The Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot was the first luxury brand to partner with the International Cricket Council (ICC) as official timekeeper for the World cup in 2015. The brand has now extended this long-term partnership with the ICC on all events to 2020 (including ICC Champion’s Trophy and the Women’s World Cup, with both events taking place this year).
As part of this collaboration with cricket, Hublot have announced a partnership with Cricket Australia to take part into the Ashes Series 2017-18 (23 Nov – 8 Jan). To celebrate this sport and the partnership, Hublot have created the Classic Fusion Chronograph “The Ashes”. Michael Clarke unveiled the new timepiece, along with discussing his formidable cricket career and involvement in The Ashes as a Commentator, over an exclusive event held at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Friends of the brand and media enjoyed an intimate lunch while previewing the timepiece within the iconic Members Pavilion.
Several subtle details give the watch its unique character. The dial features a few distinctive symbols directly associated with cricket: the hands of the two counters in the shape of a bat and, at 12 o’clock, a triple applique referring to the stumps. The case-back bears the Ashes series logo on the sapphire glass.
The ensemble is completed by a grey color dial and strap as a reference to the color of ashes. Finally, the calfskin strap is stitched with triple white saddle stitching in the style of a cricket ball. The Classic Fusion Chronograph “The Ashes” is limited to 32 pieces, referring to the number of series won by each team.
Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION XX/32
Polished and satin finished titanium
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.05 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Bezel: Polished and satin finished titanium
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Polished titanium with engraved HUBLOT logo
Pushers: Polished titanium
Case back: Satin-finished titanium engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” + “XX/32”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + “TAS17” logo printed
Grey sunray satin-finished
Polished rhodium-plated appliques
Hands: Polished rhodium plated hands
Caliber Hublot HUB1143
Type: Self-winding Chronograph movement
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.9 mm
Date: Window at 6.00
No of Components: 280
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours
Black rubber and grey calf with grey and white stitching
Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle clasp