Carbon honored by Hublot Vendôme

Hublot, as every good student who's learned his lesson knows, is "the art of fusion".

In 1980, date of birth of the company, we were the first to associate rubber to gold, signing from then on all of our creations with boldness.
Boutique Hublot Vendôme today offers you a discovery of carbon, one of the brand's favorite materials, very present in numerous models, whether it be for the case or the face of our watches.

Carbon is the second most abundant elemant by mass after oxygen. This abundance, together with the unique diversity of organic compounds and their unusual polymer-forming ability at the temperatures commonly encountered on earth, make this element the chemical basis of all known life, human body and diamonds included.
At Hublot watchmaking, we use carbon to get carbon fibers thanks to carbon atoms. It is transformed into braided fibers and surrounded by resin in order to create watch cases or components.
This thermally decomposing man-made process gives birth to extremely strong and light material.
The weight of carbon fiber is less than 2.6cmᴲ. It is widely used in aviation, military, space, aeronautic, medicine industries and other high technologies.

In 2011, Hublot wishing to become a vertically integrated company, bought Profusion, the company providing the carbon and components made in carbon fiber.
Profusion being an expert in the manufacture of ultra-technical elements in carbon fiber, it enabled Hublot to control the entire manufacturing process of its watches.

"Unlike Audemars Piguet's forged carbon, our technique consists in manually superimposing layers of carbon covered with epoxy resin, around fifteen of them, which we then press with heat. The main difficulty lies in the shape to obtain the desired aesthetical result, whereas rigidity and solidness are not a problem. It took us six months to find the right partners in the braiding of carbon, which, world wide, can be counted on one hand, and six extra months to finalize techniques of manufacturing, because carbon does not allow any alteration and implies a very strong wear of cutting tools." Lionel Gavignet, founder of Profusion.

Unico Carbon illustrates perfectly the mastery of this material, offering impeccable braiding, almost hypnotic, for a very sharp and avant-garde design.