Over an exclusive event held at Sydney’s iconic Cricket Ground, Michael Clarke announced Hublot’s partnership with Cricket Australia and the Ashes Series 2017-18 (23 Nov – 8 Jan). Along with discussing his formidable cricket career and involvement in The Ashes as a Commentator, Clarke also unveiled the limited edition Classic Fusion Chronograph “The Ashes”, as part of the collaboration.
Hublot was the first luxury brand to partner with the International Cricket Council (ICC) as official timekeeper for the World cup in 2015. The brand has now extended this long-term partnership with the ICC on all events to 2020 (including ICC Champion’s Trophy and the Women’s World Cup, with both events taking place this year).
About the watch
Several subtle details give the watch its unique character. The dial features a few distinctive symbols directly associated with cricket: the hands of the two counters in the shape of a bat and, at 12 o’clock, a triple applique referring to the stumps. The case-back bears the Ashes series logo on the sapphire glass. The ensemble is completed by a grey color dial and strap as a reference to the color of ashes. Finally, the calfskin strap is stitched with triple white saddle stitching in the style of a cricket ball. The Classic Fusion Chronograph “The Ashes” is limited to 32 pieces, referring to the number of series won by each team.
Reference: 521.NX.7071.VR.TAS17, Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION XX/32, Diameter: 45mm, Thickness: 13.05mm, Water Resistant: 5ATM (50m)
Case: Polished and satin finished titanium, Bezel Lug: Black composite resin, Screws: Polished titanium, Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment, Crown: Polished titanium with engraved HUBLOT logo, Pushers: Polished titanium, CaseBack: Satin-finished titanium engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” + “XX/32”, CaseBack Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + “TAS17” logo printed
Dial: Grey sunray satin-finished, Polished rhodium-plated appliques
Hands: Polished rhodium plated hands
Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB1143, Type: Self-winding Chronograph movement, Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.9 mm, Date: Window at 6.00, Components: 280, Jewels: 59, Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h), Power Reserve: 42 Hours, Strap: Black rubber and grey calf with grey and white stitching, Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle clasp