Tonight Hublot presented a Big Bang specially dedicated to poker devotees here in Las Vegas. Click on “read more” to discover the two limited watches …
After football, American basketball, and recently cricket in India and Australia, Hublot has today signed with the World Poker Tour here in Las Vegas to become Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the international poker circuit.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, told me: “Hublot has once again proven itself to be first, unique and different, as the first luxury brand to become Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the international professional poker circuit. We chose the World Poker Tour because its global presence, televised tournaments and quality of its players make it a benchmark in the game. I strongly believe that this field has great commercial and marketing potential. The tremendous success of our boutiques in Las Vegas and Macau are evidence of the possibilities. I am delighted with this great collaboration that awaits us.”
Adam Pliska, President of the World Poker Tour added: “Hublot is a Swiss luxury brand renowned across the globe for its sports watches with an instantly recognisable design. This partnership will bring even more value to each and every televised event of the World Poker Tour. In April, Champion of season XII of the World Poker Tour, Keven Stammen beat Byron Kaverman in Borgata, and received the magnificent prize of a Hublot King Power Unico. We are delighted to be able to give almost 1 million dollars’ worth of luxury watches to the champions of our televised events and the Hublot WPT Player of the Year in the upcoming seasons.”
To mark the announcement of Hublot’s entry into the world of poker, the brand has developed a limited-edition Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour with a design that suitably encapsulates the poker world. The watch chosen to entice the players was the iconic Big Bang, equipped with the in-house UNICO Manufacture Chronograph. The calibre is unique in the industry for its column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side.
The new detail – which gives this watch its resolutely “poker” character – is a bezel made of 18-carat King Gold or steel that features an interplay of two different treatments, polishing and micro-blasting, which in particular showcase a heart, spade, club and diamond, the distinctive and universal symbols of card players.
The UNICO Chrono calibre is revealed thanks to a skeleton dial featuring the voluminous indexes and Arabic numerals, hollowed out and filled with red SuperLuminova. Two counters encircled by polished silver-plated rings, the first displaying the minutes at 3 o’clock and the second showing the small seconds at 9 o’clock, along with the date window located at 3 o’clock, complete the overall effect. The sapphire crystal of the case-back also bears the symbol of the World Poker Tour in transfer form.
This 45.5 mm diameter Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour is available in two versions:
- a limited edition of only 100 numbered pieces in 18-carat King Gold (Hublot 18-carat gold with an extra 5% platinum which gives it an even more intense red colour, thereby making it even more precious), and
- a more impact resistant steel edition, of 200 numbered pieces.
Each watch is equipped with the Hublot Easy One Click system which allows the wearer to switch easily between the three straps that come with the watch. All are made of alligator stitched onto rubber, and come in black, red and above all gold or silver treated, which confers upon the watch a very… “poker”-look.
The prices …
Steel: 25.200 USD
King Gold: 45.900 USD
>>> See first live taken pictures of the two watches on page 2 >>>