Hublot’s involvement with professional football continues with the limited edition King Power 66 Hodgson, named after the Manager of the England National football team, Roy Hodgson. For those of you not familiar with his name, Roy Hodgson is a legendary football manager, with a long career, having managed teams in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Finland and of course England. Everywhere he left his mark and led many teams to victory. To learn more about his extraordinary career, just take a look at his Wikipedia page.
The idea for the watch came from Roy’s son Christopher Hodgson, who collaborated with the brand on the design of this piece.
“Dad and I are massive fans of the Hublot brand, and their extraordinary vision, fusion of materials, and marketing expertise is truly amazing, and one of the great success stories. It is a proud day for me personally to make this project a reality with my Father as the ambassador for this unique ‘66 piece’, and a legacy from me to him of sorts. My deep gratitude to Mr JC Biver, and my friends Ricardo Guadalupe & Rick de La Croix for their support, and believing in the Hublot King Power 66 Hodgson!”.
The King Power 66 Hodgson, uses the same HUB4245 skeleton chronograph caliber as the King Power Paris Saint-Germain, with a special hand indicating the time elapsed out of a 45 minutes in each half. The movement is coated with black ruthenium for a beautiful overall effect of homogeneity, and clearer reading. A minute track, a time counter at 9 o’clock and a date window at 4 o’clock all feature on the predominantly white and red piece, which is stamped with the famous English flag.
The 48 mm case is highly shock-resistant using a black carbon fiber. The moulded black rubber crown made of King Gold is flanked by two push-buttons in red and white rubber. In a final reference to Roy Hodgson, and adding an attractive touch to the piece, the caseback is engraved with the English victory emblem and has the Manager’s signature. Each watch comes with three interchangeable straps, alligator and rubber, red, white and black with deployant buckle.
Hublot is the first luxury brand to become involved in football in 2006. Since then, Hublot has worked in close collaboration with FIFA as Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FIFA World Cup™ – the countdown has already started in Brazil, visible to all on the giant Hublot clocks designed by the celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer and installed on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, in Brasilia and in Sao Paulo. Also the Official Watch of Euro 2012, Hublot now works very closely with a number of famous clubs, including Bayern Munich in Germany, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus Turin in Italy and Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Roy Hodgson joined the Hublot family a few years ago, and came to visit the Hublot factory in Switzerland last year with his family. He joined the group, friends, ambassadors of Hublot including Pelé, Mourinho, Falcao to name a few in the football field.
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