Hublot - The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE Geneva Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Hublot
    Year: 2009
    Case No: 840'342
    Model Name: King Biver
    Material: Titanium and Ceramic Carbon
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. HUB 414, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Hublot folding clasp
    Dimensions: 48mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This watch is unique! A variety of matte tones combine from the dial to the strap, and all the eye can see is…black! This King Power Foudroyante All Black was made especially for Jean Claude Biver by Hublot employees and presented to him on 20 September 2009 for his 60th birthday. Mr Biver then generously donated the watch to a charity auction where the hammer price was a multiple of the retail price of the standard model.

    Engraved “Unique Piece N° 1/1” on the caseback, the present watch distinguishes itself by the unique “King Biver” inscription on the rotor. “King Power Foudroyante All Black” was designed under the unique Hublot “All Black” concept, also described as “invisible complete visibility”. This piece exemplifies the qualities of Hublot’s design and succeeds in combining tradition with the visionary creativity of the 21st century. The chronograph Rattrapante Foudroyante movement adds a special dynamic to this 48mm timepiece. Designed in matte black ceramic fitted with a rubber bracelet, the watch is comfortable, flexible and extremely resistant. Water resistant up to a depth of 100 meters.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1980

    Hublot was founded by Carlo Crocco in 1980 and named after the French word for "porthole," which resembles their iconic bezel design. Hublot's first watch followed three years of research and was the first wristwatch to be fitted with a natural rubber strap. The brand's most recognizable watch today is the 'Big Bang', which was first launched in 2005 upon the arrival of CEO and shareholder Jean-Claude Biver. Other noteworthy models are the 'Classic Fusion' and 'King Power'. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A unique titanium and ceramic carbon split-seconds chronograph wristwatch with foudroyante and rubber bracelet, made especially for Jean Claude Biver on the occasion of his 60th birthday

48mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF62,500

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