The oldest Automobile club in the world is opening it s doors to the Swiss watchmaking company Hublot for the first partnership in its history .
Hugues de Rouret and Jean-Claude Biver are explaining the reasons which encouraged them to join forces in Paris today . The main fruit of this alliance will be the creat ion of a watch in the AFC colours, a percentage of the royalt ies from which will be donated to the Fondat ion ICM (Inst itute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders).
Since its very beginnings in 1895, this members’ club has brought together pioneers, inventors and entrepreneurs driven by the development potential the automobile can offer, both in terms of technological advances and the notions of freedom and fantasy that it represents. These gentlemen drivers have never formed a partnership with a major brand name, until now. Under the aegis of their management company (S.G.A.C.F.), they have accepted this challenge.
Hublot’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, a trailblazing, impassioned entrepreneur, was captivated by the potential synergies between his watchmaking brand and the Club Automobile. These synergies do not just relate to the values that they share: a respect for tradition, expertise, technological advances, but also, and above all, they provide an opportunity to support the Fondation ICM (Institute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders), one of the founding members of which is none other than Jean Todt, a distinguished name in the automotive world, member of the ACF, and President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile … which is headquartered at the Automobile Club de France!
Jean-Claude Biver, along with Hublot, has always been involved in projects to support and champion disadvantaged children. Today, through this first association with the ACF, he is lending his support to the ICM project. This international research centre was set up to prevent, treat and compensate for the consequences of spinal cord injuries caused by sports and road accidents, and to find treatments for brain pathologies (www.icminstitute.org).
Hublot has created a limited edition men’s and women’s watch, a “drive” chronograph in the ACF colours. A black ceramic case and bezel surround the skeleton dial which reveals a section of the movement. A contribution from each watch sold will be donated to the fundamental and clinical research carried out by the ICM.
AERO BANG DRIVE ACF – Technical Specifications
“Big Bang”, diameter 44.5 mm in microblasted black ceramic
Microblasted black ceramic
Sapphire with internal antireflective treatment, ACF logo transfer at 3 o’clock
Black composite resin
Black composite resin
Microblasted black ceramic, ICM logo transfer on the crystal
Satin-finished steel with black rubber insert
Satin-finished steel, rectangular with black rubber insert
100 m or 10 ATM
Microblasted black skeleton openworked with luminous blue rhodium-plated satin-finished applique indexes
Satin-finished, luminous blue rhodium-plated, chronograph hand with H counterweight
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Hublot HUB4200 calibre
No. of Components
Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Sandblasted & rhodium-plated
With reinforced spring
Adjustable in black rubber with gummy alligator finish
Black PVD steel
Edition limited to 250 pieces numbered from 01/250 to 250/250