On March 21, with 85 days to go before the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off, Hublot Watches Tuiga 1909 Replica brought together friends of the brand to celebrate the beautiful game of football in a Match of Friendship during Baselworld 2018. On April 15, with 60 days to go before the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, the brand joined hands with its UAE partner Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons to bring together friends of the brand and regional football players for a return game after the tie score at Basel Two.
David Tedeschi (Regional Director Hublot Middle East & Africa), Abdul Hamied Seddiqi (Vice Chairman of Seddiqi Holding), Pelé, Ricardo Guadalupe (CEO of Hublot) and Marcello Lippi © Hublot
After the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris and Hall 4 at Baselworld, it was at the feet of the world’s tallest building -Burj Khalifa- and overlooking the world’s biggest fountain, The Dubai Mall Fountain, that the Swiss watchmaker blew the whistle to start the special game held in this original location. True to its motto “First, Unique, Different”, Hublot invited Brand Ambassador Pelé to coach his first football team in Dubai, for this game held at the Dubai Opera Hanging Garden which saw action for the first time since their inauguration. Friend of the Brand, Marcello Lippi, managed the opposing team.
Everything was in place, from the 4th official’s panel to the recently unveiled Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ watch that gave a live demonstration of its functions. Hublot’s smart technology gave the referee notifications from Goal Line Technology live throughout this Match of Friendship, just as it will during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.
The 4th official’s panel and the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ watch © Hublot
Prior to the big kick-off, the crowd was surprised by skydivers sporting the UAE flag as well as the Hublot and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons emblems appearing in the sky. The trio performed aerial routines before landing by the football pitch.
According to protocol, the two teams exchanged pennants at the start of the game. Going beyond pure ritual, this was a symbol of a friendly game held under the banner of friendship. At half-time, a freestyle football demonstration confirmed that anything can be done with a football. At the end of the game, the spirit and contagious energy of football was kept alive at a stadium-fever inspired cocktail reception at the same iconic location, where guests mingled with the players and met some of their favourite football figures. The evening was followed by a private dinner at Sean Connolly, with the Hublot Watches Melbourne Replica and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons teams, the players and friends.
The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ © Hublot
The Match of Friendship
- 30’ of game time
- 2x 15’ with a 10’ half-time break
- 2 Coaches
- Marcello Lippi
- 2 Teams
- 10 Legends and Stars from the world of football
- 1 International referee
- Ali Bujsaim
- 1 Master of ceremony
- Tom Urquhart
- 1 Watch
- Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
- Pelé’s team
Bronze for a watchmaking substance is growing ever more popular, with its distinctive classic looks and one of a kind patina developing over time. The Hublot Watches Dublin Replica “art of fusion” design concept is very much at play here with a mixture of materials such as 18k polished yellow gold screws supplying a subtle visual comparison in the brushed bronze case and matte black skeletonized dial. Splashes of green adorn the second hand and minute trail, which help to connect the eye face using the green embroidered deer head decorating the ring. Inside the Big Bang Bavaria beats Hublot’s Unico manufacture movement which delivers a flyback chronograph complication and 72-hour electricity reserve.The dial of this Big Bang Bavaria is wonderfully three-dimensional, by the floating Hublot logo on the sapphire to the exposed date ring using its unobtrusive aperture at 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are full of luminescent material to the tip and partially cut away at the base, to better exhibit the vulnerable gears of Hublot’s Unico motion beneath. This coupled with extensive usage of lume for the hour markers, chronograph hands, quarter-hour “pips” on the moments register, and hour “pips” on the hours register should make for good nighttime readability. The contrast of gold against black also seems to create the Big Bang Bavaria one of the more legible models that Hublot has released recently.Naturally, the Big Bang Bavaria was started with the event in Hublot’s boutique in Munich, with LVMH Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver and firm CEO Ricardo Guadalupe combined by Marcus Meindl for the tapping of the keg and picture-taking. Meindl has become a family-run tanner and boot manufacturer since 1683, and their current factory in Kirchanschöring, Bavaria, has been in operation for over 300 decades. The straps of every watch are hand-crafted using the family’s ancestral techniques, with each individual deer hide taking 3 or 4 weeks to tan. Conventional sewing methods generate a three-dimensional effect for those deer head insignia, which functions to improve the textural and visual allure of this eye as a whole.
Dida, Robbie Keane, Serginho, Marcel Desailly, Majed Hassan
- Marcello Lippi’s team
Marco Amelia, Marco Materazzi, Gianluca Zambrotta, Christian Karembeu, Michel Salgado