Whether you call it football or soccer, have a favourite club or root for your home country, the annual UEFA Champions League™ (for clubs) and quadrennial UEFA EURO™ (for countries) guarantee to glue fans to their benches and screens all over the planet. Their last finals assembled respectively 180 and 300 million TV viewers worldwide!
This year, the final of the Champions League, between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, is set for May 28 in Milano, while France gets ready to welcome 24 countries to compete in the “EURO 2016” from June 10 to July 10.
Hublot committed to football back in 2006, the first luxury watch brand to do so. Official Timekeeper for the EURO, the World Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League, it is now also the Official Watch of both the UEFA Champions League™ and the UEFA EURO 2016™. These two mechanical chronographs for timing football matches are made available to sports enthusiasts and watch aficionados alike, in two limited editions of 100 numbered pieces each.
Dressed in midnight blue – the colour of the League – the Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA Champions League wears a multi-layer blue dial, bezel lugs in blue composite resin, titanium push pieces with blue and black rubber, and a strap in dark blue rubber and alligator with white stitching.
Showing off the red, white and blue colours of the EURO 2016 host country France, the Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO features titanium push pieces with white and black rubber, and a multi-layer blue and white dial complemented by a “One click’ interchangeable black rubber and blue alligator strap with red and white stitching.
Each edition boasts the manufacture Unico HUB1261 movement visible through the sapphire case back finished with either the UEFA Champions League™ or the UEFA Euro 2016™ emblem, housed within the “Big Bang Unico” 45 mm satin-polished black ceramic case and bezel with titanium H-shaped screws on the bezel.
A bi-retrograde module with patented automatic winding fitted to the calibre enables the timing of a football match, with two halves of 45 minutes, and extra time, allowing a total of 60 minutes.
On the dial, the seconds and minutes hands move on the central chronograph display in a circular arc between 10 and 2 o’clock; the mechanism, activated by a push button at 2 o’clock, moves the second hand to the 60-second mark before it jumps back to 0 and starts again, while the minute hand measures elapsed time. The aperture in the centre indicates the ongoing period (1 = first half; ½ = break; 2 = second half; END = end of the game), with local time displayed on a counter at 6 o’clock.
Power reserve of 72 hours. Water resistant to 10 ATM (100 m). Treated black titanium folding buckles on the straps.
Priced at 25,900 €uros and arriving in shops now.
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