Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hublot Creates Its Largest Pop Up Store in Singapore

On 15 August 2015, the largest Hublot pop-up store in the world was officially opened at the Civic Plaza at Ngee Ann City in Singapore. Towering at 7 metres tall and occupying a massive area of 1,050 square metres, this architectural feat was a hub of excitement.

International action star, Donnie Yen who played the lead role in award winning blockbuster movie - IP Man, officiated the opening alongside foreign and local celebrities, who were in town to celebrate Hublot’s Big Bang 10th Anniversary. Mr Donnie Yen cuts a fitting figure as a distinctive guest star for the evening as he is the archetype of what Hublot stands for in the Art of Fusion – bridging traditional craft such as Wing Chun, a form of time-honoured martial arts with the modern execution of film making. Present to witness the momentous celebration were some 250 exclusive guests and media from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China.
About The Hublot Pop-Up Store
From: 16 – 26 August 2015
At: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Daily: 10am to 9pm

Heralding a Platform of Many Firsts in Singapore:-
1. Hosting the Largest Hublot Pop-up Globally and celebrating a Decade of Big Bang
This mammoth installation plays host to Hublot’s widest exhibition to date on the global stage as it also commemorates a decade of the spirit of Hublot. The spirit of Hublot, the Art of Fusion is ubiquitous in the pop-up through the unique showcase of exclusive limited editions. And this also includes the other objet d’artsand lifestyle gears at a specially curated accessory bar. Visitors can expect innovative and playful interactive displays that will take them through a virtual journey around Hublot’s watchmaking universe, examining the brand’s DNA and revealing the stories behind Hublot unique design, innovation and craftsmanship.

2. World Premiere of Singapore Exclusives:-
Hublot “Red Dot” Bang
The pop-up store is the launch-pad for a set of limited edition timepieces that is exclusive to Singapore as well as other novelties that have not been seen here.

Hublot specially created the “Red Dot” Bang to commemorate their 10th year Anniversary and Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. “Little Red Dot” is a universal name for Singapore yet this nation recently concluded its 50thyear festivities with much pride and splendour.
The “Red Dot” Bang is a 44mm Big Bang introduced in two cases –Hublonium and yellow gold. Hublonium is a unique metal alloy developed exclusively by Hublot combining magnesium and aluminium, making it remarkably light while staying durable showcasing Hublot’s pioneering spirit in the field of material engineering. Naturally, the “Red Dot” Bang Hublonium is produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces, tying it back to 50 illustrious years of Singapore. In the same vein, a limited 10 pieces of “Red Dot” Bang is produced in a yellow gold case, as a tribute to it being the original noble material of all case materials in watchmaking history.

HUBLOT ‘RED DOT’ BANG
Reference
311. UI.1123.GR.SLE15 (Limited Edition 50pieces in Hublonium)
311. VX.1123.GR.SLE15 (Limited Edition 10 pieces in Yellow Gold)

Case
Big Bang – Diameter 44 mm
Bezel: Hublonium or Yellow Gold ; 6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lugs: Black composite
Lateral inserts: Black composite
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD titanium, rectangular, with black rubber inserts
Case-back: Hublonium or Yellow Gold with vertical satin finish; Engraving of The Hour Glass logo at 3 o’clock; “50 PIECES” for Hublonium edition or “10 PIECES” Yellow Gold at 5 o’clock “SPECIAL EDITION” at 9 o’clock
Case-back crystal: “BIG BANG 10 YEARS” emblem in red
Water resistance: 10 Atm, i.e. approx 100 metres

Dial
Base plate, blackened criss-cross mesh inspired by Ferrari grilles with “10” in red Arabic numerals
Hands: Polished black nickel, with white SuperLuminova™
Chronograph hand with H counterweight

Movement
HUB4214 - Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Components 252, Jewels 27
Screws: Black PVD titanium
Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
Main plate: Micro-blasted black chromium
Power reserve : Approximately 42 hours

Strap
Adjustable Stonewashed finish alligator with red stitching on rubber strap
Micro-blasted black PVD steel Big Bang deployant buckle, micro-blasted black PVD titanium screws and plate


Hublot Manufacture MP-05 La Ferrari Golden Jubilee – One & Only
The Hublot Manufacture MP-05 La Ferrari is considered the super machines of all time machines thus making it a suitable model to developone especially for Singapore. The world’s first timepiece with a 50-day power reserve, this piece unique features a gleaming yellow gold case set with 440 baguette-cut diamonds worth at least 13 carats.
MP-05 La FerrariGolden Jubilee - One & Only
Reference 905.OX.9000.RX.9904.SLE15
Unique Piece

Case
Yellow Gold set with 440 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 12.98 carats)

Tourbillon Bridge
Set with 26 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.87 carats)

Clasp
54-baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.63 carats)

Functions
Hour and minute indicated by anodised black aluminium cylinders SuperLuminova™ markings
Power reserve indicated by an anodised black aluminium cylinder SuperLuminova™ markings
Seconds indicated by an anodised black aluminium cylinder SuperLuminova™ markings
Suspended vertical Tourbillon
Ergonomic time-setting system under the case middle (wrist side)
Invisible manual winding
11 series-coupled barrels
Gold accents

Movement technical details
Movement dimensions: 45.8 x 39.5 mm
Thickness: 15.30 mm
Tourbillon cage diameter: 14.50 mm
Number of jewels: 108
Number of components: 637
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 50 days


3. Presenting Lucha Libre – Mexican Wrestling in the Heart of Singapore’s Prime Shopping District 
A first in Singapore, the heart of Orchard Road is transformed into a veritable wrestling arena with Lucha Libre – a form of professional wrestlingthat has its roots in Mexico. It is characterised by colourful masks, rapid sequences and “high flying” manoeuvres. An ocular treat, a magnificent wrestling ring sits in the middle of the pop-up and is undisputedly the highlight. The philosophy of Hublot’s Art of Fusion is evinced in this old Mexican form of wrestling that is steeped in Mexican history and culture. Members of the public can have a rare chance to have a go at Lucha Libre with clinics that are specially arranged for a limited period.

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