Watches: Hublot King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Cheval Blanc Randheli
By Thierry Ané on January 3, 2014
For most of us, the name “Cheval Blanc” instantly evokes the snow-capped mountains of Courchevel 1850 and the comfort of its most famous and most luxurious hotel. Since November 2013, though, it is also synonymous with white sand, light blue water and sunny sky. Indeed, the LVMH-owned brand opened the “Cheval Blanc Randheli” in the Maldives. Designed by famous architect Jean-Michel Gathy, this most anticipated resort is a luxury haven and a showcase for modern design and architecture.
Hublot did not waste time to honour this new jewel of the Noonu Atoll: just before the end of 2013, they introduced the King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Cheval Blanc Randheli, a beautiful diver’s watch limited to 20 pieces.
The choice of a diver’s watch to celebrate a seaside resort makes perfect sense. Launched in 2011 with a titanium version, the watch is technologically impressive: it is water resistant to 4,000 meters and meets with the exacting NIHS requirements. It features a 6.5 mm-thick sapphire crystal, a screw down case back, and screw down crowns. The scaled luminous bezel and hands remain legible from a distance of 25 cm in the dark.
Since the first model, ten more versions have been presented (including the one discussed here). In particular, one can mention two interesting limited editions: the King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Alinghi in 2012 and the King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Caribbean in 2013. In 2012, Hublot also introduced a chronograph version of this model with a remarkable water resistance of 1,000 meters despite the chronograph pushers. This successful model has already been presented in three new versions since its release.
The King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Cheval Blanc Randheli is crafted in titanium like the original but uses a very summery white for the rubber strap, the dial, the crown and the composite elements of the case. The pale green SuperLuminova of the inner bezel, the hour markers and the hands has been replaced by a vivid yellow, the colour of the “Cheval Blanc Maison”. It reinforces the summer feel and works nicely with the white. The case back is engraved with the “Cheval Blanc” motif and the inscription “Randheli” in yellow.
As I said before, I would think twice before wearing many so-called diver’s watches to paddle in my pool. However, I never hesitate to dive with my King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Titanium. Whatever the version, this model remains a great choice for the holiday. Dressed in white, it becomes even more appropriate for summertime. Hublot creates a beautiful watch that measures up to the Cheval Blanc’s reputation.