As the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™approaches, Hublot celebrates the capital Brasilia and pays tribute to its famed architect Oscar Niemeyer
Hublot, Official Timekeeper of the forthcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, is starting its countdown to the event by celebrating the country’s capital, Brasilia, and paying tribute to its creator, Oscar Niemeyer.
Architect of the futuristic city, symbol of modern Brazil, one of his country’s most celebrated figures and recognised as one of the most well-known architects of the 20th century, Oscar Niemeyer has agreed, quite exceptionally, to work with Hublot. In his honour, and to celebrate his 104th birthday at the end of 2011, a special series named “Aero Bang Niemeyer” will be created, limited to just 104 pieces.
At a private reception on 29th November 2011 at Mr Niemeyer’s residence in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Rick Delacroix, President of Hublot Latin America, will have the honour of presenting him with the watch that bears his name, with the number 104/104.
Created from tantalum, the Big Bang “Aero Bang Niemeyer” comprises an elegant matt black skeleton dial which allows the beautiful “architecture” of the Chronograph calibre HUB4214 to be fully appreciated. The yellow and green colours subtly applied to the indexes and hands are a clear reference to the colours of Brasilia. The 104 numbered pieces will of course be available in Brazil, exclusively from Grifith in Brasilia.
Born in 1907 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer is one of the most famous architects in the world, and his magnificent creations form a major part of the heart of Brasilia, as well as the cities of Rio and São Paulo. Responsible for the realisation of more than 600 projects, the architect has also left his stamp on a large number of European countries and the United States, most significantly through his work on the construction of the UN headquarters. A great lover of freedom, he is one of the great symbols of contemporary architecture celebrating flexible forms and sensual curves.
Hublot: the exclusive story of Fusion
Hublot’s reputation dates back three decades: during this era, it was the first prestigious Swiss watch brand to fuse precious metals with natural rubber. This innovation provoked a veritable revolution. In 2004, Jean-Claude Biver – one of the few people to have genuinely made their mark on Swiss watchmaking – joined the company, sparking a true renaissance and revolutionising watchmaking with the creation of the “Big Bang”. This multiple award-winning chronograph, with its contemporary and distinguished design, marked the start of the brand’s spectacular growth. Today, Hublot continues to write the story of the Art of Fusion by combining unusual materials such as magnesium, carbon, tantalum, tungsten, titanium, ceramic and rubber with more conventional ones such as gold, platinum, steel, diamonds and precious stones With its new high-tech watchmaking manufacture on the shores of Lake Geneva and its impressive growth, the brand remains true to the great Swiss tradition of watchmaking, enriched with the visionary creativity of the 21st Century.
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BIG BANG 44 MM “AERO BANG NIEMEYER”
Series Limited to 104 pieces numbered from 01/104 to 104/104
Case 44.5 mm Big Bang, in micro-blasted tantalum
Bezel Micro-blasted tantalum
6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lugs Black composite
Lateral inserts Black composite
Crown Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces Black PVD titanium, rectangular, with black rubber inserts
Case-back Open tantalum, with circular satin finish
Case-back crystal Transfer of the Square of Three Powers, one of Oscar Niemeyer’s legendary works in Brasilia
Water resistance 10 Atm, i.e. approx 100 metres
Dial Matt black openworked skeleton.
Green varnished indexes, with yellow SuperLuminova™
Hands Polished black nickel, with yellow SuperLuminova™
Chronograph hand with H counterweight
Movement HUB4214 – Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Bridges Satin-finished, bevelled & polished
Screws Black PVD titanium
Calendar Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating weight Openworked and coated in black PVD, tungsten segment
Main plate Micro-blasted black chromium
Barrel Reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power reserve Approximately 42 hours
Strap Adjustable black rubber and black Crocodile Porosus Hornback strap, with grey stitching
Clasp Big Bang black PVD deployant buckle, titanium screws and satin-finished tantalum plate
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