Flash News: Hublot Aero Bang Johnnie Walker House
By Thierry Ané on May 3, 2014
Hublot continues its politically incorrect associations: after the King Power Arturo Fuente introduced in partnership with the famous cigar brand, here comes the Aero Bang Johnnie Walker in collaboration with the equally renowned purveyor of luxury Scotch!
It was at the Johnnie Walker House at Ch’ien Men 23 in Beijing that Loic Biver, General Manager of Hublot Greater China, and Lawrence Law, Global General Manager of this venue dedicated to the whisky culture, that the new watch was officially unveiled on April 30th.
Part of the Aero Bang collection, the new watch shares some common traits with the Aero Bang Vendôme released in 2011 although I truly prefer the lighter colour palette of this new rendition. Housed in a 44 mm Big Bang case in black ceramic is the HUB 4214 self-winding chronograph calibre. Nicely skeletonised, it reveals all its intricate inner workings and looks extremely contemporary thanks to its all-black matt finish and nicely chiselled date disc. For this Johnnie Walker version, a beautiful shiny black entwined "JWS" logo has been superimposed to create a stunning effect.
The semi-skeletonised black ruthenium hours and minutes hands complete the stealthy look but the copper seconds hand brings a nice touch of colour to the dial picked up by the background of the date window. They are here to remind the traditional copper stills used in the whisky distillation process. This rich brown-red colour is also used for the crown rubber insert with the brand’s logo and for the chronograph pushers. All in all, it is a very subtle touch of colour but present enough to light up the entire watch.
With its usual attention to details when releasing a customised timepiece, the back of this watch lives up to the beauty of the front. On the sapphire crystal that allows you a sneak peek at the movement, Hublot placed a “John Walker & Sons” logo transfer using this captivating copper-like colour and black, just like the rest of the watch. For harmony, the inscription engraved on the black ceramic outer ring of the back are also filled with this colour.
Last but definitely not least, the watch is mounted on a magnificent hornback alligator strap sewn onto black rubber as usual with the brand and secured by a black PVD folding buckle. Its colour, referred to as “gold” by the brand but that I would more willingly qualify as rust-coloured, looks incredible and achieves the perfect design harmony of this model.
Limited to only 25 pieces, this extremely good-looking model will only be sold in China and prospective collectors from around the world will have to journey there or find a way to make arrangements with one of Hublot’s many boutiques in the country: Beijing, Dalian, Nanjing, Xiamen, Kunming, Ningbo or one of Shanghai's two locations. And if you did the math, it is just 3 pieces per boutique assuming an equal distribution. Not a lot indeed!