The ever-innovating luxury watchmaker Hublot and Friend of the Brand Alexander Ovechkin, one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time, have teamed up to create the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Carbon Alex Ovechkin, a limited edition watch made in honour of ‘The Great Eight’, as the Russian ice hockey superstar is affectionately known.
About Alex Ovechkin
Ovi is one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time. On February 22, 2020, in a game against the New Jersey Devils in Newark, NJ, the captain of the Washington Capitals ice hockey team, Alexander Ovechkin, scored his 700th career goal. That’s a landmark only seven other players have reached in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), and one that puts him well ahead of any other athlete playing in the league today. No other athlete currently playing in the NHL comes anywhere near his scoring record. Commentators calculate it could be decades before another player reaches the 700 goals mark. This incredible moment reaffirmed Alexander’s status as one of the all-time greats of the game and a global sporting icon. Also known as ‘The Great Eight’ because of his jersey number, the 35-year-old Russian is one of the most decorated players in NHL history. In 2018 he led the Capitals to their first ever Stanley Cup win.
“To work with my favourite watch brand and design a watch, as well as have it named after me is a huge honour. When Hublot asked which model we should work on together, it one hundred percent had to be the Big Bang Unico. I love this watch. It’s bold, technical, innovative, daring, strong and fits perfectly on my wrist. I am so happy to share this story of the watch with hockey and Hublot fans around the world” Alexander Ovechkin
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Carbon Alex Ovechkin
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Carbon Alex Ovechkin, with its red, black and grey accents is a very outspoken watch. It features an ambitiously sized 45mm carbon fibre case and carbon fibre bezel. The red accents consist of micro-glass fibres in the form of “Non Woven Fabric” (NWF), which is used to strengthen the composite material from which the case is made. During the preparation of the composite, this NWF and carbon fibre are fused with a resin-tinted adhesive. This high-tech, high-performance material combination was chosen to reflect both Alexander’s hockey equipment and his own extraordinary resilience and longevity. Now 35, “Ovi”, as he is called by his fans, was drafted in 2004.
The skeleton dial occupies center stage. To celebrate Ovechkin’s jersey number, a ‘Great Eight’ logo sits at 8 o’clock while the tip of the chronograph hand, which is finished in red, white and blue is a nod to the Russian flag, as well as the colors of the Washington Capitals. Additionally, Ovi’s signature appears on the sapphire crystal case back.
Powered by an MHUB1242 UNICO Manufacture Self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel, the watch delivers a power reserve of 72 hours. It is worn on a red velcro strap and features Hublot’s signature “One-Click” fastening system, allowing the strap to be changed safely and quickly (The watch will include a second strap in black rubber). And the icing on the cake: there will also be a limited edition custom hockey puck signed by Ovi as a memento for fans to treasure.