In 2006, Hublot became the first luxury watch brand to commit itself to the beautiful game as Sponsor of the Swiss football team. This year, cementing its relation with the world of football and proudly bearing its status as the “FIFA Official Watch” and “FIFA Official Timekeeper” for the 2018 FIFA World CupTM, Hublot is presenting a connected watch specially dedicated to new generation, tech savvy soccer fans.
This connected watch was created on a specific request from FIFA. Wanting a customised watch for the referees, FIFA asked Hublot to conceive the perfect watch to accompany them on the pitches during the matches. Hublot designed this connected watch, its first, for the footballing universe: the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM.
It is a unique edition that is limited to 2018 pieces. It has all the attributes of the iconic Big Bang. Its emblematic architecture cut out of the lightness of titanium, its bezel decorated with 6 H-shaped screws, its Kevlar insert. Even the display on its analogue mode dial could pass for the same aesthetic as that of the automatic models. In terms of size, its 49-mm case is what makes the first difference, then its motor, which, for the first time, is driven by technology connected to digital intelligence.
On 14 June 2018, Hublot, FIFA and Russia will kick off the first match of the 21st FIFA World CupTM since it began in 1928. In the current digital world, it will be the very first Competition in which the referees are supported by video assistance. From Saint Petersburg to Moscow via Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi and Volgograd, there are 12 stadiums for 32 teams playing 64 matches.
The launch of the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is a perfect illustration of Hublot’s ability to combine tradition, expert knowledge and innovation. The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will provide the perfect platform for this amazing watch to showcase its full potential.
Limited to 2018 pieces, available from 1 May, 2018 in Hublot sales outlets, this is the football watch, and the Official FIFA Watch.
Beating to the rhythm of the football, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM immediately shows its distinctive spirit as the personification of an application specially developed for the competition and a series of “fan” dials in the colours of each participating nation. Featuring several notifications, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM announces matches 15 minutes before their kick-off, as well as yellow and red cards, player changes and goals. The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM vibrates, displaying the word GOAL instantly every time a goal is scored. During the match, the dial shows the match statistics including the score, number of cards, names of goal-scorers, player substitutions and match time.
The digital world provides the Big Bang with even greater flexibility and versatility. A watch which— having emblematically borne the first Hublot manufacture movement, the most unusual and audacious materials, the most assertive colours—has been reinvented for the digital era by offering 32 dials inspired by the flags of the participating countries, and two neutral dials. It is available in analogue or digital versions. Thanks to its patented interchangeable “One Click” strap, the watch can easily be matched to one of its two straps. Two are provided with the watch, a cuff strap in sponge sporting the 2018 FIFA World CupTM emblem and that of Hublot, a black lined natural rubber strap.
So as to perfect each fan’s kit, Hublot has also anticipated an additional strap for them in the colours of their country. In a turn of the dial, with the swipe of a finger, select your team or closely follow a competitor. The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM has already been tested discreetly on the wrist of the referees many times during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017TM and the FIFA Club World Cup 2017TM.
Benefiting from the Wear OS ecosystem, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM has thousands of downloadable applications in addition to its competition functions. In terms of synchronisation, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM is compatible with all telephones using Android 4.4 and above or iOS 9 and above. For charging, the watch just needs to be placed on a contact charger.
For the first time, the referees will be wearing the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM with its smart technology imagined by Hublot. As well as all the functions available on the 2018 numbered models of the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, the referees’ watches will be connected to goal-line technology, an electronic video assistance system for refereeing which follows all the trajectories of the ball and determines for certain if the ball did or did not entirely cross the goal line. On the pitch, the watchmaker will be ever present in the game as always, by sequencing time, changes and extra time to the rhythm of its Big Bang-shaped referee boards.
Model: BIG BANG REFEREE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™
Reference: 400.NX.1100.RX – Limited to 2018 pieces
Diameter: 49 mm
Thickness: 13.90 mm
Bezel: Titanium, satin-finish
Bezel lug: Black composite
H-shaped screws: Titanium
Crown: Titanium PVD noir, satin-finish
Container: Titanium PVD noir
Water resistance: 5 ATM (around 50 metres)
Size: 35.4 mm diameter
Resolution: 400 x 400 pixels, 287 ppi
Display technology: AMOLED
Model: Atom Z34XX
Version: Dual Core, 1.6 GHz
RAM: 512 Mb
Wear OS by Google technology developed by LVMH running an Intel® Atom™ processor Series Z34XX and Wear OS by Google
Android 4.4 and above / iOS 9 and above
Smartphones with AndroidTM version 4.4 or more recent, iPhone 5 or more recent, with minimum iOS version 9 or more recent. Supported features may vary depending on the platform.
Bluetooth BLE 4.1 – WLAN 2.4 GHz 802.11 B/G/N – NFC
Battery life: Around 1 day
Capacity: 410 mAh
Charging time: Around 1 hour 50 to charge an empty battery
Strap 1: Lined black rubber
Strap 2: Sponge sport strap, with HUBLOT logo + 2018 FIFA World CupTM emblem
Clasp: Black composite