Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch


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Hublot has been working with Only Watch ever since the charity auction was established in 2005. Every two years, the Swiss brand launches a unique piece to support the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy. For this year, the renowned Nyon watchmaker has decided to team up with its iconic ambassador Usain Bolt. The 30-year old Jamaican superstar stated that he is more than happy to support Only Watch and contribute to the research on neuromuscular diseases. Estimated to be sold for between $50,000 and $80,000, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch comes presented with a PUMA t-shirt signed by the fastest man in the world. But that’s not all :) . The winner of the bid for this exceptional timepiece will also have a unique opportunity to meet Usain Bolt!

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The future owner will have a chance to meet Bolt himself

 

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch is symbolic in different ways. The first one is the Bolt himself. An eight time Olympic gold medalist and 11-time world champion, the charismatic Jamaican symbolizes the courage and determination of those suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said that he sees the collaboration with Usain Bolt as a symbol of the desire and the ambition to see “the strongest muscles helping to support the weakest muscles”. Another symbolic aspect of the new Hublot watch is its transparent sapphire case. Extremely hard, sapphire is considered to be one of the most difficult materials to work with. By choosing this particular material, Hublot wanted to send a message of pushing limits ever further, always believing that they can be exceeded.

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By choosing sapphire for the case, Hublot wanted to send a message of pushing limits ever further

 

A timepiece that embodies a desire to win, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch is actually inspired by one of Usain Bolt’s favorite Hublot models. The timepiece is placed inside a large 45 mm polished sapphire case. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters and features a case-matching bezel with six 18k yellow gold H-screws. On the back we have a transparent caseback  engraved with “UNIQUE PIECE”. The back sapphire crystal is decorated with the Only Watch logo. Beneath the front sapphire glass is a beautiful 18K yellow gold skeletonized dial with green accents. Gold is the sprinter’s favorite color while green represents a nod to the Jamaican flag. In addition to the color scheme, the dial also features 2 other “Bolt-inspired” details – the silhouette of the athlete’s iconic victory sign at 9 o’clock, and the lightning bolt-shaped central seconds hand.

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The iconic “lighting bolt” celebration is at 9 o’clock

 

Powering the new Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch is Hublot’s in-house made caliber HUB1242 with 38 jewels. This self-winding chronograph movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. There are two strap options for this timepiece: a lined transparent rubber, and a black rubber and yellow gold calf strap with flag of Jamaica. Both straps are secured with a titanium and yellow gold deployant buckle clasp.

 

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