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Last month we were pleased to announce Hublot’s nomination for a prestigious Walpole Award for Excellence in the “International Luxury Brand” category. Nominated alongside the innovative watch-maker were four other exceptionally well known luxury powerhouses; Hermès, Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, and The Peninsula Hotels. Arguably some of the best known brands in the business it was clear from the start that Hublot was among good company.
And so the stage was set for a sensational show down to take place on the 15th of November at the Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall.
The Walpole Awards for Excellence
Remarkably, despite the stiff competition it faced from the other, more established brands, Hublot emerged victorious on the night. Whilst the outcome may have surprised some not familiar with the luxury watch industry, veteran observers will no doubt view this as yet another reminder of CEO Jean-Claude Biver’s unwavering commitment to building a successful, dynamic brand.
The criteria for the award focused around international luxury brands which have had an important impact on the luxury sector at a global level, in terms of presence, distribution, innovation, customer service and media exposure. Anyone who’s been keeping an eye of the (innumerable) activities of the brand over the last 12 months would know therefore that Hublot was certainly a worthy recipient.
Summing up the feeling of the night, and indeed the year for Hublot, Biver declared:
“This year has been full of excitement and emotion for me and everyone at Hublot. We began production of our in-house UNICO movement together with Grande Complications such as our Minute Repeater and Tourbillon movements. We deployed Hublotista, our unique authenticity/certification system, to over 350 points of sale throughout the world. We opened our 28th Hublot Boutique in Bal Harbour Miami, and are preparing with Peter Marino Paris, Place Vendôme and New York, Madison Avenue. We continued to be the dominant luxury brand in the world of soccer and achieved new goals in new territories with Formula 1. Today we are humbled by this most prestigious recognition of achievement. To find ourselves in the company of such excellence is reward in itself. To win is of course something completely different and I am extremely proud to accept this award.”
The Final Word
Hublot continues to forge new ground in the world of luxury watches under the passionate leadership of Jean-Claude Biver, and although not everyone may agree with the direction taken, the results are undeniable. The rapid growth and level of innovation and development the brand has demonstrated over recent years is nothing short of remarkable and we think it’s great to see Hublot and their staff recognized for their efforts.
No one knows what the future will hold, but for the time being it would certainly seem that Biver has the (watch) world by a string and he intends to capitalize.