Watches: Hublot King Power Las Vegas
By Thierry Ané on December 22, 2013
Some people may think that the amount of limited editions produced by Hublot defeats the very purpose of these series. I absolutely don’t! If there is something I truly love about this brand, it is unambiguously its ability to renew itself, remain creative and original while unveiling new limited editions at the speed of light.
Many brands rely on a single spearhead collection and most of their other timepieces are less successful. With Hublot, every new collection becomes an instant hit. The iconic “Big Bang” shares the spotlight with the elegant “Classic Fusion”, the massive “King Power”, and the sporty “Ferrari”. Each and every collection receives the brand’s attention and contains gorgeous and original pieces. However, the collection receiving my unconditional love is the “King Power”.
If you were to offer me a trip and unexpectedly ask me where I want to go, chances are we would end up in Vegas. I absolutely love the place and although I am going there every single year, I always feel I haven’t had enough of this city.
Imagine my excitement when I found out that Hublot has created two special King Power watches for the Las Vegas boutique!
The two beauties are playing the all-grey card which is another great turn-on for me. Crafted in titanium, these timepieces are powered by the in-house Unico movement and feature the recognisable sapphire dial. This time, however, the flange and chrono counters feature a metallic grey colour very similar to the rhodium hour markers and hands or the titanium of the case. To achieve the stunning all-grey look, the watches are fitted with a splendid metallic grey alligator strap sewn onto a black rubber. The only touch of colour on the dial comes from the “Vegas” inscription in garnet-red between 10 and 12 o’clock, and the unmissable number “7” appliqué set with red rubies (my only criticism here is that it has been set with six stones and not seven). The only difference between the two models is that one is entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds and the other is diamond-free. The former is limited to 11 pieces and the latter to 21.
Another feat awaits you when you flip the watch and look at its exhibition case back. Indeed, the sapphire crystal features a transfer of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Designed by Betty Willis, it is a Las Vegas landmark since it was erected in 1959. In a nod to the best appreciated visitors to this amazing city, the black rubber of the strap also bears the inscription “High Roller”.
All in all, these timepieces are perfect examples of Hublot’s know-how when it comes to producing original are to-the-point limited editions. These watches tick all the boxes you would expect from a successful homage to Las Vegas and feature a colour palette very unusual for King Power models. What more could I say except I want one?