Flash News: Hublot Big Bang Chukker Bang Tang Polo Club
By Thierry Ané on October 8, 2014
From September 9th to 21st the Tang Polo Club located at the riverside of Wenyu River in Beijing hosted the 2014 China Open Polo Tournament. As Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of both the club and tournament, Hublot was of course present at this important event in the polo calendar. The Nyon-based manufacture used this opportunity to introduce the new limited edition Chukker Bang Tang Polo Club.
The watch signs the return of the characteristic titanium guardrail that first appeared in 2012 on the Chukker Bang as the brand’s solution to protect the watch face during the very physical polo competitions. This removable grid is hollowed-out to let you read the time and features a large eye on the left-hand side for the oversized seven and a half minutes chronograph counter (the exact time of a round of polo match or “chukka”).
This grid is installed on a black ceramic bezel engraved with the inscription “Tang Polo” between 4 and 6 o’clock. The titanium of the initial 44.5 mm Big Bang case is replaced by carbon fibre to better complement the bezel. Only the chronograph pushers and grooved crown remain metallic with ecru rubber moulding that echoes the stitches of the black calfskin leather strap secured by a folding buckle.
The dial of this extremely appealing model is predominantly black with the logo of the Tang Polo Club in ecru in the small seconds counter at 3 o’clock. The same colour is used for the brand’s name and the luminescent material that appears in the black nickel hour markers and semi-skeletonized hours and minutes hands.
The chronograph central seconds hand is in contrasting red just like the semi-skeletonized one on the unique chronograph register at 9 o’clock. There, the seven and a half minute indications are also red for perfect legibility. Just like the 2012 model, the back of this Chukker Bang Tang Polo Club is in titanium with a “Chukker Bang” inscription and logo.
This means that the future 20 lucky owners of this very exclusive edition will not be able to admire the self-winding HUB 1141 calibre with its flyback chronograph function.
Do I really need to emphasize how stunning the Chukker Bang Tang Polo Club is? It is a truly worthy successor of the Chukker Bang in titanium, filled with very technical and innovative materials and a sharper, more cutting-edge look.
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.