Watches: Hublot King Power Unico Jose Mourinho Special One (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 17, 2014
To me, the release of a new King Power model is always a big deal. There is not a single luxury sports watch (or just the one maybe!) that I would rather see on my wrist when I am in the mood for a bulky casual model. Despite its intimidating (to some) 48 mm case, the watch sits perfectly well on my small wrist and Hublot’s rubberized straps and folding buckles are probably the most comfortable on the market, making the watch an absolute pleasure to wear.
I was thus particularly eager to discover the King Power Unico Special One that made its debut at Baselworld this year. With the forthcoming FIFA World Cup for which Hublot is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch, the theme on the Hublot stand was hundred percent football-oriented and, given the countless partners and ambassadors gathered by the manufacture in this field, there was little surprise to learn that the new King Power was dedicated to a football leading figure, Jose Mourinho.
I did not pay attention to who he was to be honest but I think it has something to do with coaching or refereeing and I clearly understood that he is nicknamed “The Special One”. That is probably all you and I need to know about this ambassador as we certainly do not need to be football fans to enjoy these new watches. Plural indeed as the King Power Unico Special One comes in a limited run of 250 Titanium models as well as an additional 100 pieces in King Gold.
The first thing I noticed when I was handed the watch is the overwhelming presence of blue, which is good in my book as I truly enjoy this colour on a watch. Furthermore, it is not any hue of blue but a very elegant deep navy blue that will look terrific on my wrist this summer!
On closer inspection, one realises that what makes the colour so intense is its presence everywhere: the counters on the dial as well as the SuperLuminova for the hands and hours markers, but also the magnificent gummy alligator strap sewn onto black rubber. This time, the rubber inserts for the push-buttons and crown as well as the moulded bezel are not black as they are on most models: they use the same shade of blue as the rest of the watch, bringing an extra depth to the ensemble.
This beautiful navy blue colour, however, is nowhere as beautiful as it appears on the bezel of the watch. Crafted in carbon fibre, the deep navy blue colour is integrated within the material. This attention-grabbing blue carbon fibre is absolutely new for Hublot and the result of an unprecedented technical process: the colour is directly integrated in the fibres arranged in the mould, and the whole assembly is then pressurised. Visually it is nothing short of spectacular!
Inside the watch beats the brand’s in-house self-winding calibre. This flyback chronograph with an apparent column-wheel on the dial side offers 72 hours of power reserve. It features a tungsten oscillating weight with micro-blasted surface treated in black ruthenium that can be admired through the sapphire exhibition back that also bears the signature of Jose Mourinho. I really appreciate the fact that this is the only visual reference to this football guy apart from the choice of blue, a colour he apparently appreciates (but who doesn’t?). This makes the watch absolutely perfect for anyone who appreciates a beautiful sporty blue model but with no particular interest for football or its “stars”.
In conclusion, I was once again struck by the beauty of a Hublot watch. For this model, it is even hard to decide which one looks better as the intense blue works perfectly with the Titanium or King Gold case. A true success…
Side-by-side with the Hublot King Power Paris Saint-Germain Black Ceramic: