Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, and Yann Borgstedt, founder of Smiling Children, has announced their partnership: the watch manufacturer has committed to support the projects of the Foundation, whose objective is to help young girls and women in Morocco and Afghanistan. In the presence of Cherie Blair, patron of the Foundation, renowned lawyer and specialist in the defence of human rights, they explained what has brought them together and how Hublot contributes to the work of Smiling Children. On this occasion, Mr Biver unveiled a new Big Bang, a special 38 mm diameter design, part of the sale revenues of which will be donated to the Foundation.
The watchmaking brand has always manifested great interest in the defence of children, and regularly takes part in initiatives dedicated to their protection through its own MDM (“Hand in Hand”) Foundation. Sharing and sense of humanity are important values for Hublot. By associating with the Smiling Children Foundation, the Swiss watchmaker wants to contribute to restoring justice for girls in countries where attending school is difficult.
The Smiling Children Foundation is a non-profit-making foundation, based in Switzerland, which was created in 2005. Through its “young maids” sponsoring programme, it works to reunite with their families young Moroccan girls who were uprooted from their homes to become servants, and reintegrate them into the school system. In parallel, the foundation campaigns to make the local population aware of this problem. In Morocco, there are 30,000 young girls between 6 and 12 years of age, from poor families in rural areas, who are “recruited” to become physical or moral slaves — and sometimes even prostitutes — in the cities.
In Afghanistan, the majority of schoolchildren are boys because education for girls was forbidden for seven years by the Talibans. The Foundation has begun the rehabilitation and development of a school for 7000 Afghan girls aged from 6 to 18 years, with support from the government, Cherie Blair and the British Council.
On the occasion of this partnership, Hublot has created the first 38 mm diameter Big Bang, to suit the slender wrist. Its design includes the Big Bang features characteristic of this model, while its diamond-set bezel and the sober dial embody femininity. The seconds hand with its purple colour, which stands out among the harmony of whites, is reminiscent of the Foundation colour, whose logo is engraved on the back of the watch.
Model: BIG BANG “SMILING CHILDREN” 38 mm
“Big Bang” diameter 38 mm in 316 L Steel
Bezel Steel with 6 titanium H-shaped screws, sunken, polished and blocked, set with
126 diamonds (0.87 cts)
Crystal Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflection treatment
Bezel Lug White resin composite
Lateral Inserts White resin composite
Back 316 L Steel with “Smiling Children” logo engraved
Crown Steel with natural white rubber insert
Water-resistance 100 m or 10 ATM
Matt white with matt rhodium figures and index markers
Hublot Logo Grey, positioned at 12 o’clock
Hands: Faceted, luminescent white rhodium, seconds hand – purple – same colour as the Smiling Children logo, H-shaped counterpoise
Adjustable striped white rubber
Deployant clasp in 316 L Steel
Limited Edition 999 numbered pieces 01/999 – 999/999