HUBLOT pushes the boundary of imagination.

In April 2005, Big Bang was born, taking HUBLOT into a whole new era. “Big Bang” echoes with the big bang of the universe. Everything, life or time, starts from that Big Bang in the vast universe, drawing everything into one entity, creating the sky and the earth. It means a brand new world and a brand new future. And for HUBLOT, since the proud birth of the Big Bang, “Art of Fusion”, representing reborn, create and revive, has become its life-long pursuit. Just like the ever evolving nature, HUBLOT never stops innovating and connecting the past and the future by developing ultra-light materials and creating fresh colors that the world has never seen. HUBLOT is creating a future that is beyond your wildest dream.

For the first time in the history, HUBLOTfused” precious metal with rubber when it was established in Nyon, Switzerland in 1980. Since then, the world of “Fusion” kept on expanding, from combination between classic materials such as platinum, gold, refined steel, natural rubber and other materials such as aluminum, titanium, carbon, zirconium, tungsten and magnesium, to high-tech composites such as composite zirconium with oxide ceramics, composite resin, to name but a few. Even if your imagination has a boundary, HUBLOT’s innovation will continue to push it further and further. Each and every gift from the universe is utilized and exploited in the most extensive and intensive way possible. When “Magic Gold” brings the world the hardest gold that never scratches; when osmium, the valuable rare metal, appears in the dial in the form of bright, colorful and neon-like crystal; when the dull and cold color of carbon fiber and ceramic is erased by the multicolored bezel of HOBLOT watches, it is hard to even imagine any other material that will not appear in HUBLOT watches. The change of melting point and atom triggers a series of amazing transformation, leaving the world stunned by this unique language of innovative materials.

After his lectures in China World Trade Center Tower 3, National Museum of China and Tsing Hua University in 2012, Mr. Mathias Buttet, the legendary scientist and Research & Development Director at the HUBLOT Manufacture, came to National Library of China in Beijing, to share his fascinating ideas and interpretation of material innovation on November 30th, 2014. Instead of a watchmaker, Mathias Buttet prefers the tiltle “scientist”. Under his lead, HUBLOT has come a long way in R&D and complex watchmaking, reaching far beyond the realm of watchmaking. Especially in material innovation, HUBLOT’s groundbreaking achievement will definitely be of great influence in the future high-tech industry.

Innovative Material

The origins of osmium can date back to the formation of the Earth and the primitive solar nebula. Metal alloys with very high melting point could only be formed at a depth of over 2900 km where the temperature is sufficiently high to melt these elements. Convection movements raised these materials to the surface, almost unchanged since the formation of our planet.

As far as we are aware, Osmium is the rarest metal on our planet. It is part of the platinum group and is therefore found in the same places as platinum, mainly in Russia and South Africa. Approximately 10,000 tonnes of platinum ore contains about 28 grams of osmium. It is estimated that there are some 200 tonnes of osmium reserves, compared with 13,000 tonnes of platinum, which is itself a rare metal. Despite the reserve, there are only 30 kilograms of osmium produced every year all over world. Scientists estimated that if all osmium of the planet is extracted and shaped to a block, the size would be just 20×20×20 m3. Being a very hard metal, it is also the densest and heaviest metal at 22.6 g/cm3 (heavier than platinum, iridium or rhenium). Naturally, it is well worth the reputation of being the most expensive metal in the world. Osmium was priced at 60 euros/gram when Hublot first laid its eyes on it and it increased to 800 euros per gram within just 2 years. According to the economists in Europe, its price will continue to rise. HUBLOT will therefore keep on focusing on its development.

Thanks to the constant effort of the R&D team in Valais, Switzerland, HUBLOT’s osmium crystal, a big step in the valuable metal industry, is now patent protected. The crystal is made in an environment of 3033 degree Celsius, the melting point of osmium. First, osmium powder is placed in a medium-sized vacuumed container. A special kind of gas is then injected into the container. The mixture will next be heated up to a certain temperature when osmium powder evaporates and coagulates on the top of the container. And that coagulum is osmium crystal. In its compact and crystallized form, it becomes very stable in the air and radiates rays of blue brilliance that will never fade.

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