Flash News: Hublot King Power Scolari
By Thierry Ané on May 14, 2014
Any week where I get to discuss two new Hublot watches is a great week. If the timepieces happen to be King Power models, I am over the moon and it becomes a truly fantastic week. Well, to be completely honest, of course I am more thrilled the week I purchase two new Hublot watches! But you get the picture: knowing they exist is already exciting by anticipation…
Yesterday, I presented the King Power Money MayweatherFlash News: Hublot King Power Money Mayweather that Ricardo Guadalupe offered to Floyd “Money” Mayweather on the ring in Las Vegas, grumbling that it was just a unique piece and not an actual model you and I could buy. Today, we are back to the sport of the year for Hublot, namely football, with a model I may very well include in my collection: the King Power Scolari.
For those of you with absolutely no interest whatsoever in football, Luiz Felipe Scolari is the head coach of the Brazilian National Football Team. He will have the honour of opening the event on June 12th in Sao Paulo and, since he already led Brazil to victory in 2002, he will be carrying all the hopes of millions of Brazilian fans.
This week, however, he was in Switzerland invited by Hublot to tour the manufacture in Nyon and find out how their stunning watches are actually made. I am not sure how interested in watches he actually is but if he is not that much into it, the headache caused by the presentation must have dissipated very fast when he was handed the number 00/50 of the timepiece that bears its name: the King Power Scolari!
As you have already guessed from this number, the watch will be available for sale in a limited edition of just 50 pieces so anyone interested (who isn’t really?) should act fast or run the risk of missing this great model.
Crafted in black ceramic with a beautiful carbon fibre bezel, this King Power is part of the “Aero” series with its unmistakable and utterly captivating openwork dial. The watch houses the brand’s HUB 4245 self-winding calibre that can be found in most football-oriented models due to the presence of a 45-minute central chronograph perfectly suited to time football matches.
The dial is a splendid tribute to the Brazilian colours. Above the black-treated movement parts, lies a sapphire disc with a green small seconds sub-dial transfer featuring a white minute track with yellow five-minute markings. It is surrounded by the chronograph 45-minute chapter ring in bright yellow with green five-minute markers. The semi-skeletonized black nickel hours and minutes hands as well as the black nickel hour appliqués are filled with yellow SupeLuminova.
The colours of Brazil are picked up on the rubber moulding of the black PVD titanium chronograph pushers: yellow for the Start/Stop button and green for the Reset pusher. The back of the watch is adorned with Felipe Scolari's signature in yellow transferred onto the see-through sapphire. Lastly, the watch comes with a magnificent yellow alligator strap sewn onto black rubber and of course featuring green stitching. Since I also have official pictures of the watch mounted on a black gummy alligator strap with yellow stitches, one can assume it comes with both options (otherwise, if you buy this model I strongly advise you also buy the second strap).
There is no doubt that the Brazilian flag has youthful, joyful and nicely contrasting colours. However, at first thought, one would think that they are a little too garish for a luxury timepiece. The King Power Scolari proves this wrong: it works perfectly and the watch looks amazing. I even think it works better than another King Power made for another well-known Brazilian: the King Power F1 Ayrton Senna Tourbillon that was only focusing on the yellow colour and, in my opinion, was lacking the lively contrast brought by the green.
No word on the price and date of availability yet but I will include something as soon as I have more information about this brilliant addition to the King Power family. Oh my gosh, I am excited and the best part is that with the World Cup coming up soon, I am pretty certain Hublot will release a few more models in the forthcoming weeks to boost even more my enthusiasm…