Almost every serious watch brand today uses sapphire for its watches, a mineral that occurs in nature in countless colours and has a hardness of 9 Mohs. However, sapphire is only used for the watch glasses and the glasses in the case backs. Only very few watch brands use sapphire crystal for other parts of the watch, such as the cases.
For good reason, the treatment and processing of the hard sapphire is highly demanding and elaborate. The more complex the case shape, the more complex the processing. It is commonly said that for a finished watch in a sapphire crystal case, for example, the individual parts for 6 watches are worn out or destroyed.
Hublot is certainly one of the absolute specialists in the use of sapphire and so it is hardly surprising that, following the philosophy of offering many different material and colour variants in small series from one basic design, Nyon has now also produced a whole range of highly different watches in sapphire crystal cases.
This article is intended to shed some light on the dark and present all sapphire crystal editions published to date in chronological order, always with the addition "Sapphire" at Hublot.
One recommendation first: you should always look at a watch in a sapphire crystal case live before you make a judgement about its appearance. As is so often the case, pictures alone can hardly give an impression that allows an evaluation. In addition, it is really fun to experience such watches live.
More about all the Sapphire editions presented by Hublot so far can be found here: