Flash News: Hublot Aero Bang All White Special Edition
By Thierry Ané on September 16, 2014
Hublot loves Japan and has never missed an opportunity to present a beautiful timepiece in the red and white colours of this country’s flag. In 2011, Hublot was the Official Formula One Racing Timekeeper and in the middle of its stunning “King Power F1” series. The Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit was therefore the perfect excuse to introduce the splendid King Power F1 Suzuka in zirconium.
Two years later, Hublot had swapped this partnership for another prestigious sponsoring: the Swiss manufacture is now the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of Ferrari. The legendary Scuderia Ferrari racing team is also on Hublot time. Among the amazing watches that the luxury brand has already unveiled in tribute to this highly fruitful collaboration, the Big Bang Ferrari California 30 Giappone can be seen as another mind-blowing homage to the Land of the Rising Sun.
The anniversary of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland was certainly not a milestone this Nippon-loving brand could have missed. To properly celebrate this milestone, Hublot hosted a gala dinner on September 12, 2014 at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the very same luxury hotel Sofia Coppola chose to shoot “Lost In Translation” back in 2003. More than 150 guests enjoyed a fusion between Swiss, Japan and Hublot while witnessing a special performance by Japan’s famous calligrapher Ms Su Shishu. It was also the perfect setting to unveil a commemorative timepiece: the Aero Bang All White Special Edition.
Like previous models dedicated to this beautiful country, this 15-piece limited edition plays the white and red card. This 44.5 mm Big Bang is crafted in stainless steel with white composite resin lugs. The steel crown and chronograph pushers also feature white rubber inserts. In perfect “Aero” style, the white dial is half skeletonized to let you see the HUB 4214 movement even from the dial side. The minute tracks and some of the inscriptions on the small seconds sub-dial and chronograph registers are red just like the central chronograph seconds hand. White luminescent material covers the semi-skeletonized nickel hours and minutes hands as well as all the hour markers.
To complement this refined yet also sporty watch, the design team opted for a pristine grained white calfskin leather strap sewn onto white rubber with two rows of red stitches on both sides. The open exhibition case back lets you admire the self-winding movement that animates this watch but also bears a nice surprise: it is adorned with a transfer crated by Shishu and inspired by the “miracle lone pine tree”, the only pine tree of Rikuzentakata that survived the huge March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters (out of the 70,000 that graced the two kilometer-long shoreline). This 27-metre and 200-year-old pine tree remained standing and became an emblem of the people’s steadfastness after the catastrophe. Coastal erosion washed its roots with saline water and eventually caused it to wither and die in September 2012 but a magnificent replica has since been constructed using synthetic resin for branches and leaves and the original trunk cut into pieces and reconstructed after preservation.
The first Aero Bang All White Special Edition bearing the number “00/15” was auctioned off at the gala along with a work by Shishu. The profit from the auction and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the 14 remaining watches will be donated to the “Kamiosabe no Sato” who maintains the temporary playground at Kesen Elementary School in Kesen-machi Kamiosabe in the city of Rikuzentakata. A truly deserving cause and a really elegant watch!
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.