Today in Paris, luxury watchmaker Hublot announced a new project with Depeche Mode. Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe joined Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore at the brand’s Place Vendôme boutique in the French capital, where they launched a new fundraising project for charity: water, a not-for-profit association whose mission is to ensure a clean and safe water supply in developing countries.
The joint initiative saw the unveiling of some very unique creations, sales of which will raise funds for charity: water. The first is the new Depeche Mode Limited Edition 2014. This 44mm Big Bang watch features a steel case and bezel. The bezel also features “Clous Pyramide” decoration. The openworked dial showcases the micro-blasted grey skeleton-worked movement.
The sapphire crystal caseback features “Depeche Mode” and “charity: water” symbols in transfer. It is completed by a grey calfskin strap with Clous de Paris pattern on rubber, grey stitching and a steel deployant buckle. This limited edition of 250 numbered pieces will be available in Hublot boutiques and throughout the international network shortly.
The second creation is 10 box sets, containing a signed guitar and a special watch with a red chrono central hand, each engraved for one of the 10 cities with iconic meaning to Depeche Mode: Paris, New York, Basildon, Los Angeles, Milan, Warsaw, Moscow, Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg.
The lucky buyer of the first box set – Paris – got to show it off in person at the Vendôme Hublot Boutique today!
And last but certainly not least, the third creation is a “Depeche Mode Tourbillon” unique piece. This skeleton grand complication in a black titanium tonneau case with a nailed strap (a first at Hublot) will be auctioned off on March 6 at a private dinner in Moscow.
Gore commented on the partnership, “I have been supporting and campaigning for charity: water for some time now. So I am particularly pleased that as a band and with the support of our loyal friend Hublot, we can extend our action for the organisation, and contribute to making a real difference in countries struggling to survive for lack of access to drinking water.”
Meanwhile, Guadalupe added, “This unique collaboration is part of our ongoing special relationship with Depeche Mode. We first met in 2010 and hit it off straight away. If our friendship can make a difference, then we must not hesitate since connection is all about sharing. If you don’t share, you miss out. Hublot is in a fortunate position, and has a duty to share some of its success with those who need it.”
Photos courtesy Hublot.