Watches: Hublot King Power 66 Hodgson (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 29, 2014
On Friday 25th April, the Watch Agora team was invited to the Hublot Boutique on New Bond Street in London for a special event well in line with the “Hublot loves football” motto the Nyon-based manufacture has selected for this Football Wold Cup year.
Indeed, Ricardo Guadalupe, the CEO of the brand, presented Roy Hodgson, the Manager of the England National Football Team, with a King Power watch that has been named in his honour and, to make the timepiece even for special to him, designed in collaboration with Mr Hodgson’s son Christopher. Also present for this exceptional event was Marcus Margulies, the owner of London’s most prestigious multi-brand luxury watch boutique Marcus and also owner of the Hublot boutique.
Fittingly, the King Power 66 Hodgson houses the brand’s HUB 4245 skeleton chronograph with a central 45-minute counter to time football games. This self-winding movement that also indicates the date offers 42 hours of power reserve. Exquisitely skeletonised, this beautiful movement hides nothing of its contemporary black ruthenium-coated bridges and inner workings thanks to the “Aero Bang”-style sapphire dial so dear to the brand.
For comfort of wear and resistance to shocks, the 48 mm King Power case has been crafted in carbon fibre paired with a black rubber and King gold bezel for contrast. The same proprietary “King gold” alloy (extra precious with its 5% of platinum) has been used for the crown that also features the usual black rubber insert with the brand’s logo. Like other football-related models, the two black titanium push-pieces feature rubber mounding of different colours, red and white here like the football jersey of the England team. As an additional reminder of its origin, this beautiful model bears the cross of St. George, the national flag of England since Richard I, stamped on its right-hand side flange.
The skeletonised dial picks up the white and red colour theme for the minute track, the small second counter and the central chronograph 45-minute ring. Crafted in King gold, the semi-skeletonised hands and hour markers are filled with red SuperLuminova and provide the finishing colour touch of this lively model. On the closed case back, the watch presents a glass medallion with England’s 1966 world championship victory emblem.
To allow Roy Hodgson to wear it in all occasions, the King Power 66 Hodgson is presented with no less than three alligator straps all sewn onto rubber for durability and comfort and secured with a black PVD titanium buckle. On the official pictures the watch is shown on its red alligator strap with white stiches, but it was mounted on a black alligator and white stiches when we took our pictures. Lastly, you can wear it with its white alligator strap with black stitches.
Although this watch is a unique piece for Mr Hodgson, I did not present it to you just to tease you: if you like the look, you will be pleased to learn that a limited edition of 66 pieces will also be launched later this year. Whether it will have exactly this look or not it still unknown but I will come back to it as soon as I have more details and, possibly live pictures. In the meantime, enjoy our little photo report of this exciting event.