HUBLOT PARTNERS WITH ROX TO CELEBRATE IN NEWCASTLE TWO 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES
8th December 2016, Newcastle: Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot joins forces with leading watch and jewellery retailer ROX to mark a celebration of 10 Years of the All Black Concept with a special event in partnership with The Alan Shearer Foundation.
The 10 years celebration marks the pivotal moment in the world of Haute Horology when Hublot pioneered the first iteration of the All Black Concept with unlikely pairings of materials coined the ‘Art of Fusion’. Boundaries were challenged and Hublot had the foresight to believe that much more was required in the creation of an icon than traditional watch-making history. Hublot continues this pioneering and daring spirit to the present day with the demonstration of science. innovation and engineering to develop and enhance the ever-evolving Big Bang collection.
During the charitable and festive evening, Benoit Lecigne, Brand Director for Hublot United Kingdom, France, Belux & Eastern Europe, revealed a special watch, the King Power Unico Alan Shearer. One of the special pair will be worn by the legendary football player while the other one will be auctioned at The Alan Shearer Foundation annual charity Gala Dinner taking place on 18th February 2017.
The Alan Shearer Foundation was launched in May 2012 to exclusively support the Alan Shearer Activity Centre. In the 4 years since its launch, the Foundation and its supporters have raised almost £2m, which has financed major upgrades to the Centre’s sensory rooms and equipment, added a specialist outdoor play area and funded the £500,000 expansion of the hydrotherapy pool with state of the art equipment. Funding from the Foundation ensure disabled people and their families are able to benefit from the facilities at the Alan Shearer Centre totally free of charge, making it the only Centre of its kind in the region available at no cost.
Alan Shearer stole the show and captivated the audience’s competitive nature with an inspiring yet intimate Q&A conducted by fellow football fanatic, the specialist presenter Geoff Shreeves. Guests attending the event at Newcastle’s Monument Hall ROX Boutique were then treated to the unique preview of the special watch Hublot partnered charity timepiece, the new King Power Unico Alan Shearer. Among the audience, some special guests attended the event such as Ayoze Perez, football player at Newcastle United FC, Juan Pablo Socino, rugby player at the Falcons, Phil Mustard, Durham and Gloucester cricketer, Peter Ramage, English football player and Freddie Shepherd, English businessman and former Chairman of Newcastle United FC.
The long-standing relationship between Hublot and champion footballer Alan Shearer spans a decade. This poignant anniversary also has its own significant and personal meaning to Alan Shearer given that it is 10 years since his retirement, yet he maintains the record for the highest ever goal scorer in the Premier League, achieving a total of 260 goals throughout his career. The case-back of the King Power Unico Alan Shearer watch features an engraving of the footballer’s final goal kick. The same triumphant silhouette is present in the form of a permanent sculpture at the Newcastle Football Club’s home ground.
The special edition ‘King Power Unico Alan Shearer’ 48mm demonstrates the brand’s eponymous ‘fusion’ of materials with the microblasted black ceramic, titanium, black rubber and carbon dial, combined with a white rubber and black calfskin strap featuring contrasting monochrome stitching.
Alan Shearer said « I have been associated with Hublot for nearly 10 years now, during which time we have had an incredible relationship and they have been very supportive of my Foundation. This year they have donated a special piece to auction at the annual Ball with all proceeds going to the Alan Shearer Foundation. Their support and generosity over the years has been incredible ».
Benoit Lecigne, Brand Director for Hublot United Kingdom, France, Belux & Eastern Europe, added, “I encourage all Alan Shearer and Hublot fans to visit ROX website (http://www.rox.co.uk/magazine/watch-edit/limited-edition-hublot-king-power-alan-shearer) for their chance to bid on this exclusive Hublot timepiece which benefits the Newcastle community greatly. We are proud to have the opportunity to work alongside Alan Shearer for this truly remarkable cause.”
« Hublot? A different way to progress » say those who know this unique Swiss watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, initiated and developed by Jean-Claude Biver with Ricardo Guadalupe, these two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion and Manufacture Pieces represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. From watch complications and revolutionary materials to world class collaborations such as FIFA World Cup™ and Ferrari, Hublot characterizes itself through the « Art of Fusion » philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. On a commercial level, the network of approved retailers has grown rapidly and currently stands at more than 70 exclusive boutiques around the world including Geneva, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Paris, London, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Miami, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Ginza.
KING POWER UNICO Special Edition « ALAN SHEARER »
Diameter: 48 mm
Thickness: 17.50 mm
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)
Case Microblasted black ceramic
Bezel : Titanium with black rubber and carbon fiber insert
Bezel Lug : Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: White composite resin
Glass : Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + “Alan Shearer logo”
Crown : Microblasted black ceramic with black rubber insert
Pushers : Microblasted black ceramic with black rubber insert
Case back : Microblasted black ceramic engraved « SPECIAL EDITION »,
« N° XX/02 », “ALAN SHEARER”
Case back Glass : Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + “Alan Shearer Signature”
Dial: Sapphire Dial
Satin-finished ruthenium-plated appliques with white luminescent
Hands: Satin-finished ruthenium-plated hands with white luminescent
Movement: Caliber : Hublot HUB1240
Type : UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
Date : Skeleton calendar display at 4.3
N° of Components : 330
Jewels : 38
Frequency (Hz) : 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power Reserve : 72 Hours
Strap : White rubber, black calf with white stitching and white calf with black stitching
Buckle: Black PVD stainless steel deployant buckle clasp