Paris, 18 June 2009 – This is the very first time that an “80 Goals” match has been held in Europe. Eleven of the world’s best polo players are competing at Polo de Paris, in a unique event known as “The Perfect Match”.
In 2008, to announce its partnership with Gstaad Polo Club and to present its new Argentinian ambassador Miguel Novillo Astrada, Hublot had selected Argentina. A few weeks after these fruitful and cordial meetings, the famous “Perfect Match” was organised in Buenos Aires, bringing together the world’s best players. Hublot immediately made a commitment with them (and with Miguel) in the venture: which was to recreate a legendary match that had been held just once in the history of polo, in 1975, in which 8 players with a handicap of 10 (the highest qualification in this discipline) took part. The match, dubbed “80 Goals”, was held at the Centauros Club in Buenos Aires, with Hublot once again reaching the peak of the art of this sport.
In 2009, the “Perfect Match” is to be held for the first time outside Argentina, at Polo de Paris. Indeed, the Argentinian Polo Players’ Association wanted to export this extraordinary event. “Bagatelle” now offers a spectacle that is now to bear the name “Hublot, the Perfect Polo Match”. The Swiss watchmaker is delighted to associate its name with this prestigious match, which promises to live long in the memory… To mark this big premiere on European soil, Hublot has created a Big Bang with the effigy of the Paris Club, bearing the Polo de Paris logo on its dial, and with a “Hublot, the Perfect Polo Match” transfer on the back. The series comprises 50 numbered pieces.
Miguel Novillo Astrada
The Hublot watches ambassador is a polo personality well-known for his extraordinary playing career, and who at 29 years old earned the privilege of becoming one of the few players in the world to have a handicap of 10. Coming from a family which had carried on the polo tradition for generations, along with his four brothers he is a member of one of the most successful teams in the history of polo, “Aguada Polo Club”, which embodies consistency in sporting excellence.
Players participating in “Hublot, The Perfect Polo Match”
Adolfo Cambiaso (Jr.), Gonzalo Pieres (Jr.), Marcos Heguy, Agustín Merlos, Mariano Aguerre, Pablo Mac Donough, Bartolomé Castagnola, Facundo Pieres, Miguel Novillo Astrada, Lucas Monteverde (Jr.) and Juan Martín Nero.
Case “Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm, in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel Micro-blasted tantalum with 6 H-shaped titanium screws; embedded, polished & locked
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin
Case-back Titanium with sapphire crystal, “HUBLOT THE PERFECT POLO MATCH PARIS 2009” logo transfer
Crown Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces Black PVD titanium, rectangular, with black rubber insert
Water resistance 100 m or 10 ATM
Dial Matt black with ruthenium coloured satin-finished numerals and applique indexes, grey “POLO DE PARIS” logo, at 9 o’clock
Hands Sand-blasted, ruthenium, black Super Luminova, chronograph hand with H counterweight
Movement Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding Hublot calibre HUB44 developed with La Joux-Perret
No. of components 252
Bridges Satin-finished, bevelled & polished
Screws Black PVD
Date Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating weight Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Main plate Sand-blasted & rhodium-plated
Barrel With reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve 42 hours
Strap Black Alligator Gummy outer surface, rubber inner
Clasp Black PVD steel deployant
Series Limited, 50 numbered pieces from 01/50 to 50/50