Friday, November 3, 2017

Hublot - Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt Victory Set & Big Bang Unico Shiny Gold Sapphire Usain Bolt

During SIAR haute-horlogerie exhibition in Mexico, Hublot presented two exceptional watches in the presence of Usain Bolt as a tribute to the great champion.

On 12 August 2017, the greatest sprinter of all time retired from athletics competitions after taking part in the World Athletics Championships in London. He began his career in his native Jamaica when he was twelve and chose athletics over cricket, which he had played until then. During his career, he has become a legend: 11 World Championship titles and 8 Olympic medals, not to mention world records for the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres. Now, with two new special edition timepieces, Hublot is paying tribute to Usain Bolt.
Only eight of the first of these models, named the “Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Chronograph Unico Limited Edition Usain Bolt Victory Set” will be produced. Eight has been chosen as it represents the number of Olympic medals won by Lightning Bolt. Its 45-mm diameter case is made from polished transparent sapphire, which allows you to appreciate the complexity of its construction.
It opens on Hublot’s Unico calibre HUB1242 movement, an automatic chronograph with a power reserve of 72 hours. The number of the limited edition is engraved on the sapphire glass back using a highly delicate procedure. The seconds hand on the black dial with golden markings is shaped like lightning, in reference to Usain Bolt’s nickname. The crown and push buttons are in 18 carat gold—the colour of victory.
The same hue is carried over to the calf leather strap embossed in homage to the Jamaican flag. The inside of the strap is made from rubber for the wearer’s comfort. It is held by a titanium and yellow gold clasp. Each of these eight watches shall be delivered in a box including a pair of Puma Gold sprinting spikes, the same shoes worn by Usain Bolt during his final Olympic Games in 2016, and personally signed by the great champion.

The very exclusive second model will only be made in one edition. Its sapphire case is covered with gold plate, a great first. Etched with “Unique Piece” (Single Edition) on its back. It also holds a Unico manufacture movement. The sapphire glass makes it possible to see the mark “USB17” that has been created especially for the occasion.
The sale of this watch shall give rise to a donation to the Usain Bolt Foundation, a charity launched by the champion to raise funds for schooling and cultural education for disadvantaged children.
This “Single Edition” shall be presented to its happy purchaser with an identical kit to that which was worn by Usain Bolt during the Rio Olympics: the famous Puma Gold spikes and his running shirt, both with his autograph.
Technical details
Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt Victory Set
Reference: 411.JX.1183.VR.USB17 – Limited to 8 pieces
Case
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 15.45 mm
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)
Material: Polished sapphire
Bezel: Polished sapphire
Screws « H »: Polished 18k yellow gold
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Satin-finished 18k yellow gold with HUBLOT logo
Pushers: Satin-finished 18k yellow gold
Case back: Polished sapphire engraved "LIMITED EDITION" + “N°1 OF 8”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + "USB17" logo

Dial
Mat black dial and yellow gold-plated with "USB logo" at 9 o’clock counter
Polished yellow gold-plated appliques with black luminescent
Hands: Satin-finished yellow gold-plated hands with black luminescent
Usain Bolt special second hand

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB1242
Type: UNICO Manufacture Self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
Date: Window at 3.00
No of Components: 330
Jewels: 38
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and yellow gold calf strap with flag of Jamaica
2nd Strap: White transparent structured lined rubber
Buckle: Titanium and yellow gold deployant buckle clasp

Big Bang Unico Shiny Gold Sapphire Usain Bolt
Reference: 411.JV.1189.VR.USB17 – Unique piece
Case
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 15.45 mm
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)
Case: Polished yellow gold-plated sapphire
Bezel: Polished yellow gold-plated sapphire
Screws « H »: Black PVD polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + “Hublot” logo printed
Crown: Polished 18k yellow gold with black rubber insert
Pushers: Polished 18k yellow gold and polished black titanium
Case back: Polished gold-plated sapphire engraved "UNIQUE PIECE"
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + "USB17" logo

Dial
Mat black dial and yellow gold-plated with "USB logo" at 9 o’clock counter
Polished yellow gold plated appliques with black luminescent
Hands: Satin-finished yellow gold plated hands with black luminescent
Usain Bolt special second hand

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB1242
Type: UNICO Manufacture Self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
Date: Window at 3.00
No of Components: 330
Jewels: 38
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and yellow gold calf strap with flag of Jamaica
2nd Strap: Black transparent structured lined rubber
Buckle: Black plated titanium deployant buckle clasp

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