Watches: Hublot King Power Paris Saint-Germain
By Thierry Ané on March 3, 2014
At the end of September 2013, the partnership between Swiss luxury brand Hublot and French football club Paris Saint-Germain was announced. Five months later, at the Ooredoo training centre, in presence of several players, the official club watch, the King Power Paris Saint-Germain, was unveiled.
Since the first King Power model was introduced in January 2009, the brand used this masculine 48 mm case on several occasions to honour renowned football clubs. It all started in 2011 with no less than two “King Power Red Devil” models, one in black ceramic and one in King Gold, for Manchester United. In 2012, the brand released the King Power FC Bayern Munich for yet another legendary club. In 2013, it was the turn of a Brazilian club to see its name affiliated with a Hublot watch: the aptly named King Power Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. The same year, Hubot unveiled the King Power Juventus for the Juventus FC in Italy.
Despite my usual disinterest in all things related to football, I was truly excited about these watches. First because of my unconditional love for Hublot in general and for the King Power model in particular. Then, because despite my utter ignorance when it comes to football, in my mind, these clubs bear extremely prestigious names associated with victories (well, Manchester United, the FC Bayern Munich and the Juventus at least: to be honest I had never heard of the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo before the Big Bang Flamengo released in 2011!).
In my opinion, there are plenty of other legendary club names like Arsenal FC or Liverpool FC in England, the Real Madrid CF or the FC Barcelona in Spain and, to a lesser extent, the FC Porto or the Sporting CP in Portugal (the latter by the way has a nice coat of arms with a cool green colour that would be perfect on a King power!). For some reasons, Hublot decided to bet on a French club, the Paris Saint-Germain, that I consider much less glamorous…
The watch, however, is a great success as always with Hublot. The club’s emblem is red and blue and features the Eiffel Tower. It appears at three o’clock on the sapphire dial of this black ceramic watch. The seconds counter and the minute track are blue with white markers. In black nickel, the hours and minutes hands are semi-skeletonized and covered with blue SuperLuminova. The watch is equipped with a 45-minute chronograph with two central black nickel hands. The one with the white tip indicates the seconds while the red-tipped hand displays the elapsed minute on a 45-minute blue track with red five-minute numerals on a white background.
As usual with almost all football-inspired models, the black rubber strap of the King Power Paris Saint-Germain features a central insert (blue here) and two chronograph pushers of diferrent colours (blue and white in this instance). This beautiful watch will be available in a limited edition of just 200 numbered pieces and comes with an official Paris Saint-Germain shirt signed by all the players (!).
I honestly find the King Power Paris Saint-Germain very appealing and I truly look forward to seeing it up close in Basel (I just caught a glimpse of it in Geneva during our time with Hublot). It is clearly another model I will probably buy even though I can’t help thinking that I already have a lot of King Power models with red and blue accents and would be overjoyed to see Hublot venture again in more unusual colour palettes.