Hublot has further deepened its cooperation with its ambassador, Usain Bolt, by launching the first watch that is specially dedicated to the fastest man in the world. It is a pretty standard king Power Chronograph that has been a part of the collection of the watchmaker for some time, and it includes all the usual features. Things that differentiate this new limited series, dedicated to the Jamaican sprinter, from the other models in the series, are numerous tributes and references to Bolt. An example of such intentions is the use of straps that the manufacturer claims were made from the exactly the same type of leather as the running shoes that this athlete used in the Olympic Games in Beijing where he won three gold medals and achieved the same number of world records in the process.
The watch dedicated to Usain “Lightining” Bolt comes in the year when the sprinter celebrates 25 years of age and in expectation of the following Olympic Games that will be held in London where Bolt will try to defend his medals and to possibly achieve more world record times. The watch comes in the limited series of 250 pieces, and as the chairman of Hublot, Jean-Claude Biver, commented, it is made not only for the currently fastest man on the planet, but for “the fastest since the Big Bang”.
Apart from the dubious inclusion of the same synthetic leather as Bolt’s lucky running shoes (stitched onto black rubber for the enhanced comfort of the wearer, in the watchmaker’s recognizable practice), the firm from Geneva intended to incorporate more traits that would be characteristic and associated with the famous athlete. One of the examples is the inclusion of Bolt’s silhouette, in the recognizable pose that he uses to celebrate the victories and records, which sits on the left part of the dial, in the small seconds counter. Other tributes are the touches of green color on the face, which is a nod to Bolt’s native country, Jamaica, as well as the overall choice of colors, with predominantly black and gold tones which the sprinter tends to use.
The limited edition timepiece (each watch is individually numbered in order to mark its place in the series) is made with a King Power case, constructed from black micro-blasted ceramic. The housing of the watch is quite large and has the diameter of 48 mm. Ceramic in black color is also the material that was used to make the stationary bezel of the timepiece. The bezel is fixed with six black relief titanium screws which are constructed in the shape of the letter H and treated with black PVD coating. The back of the case is made from the combination of micro-blasted ceramic and sapphire that also displays the athlete’s silhouette. On the other hand, lugs are made from composite resin, while the crown and pushers are from titanium with black PVD coating and with rubber inserts for protection. The overall water resistance that is supported in this Hublot timepiece with double glare-proof sapphire crystal at the front side is 100 meters below the surface.
Black and Gold, Powered by an Automatic Chronograph Movement
The driving force of Hublot King Power Usain Bolt Limited Edition timepiece (with the reference number 703.CI.1129.NR.USB12) is its mechanical self-winding chronograph Calibre HUB4100, constructed from 252 components. The movement with the automatic winding has a Glucydur hairspring, 27 jewels and guarantees a power reserve that lasts about 42 hours.
The dial of the Hublot watch that was made for the fastest man in the world is executed with matt black color, and decorated with a satin-finished flange that includes 2N gold coating. Hublot designed the dial with a lot of attention to details, which can be seen from the fact that its indexes are made with satin finishes and nickel coatings, and then treated with black Superluminova material to enhance the visibility in the dark. The same kind of treatment was used during the construction of the watch’s hands, while the final touches are the sprinter’s silhouette in meteor grey color and the company’s logo made in 2N gold. Apart from the chronograph complication, the timepiece also includes a date display which sits between four and five o’clock positions.
As it has been explained, the attachment of Hublot King Power Usain Bolt chronograph utilizes the attachment that is made from the combination of rubber and synthetic gold leather. The strap fastens with a King Power folding buckle, made from titanium treated with black micro-blasted PVD coating. All in all, this is a pretty successful timepiece that does not include any revolutionary traits, but will be especially interesting to all the numerous fans of the sportsman. Apart from this aspect of the product, it is still a quality constructed mechanical automatic chronograph, presented in the package with durable and modern materials, and designed in the recognizable Hublot manner.