Swiss haute horologer, Hublot teamed up with baseball legend, Jose Bautista to create a striking timepiece named after the six-time MLB All-Star player.
Classic Fusion Chronograph Special Edition “Jose Bautista” debuted in late January during an intimate dinner in Toronto, which marked the Manufacture’s second official brand event in Canada. Bautista and Jean-Francois Sberro, managing director for Hublot North America, were in attendance at the luxurious Adelaide Hotel, mingling with special guests, clients and friends of Hublot.
“I am proud to join Hublot’s family of greats, especially since I have always been such an admirer of their timepieces,” said Bautista in a press statement. “I had the unique privilege to design a watch alongside one of my favorite watchemakers after visiting the Swiss watch Manufacture HQ, a timepiece I hope people will cherish for generations to come.”
The all-black watch is, indeed, a piece to behold. The dial boasts Bautista’s baseball number “19” with the Toronto Blue Jays, which is studded with 21 diamonds. The references to his illustrious career do not cease here, however. The right-hand chronograph function bears the likeness of a baseball, while Bautista’s autograph rests on the sapphire case back.
“[Bautista] is yet another athletic powerhouse to add to Hublot’s long-standing history with the world of professional sports,” said Sberro. “Another “Legend” in the Hublot family. Canada is an important market for us and we are hoping to excite Bautista’s local fans.”