As the 2014 World Cup draws near, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, presented Roy Hodgson, the Manager of the England National football team, with a watch that has been created and named in his honour.
The Hublot King Power 66 Hodgson is a Limited Edition of 66 pieces to commemorate the year that England won the World Cup. The idea neatly aligns with the fact that Hodgson himself is also 66.
The idea was conceived by Roy’s son Christopher who collaborated with Hublot on the design of the piece. The presentation was followed by a tour and a dinner at the House of Commons that was attended by Hublot VIP customers.
“Dad and I are massive fans of the Hublot brand, and their extraordinary vision, fusion of materials, and marketing expertise is truly amazing, and one of the great success stories. It is a proud day for me personally to make this project a reality with my Father as the ambassador for this unique ‘66 piece’, and a legacy from me to him of sorts. My deep gratitude to Mr JC Biver, and my friends Ricardo Guadalupe & Rick de La Croix for their support, and believing in the Hublot King Power 66 Hodgson!” Christopher Hodgson
Paying tribute to the England Manager, Hublot has developed a King Power equipped with a chronograph movement featuring two chronograph hands positioned in the centre in addition to the hour and minute hands.
This makes it easier to read and therefore quicker and more efficient. The wearer can keep track of both hands at a glance; the first indicates the seconds, and the other hand indicates the time elapsed out of the 45 minutes in each half. With a sapphire dial, the movement, an Aero Bang version, features an exquisite new skeleton movement to reveal even more of the working parts of the watch and its fine mechanics.
The topside retains only the material necessary for it to function. This is coated with black ruthenium for clearer reading. A minute track, a time counter at 9 o'clock and a date window at 4 o'clock all feature on the predominantly white and red piece, which is stamped with the St. George English flag.
The King Power case, is 48 mm diameter created from highly shock-resistant black carbon fibre. The moulded black rubber crown is made of King Gold flanked by two push-buttons in red and white rubber.
In a final reference to Roy Hodgson, and adding an attractive touch to the piece, the caseback is engraved with the English victory emblem and features the Manager’s signature. Each watch comes with three interchangeable straps, alligator and rubber, red, white and black with deployant buckle.
Hublot is continuing to strengthen its presence in the world of professional football. The first luxury brand to become involved in football in 2006, Hublot has since worked in close collaboration with FIFA as Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FIFA World Cup™ the countdown has already started in Brazil, visible to all on the giant Hublot clocks designed by the celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer and installed on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, in Brasilia and in Sao Paulo.
With the England football squad for Brazil still to be named, England hopefuls will be anxiously waiting to see if Hodgson will have time for them.
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