is intended to help show you the differentiating styles that the two brands apply to their watches. Hublot is all about innovations combined with expert artistry, and the Calavera Catrina King Gold is the perfect example of this.

The distinguishable features are the following:

  • A hyper-colorful timepiece
  • Mexican skull design on the dial
  • Caliber HUB1710 self-winding mechanical movement
  • Analog display
  • The caliber gives up to 50 hours of power reserve.

The artistic display and quality manufacturing make it an iconic timepiece. This comparative analysis of both brands shows that Hublot, with its innovative design and technological advancement, is a better choice than Panerai.

 

Hublot vs Panerai: Conclusion

Panerai is a longstanding and highly regarded watch brand with a strong history and flawless Prestige in its name and famous dive watches. But in terms of technological advancement and innovations, the Panerai watches are lacking compared to Hublot watches. While Hublot is moderately new, this fantastic-looking watch is attractive and exceptional. As far as style and assortment, Hublot has the upper hand. Moreover, their manufacturing quality is growing by leaps and bounds. Hublot timepieces are considered trendy watches, and they offer a range of straps in terms of their material. They also have expertise in developing sports watches. In short, technological innovations and their unique designs make Hublot a luxury brand of the new generation.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER RETURNS TO THE RING IN FABULOUS LAS VEGAS!

August 22nd, 2017 [Las Vegas, NV] – Hublot, the iconic Swiss watch brand representing the Art of Fusion, is thrilled to announce its second partnership with boxing great Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the undefeated, 12-time world champion, for his fight against UFC® mega-star  Conor McGregor. The bout will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in an event produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV®.

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Following the brand’s first partnership with the unbeaten all-time great for the 2015 “Fight of the Century,” in which he defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision, Mayweather will once again sport Hublot across the waistband of his boxing trunks as he enters the ring this weekend.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, shared: “Once again, we have the great honor to partner with a true living legend, Floyd Mayweather, ‘The Best Ever,’ for what is sure to be the ‘Fight of the Millennium.’ In line with Hublot’s ‘First, Different, Unique’ brand ethos, Mayweather previously never had a brand adorn his boxing shorts until our ‘knockout’ partnership in 2015. I am thrilled to partner with him again in the same way. We look forward to the match this weekend and hope for a repeat performance of 2015, cementing his undefeated record! The collaboration continues the brand’s long history in support of the noble art of boxing and celebrating the Legend of the Legends.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr, declared: “I am proud of my relationship with Hublot. When I fight, I wear what I want to wear and Hublot has the main spot on my trunks. We have a major, powerful deal that you will see forever. It’s timeless.”

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