Watches: Hublot King Power 692 Bang

By Thierry Ané on July 21, 2014

The beginning of summer was all about football for Swiss luxury brand Hublot but now that the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended, its official timekeeper has quickly moved on to new challenges. Last Wednesday, the brand held an intimate cocktail event at its American flagship located at 692 Madison Avenue in New York City to celebrate the launch of a new King Power model in tribute to the city that never sleeps. Limited to just 26 pieces, the King power 692 Bang plays on a black and yellow colour theme as a nod to the iconic taxi cabs that line the streets of Manhattan.

This refined yet sporty timepiece boasts the extremely appealing 48 mm “King Power” case. Crafted in microblasted black ceramic, it features a black ceramic and rubber bezel with the brand’s trademark 6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws. Black-coated titanium and black rubber moulding are also used for the chronograph pushers and the crown to extend the all-black theme.

The bumblebee dial is a reference to the yellow NYC taxis: the minute track and sub-dial inscriptions are made in a vivid yellow that contrasts strongly with the black background. All the semi-skeletonized hands are made of yellow nickel and feature black SuperLuminova: they are the negative image of the hour markers crafted in black nickel and filled with yellow SuperLuminova.

The back of the case has also been customized: it presents a medallion with a sketch of the Madison Avenue boutique’s façade. This elegant building inspired by the grand luxury townhouses of New York’s historic Upper East Side neighbourhood was actually designed by well-known architect Peter Marino.

The King power 692 Bang is secured by a black PVD titanium folding buckle and comes with two interchangeable straps. First, a vivid yellow alligator strap mounted on black rubber similar to the one adorning the King Power Scolari presented earlier this summer. The green stitches of Felipe Scolari's version have thus been replaced by black stitching for the NYC interpretation. If a yellow strap looks too bold for you, Hublot also includes a black hornback alligator strap, like for instance the one on the King Power F1 Great Britain or the King Power F1 Interlagos, but this time featuring yellow stitches.

The King power 692 Bang is powered by the HUB 4100 calibre. This self-winding movement with a chronograph function beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers 42 hours of power reserve. This limited edition will only be available at the New York City boutique and will retail for US$ 26,200.

As all regular readers of Watch Agora surely know by now, I am a huge fan of Hublot’s King Power models and I am usually laudatory about each new iteration of this perfect sports watch. I must confess, however, that I am not blown away by this new King power 692 Bang. Hublot usually excels at the difficult exercise of customisation but this time something is missing for me. NYC taxi cabs are indeed yellow but the little touches of this colour on the dial are not enough to evoke this great city in my opinion. Perhaps a logo on the dial would have helped? I am not sure but one thing is certain though: something is missing to make this watch truly desirable and unique.

For more information please visit the Hublot web site.

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