Hublot has created a watch that celebrates the heritage of Nelson Mandela, one of the best known human rights activists of modern times. The watch dedicated to the former president of South Africa is made in collaboration to House of Mandela, a charity organization which was founded by the family of the late anti-apartheid revolutionary. The watch is made in a golden housing and with appropriate inscriptions and symbols that point out its inspiration. There are two versions of the watch, the bigger one made for men and the smaller version with diamonds for ladies. Both of them are launched in 95-piece limited issues and they are equipped with self-winding mechanical movements.
After the series dedicated to famed sportsmen and other celebrities, Hublot has opted to assign a special timekeeper to the man whose name is a synonym for freedom, dignity and multi-racial harmony. The result of this intention is a limited edition timekeeper which honors the winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela.
There are several references to Mandela’s heritage on the watch, starting from the number of copies in the limited editions. It is 95 which corresponds to his age at the time of his death two years ago.
Furthermore, there are several other details visible all over the bezel, dial and the case-back of the watch. At the bezel with a satin finish which is fixed with six polished titanium screws, one can notice Mandela’s signature at the top right section. The lower section of the dial which has the same decorative finish as the bezel of the watch (and the entire case for that matter) features the logo of House of Mandela.
There is also a representation of a bee with outstretched wings on the timekeeper’s dial. This symbolizes many branches of the Mandela family tree. It is also a reference to Mandela’s middle name, Rolihlahla. In Xhosa people’s language, this name translates to both “he who is brave enough to fetch the honey from the honeycomb”, as well as “he who is brave enough to challenge status quo”.
Africa on the Case-Back
A further nod to the renowned freedom fighter is a representation of Africa at the transparent sapphire section of the case-back. The see-through section with anti-reflective coating on the underside also includes the quote ‘It’s in our hands”.
Hublot Classic Fusion House of Mandela watch is made with an 18 K King Gold circular case. The men’s version has the diameter of 45 mm, while the women’s variant is 3 mm narrower. The ladies’ version of the watch also includes 35 diamonds (with the total weight of 1.15 carats) encrusted on the bezel.
The construction of the housing with water resistance to 50 meters likewise includes a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, as well as a polished gold crown with the brand’s logo. Gold was also used for the polished and faceted hands and hour markers.
Both versions of the watch are equipped with self-winding mechanical movements. The men’s model includes HUB 1112 caliber, while the women’s features HUB 1110 caliber. Each of the calibers is based on Selita SW300 movement with 25 rubies. It has the diameter of 11 ½ lignes and the thickness of 3.6mm. The operational frequency is 28,800 vph, while the power reserve lasts for about 42 hours. As for the functions, it includes three central hands and a date display which is shown in an aperture which sits on the dial at the three o’clock position.
For the strap, Hublot chose a semi-matte black alligator leather strap with black stitching and black rubber inlay for more comfortable wear. It features a clasp made of polished and satin-finished 5 N gold with a deployant buckle in black PVD-coated steel.
A part of the profits from the sale of two limited editions will be given to the House of Mandela foundation and used to fund the project that secures better education for South African children.