Swiss luxury watch maker Hublot celebrates its association with top skier Maria Riesch by presenting a white Aero Bang Garmisch limited edition collection. The Swiss watch major is the “Official Timekeeper” of Alpine World Ski Championships and was already associated with world champions Bode Miller and Dario Cologna. Maria Riesch, top star of the international women’s circuit, current No. 1 in the World Cup classification and the nation’s darling – she was born in Garmisch – joins Bode Miller and Dario Cologna as an ambassador for Hublot.
Hublot is further strengthening its presence and brand image in the world of skiing. Maria Riesch (born 24th November 1984 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria) has become number one Alpine skier. Double Olympic champion in the Super Combined and Slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, she took the Gold Medal in the Slalom at the Val d’Isère 2009 World Championships and is currently No. 1 in the FIS* classification.
There was an immediate spark between the hugely talented skier, with her winner’s mentality, and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot. Now, at the top of her game and on excellent form, she has even greater ambitions for these World Championships, taking place in her home territory from the 7th to the 20th of February 2011. She currently leads the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup General Classification.
Hailing from a long line of female all-round skiers, Maria Riesch began skiing in her native Bavaria at just three years of age. Entering the World Cup very early on, the many-time Junior World Champion distinguished herself from the very beginning, finishing in the top 10 several times, particularly in the slalom. Her meteoric rise was hampered by serious injuries which frequently kept her off the slopes. Spared injury since the 2006-2007 season, she has reached the highest level of the sport, with exceptional performances in both speed events (downhill and Super G) and technical contests (giant slalom and special slalom). She is now a star of the world circuit and the leading figure in German Alpine skiing.
Hublot has always been closely linked to the mountains and skiing. Of course, this is partly due to its origins, and the Swiss culture that underpins its values, but also to its deep attachment to the world of sport in general. In the luxury watchmaking world, Hublot is an ultra-inventive brand that has formed extraordinary associations with sports such as football, Formula 1, sailing and polo, and always at the very highest level.
In 2010, Hublot was the first luxury brand to forge links with competitive skiing. Champion skiers Bode Miller and Dario Cologna became its distinguished ambassadors and the watch brand was appointed “Official Timekeeper” for the FIS Ski World Championships, not only in the Alpine discipline (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 7th – 20th February 2011) but also in Nordic skiing (Oslo, 24th February – 6th March 2011). Having signed a long-term partnership as official Time Keeper and Official Watch with the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Hublot now has a presence at all races, both at the start in the shape of a Hublot clock and on the large screens at the finish, as well as on the aerials of all the TV channels broadcasting the races. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Hublot will also be the “Official Watch” of the Swiss-Ski House 2011, the rallying point for the champions and all the supporters throughout the competition. A 4-metre high Hublot totem clock will be installed on-site to welcome visitors.
The watch brand has also been involved in organising the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the first ever Alpine ski race at Crans Montana, with the installation of a commemorative plinth and the organisation of a full weekend of events on the 2nd and 3rd of April featuring appearances from numerous skiing champions and legends, including Dario Cologna. It is also a partner of the Courchevel Ski School which aims to encourage the transmission of expertise and help secure the future of skiing, thus reaffirming its strong attachment to the values of sharing and respect.
As a tribute to the legendary pistes of Garmisch, to Kandahar, the highest ski slope in Germany with its famous 3,700-metre long piste, and to all the great champions who have competed there, Hublot has created the first white Aero Bang in its history. With its snow-white dial whose skeleton structure reveals the intricate mechanics of the HUB4214 chronograph calibre, a vertical satin-finished steel case and bezel for an ice-cool effect and black rubber underlining the sporting spirit of conquest embodied by all champions, the Aero Bang Garmisch is set to become the loyal companion to all fans of competitive skiing. Only 250 numbered pieces will be available, in particular during the World Championships in Garmisch.
Model: Hublot Big Bang 44 mm White Aero Bang Garmisch Limited Edition
Series: Limited to 250 pieces numbered from 01/250 to 250/250
Big Bang 44.5 mm in vertical satin-finished steel
Bezel: Vertical satin-finished steel with 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lugs: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Case-back: Open satin-finished steel
Crown: Steel with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Satin-finished steel, rectangular with black rubber inserts
Screws : Titanium
Water resistance : Approximately 100 metres or 10 ATM
Openworked matt white skeleton. Indices Satin-finished rhodium-plated white SuperLuminova™
Hands: Satin-finished rhodium-plated with white SuperLuminova™
Chronograph hand with H counterweight
HUB4214 – Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Bridges: Satin-finished, bevelled & polished
Screws: Black PVD titanium
Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating Weight: Tungsten with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Main plate: Micro-blasted black chrome
Barrel: With reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Adjustable white alligator and black rubber strap with black stitches
Clasp: Big Bang satin-finished steel deployant buckle, titanium screws