Hublot adds time cricket
Hublot has proven it has a passionate for sport over the years and it is the first watch brand to work with the ICC (International Cricket Council) and to partner with its elite international cricketing events, including this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.
The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the second cricket watch created by Hublot. The first was produced in limited series for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which was won by Australia.
The new watch is a celebration of cricket and picks up from the original Hublot Cricket World Cup watch produced four years ago.
It features a number of characterful design touches to mark the association. The grey and red detailing found in the dial, satin-finished and polished ceramic bezel and leather and rubber strap are inspired by the colour palette of this year’s event logo; the hands of the twin counters for the chronograph minutes and small seconds are shaped like cricket bats; the triple appliqué hour marker at 12 o’clock mirrors the three wooden stumps guarded by a batsman; and the sapphire case back is decorated with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 logo.
The 45mm satin-finished and polished titanium case houses HUB1155, a skeletonised automatic chronograph calibre with a date at 6 o’clock. Only 100 pieces will be made.
At Baselworld Hublot also announced a new Friend of the Brand, former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Kevin was an explosive batsman and one of the outstanding cricketers of his generation. He played the last of his 104 Tests in 2014, and scored over 8,000 runs at an average of 47 during his international Test career.
Hublot is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of this summer’s festival of cricket, which begins on May 30 when the tournament hosts and top-ranked side England take on South Africa. During the tournament’s six-week schedule this summer, the 10 qualifying teams will all play each other in a round-robin format. In total, there will be 48 matches. The final will be played on July 14 at Lord’s in London, the iconic home of cricket. Hublot will time each 50-over match.
Cricket is one of the world’s most popular sports. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 attracted an estimated global audience of more than one billion. Last year, the ICC published a research project that revealed that more than 300 million people participate in the sport worldwide.