Hublot’s Limited Edition FIFA World Cup 2014 Watch

Football fans, and those avidly waiting for the FIFA World Cup 2014 to kick of in southendttp this year, will like this Hublot watch.

Launched by Hublot – the official time keeper for the FIFA World Cup 2014 – the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono (the official watch for the 2014 World Cup, of course!) is the first watch by the brand with a bi-retrograde function alongside a chronograph.

Designed to keep the time for a football match, the hour and minute hands travel from left to right in a circular arch of 45 minutes (or one half of a football match) before zipping back to the 0 mark again. The 1:1 replica watches also allows you to measure added time periods of 15 minutes up to 60 minutes, which makes tracking extra time that much easier.

The function can be started, stopped, or reset via two buttons on either side of the crown, while the button on 2 o’clock position will also track match stage, ie, first half, second half or half time through a display under the 12 o’clock position. (Yes, Hublot has thought of everything; the brand says it took 18 months of R&D to develop the bi-retrograde movement.)

Hublot Launches New iPhone App and Contest

Today Hublot is launching a new iPhone application, available free in the Apple App Store. The application allows users to discover the complete Hublot 2014 collection and also offers a several entertaining, original – and in one case even sensitive – experiences which are guaranteed to surprise. The app includes an online game and a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to a Manchester United match in the Stadium of Light.

Hublot’s new app is designed for both the iPhone and iPod Touch. It lets you explore the entire Hublot 2014 collection (over 230 models), including the latest new additions. You won’t view simple flat images because the app lets you manipulate the images, allowing you to view the site from every angle, and even make them operate.

You can also “try on” 60 of Hublot’s top models – take a photo of your wrist and view it adorned with the model of your choice, scaled to fit your wrist as if you were actually wearing it.

Another unique feature: choose your Hublot watch by the sound of its materials. Select a sound, a color… and your southendttp replica watch appears. The result is always surprising, and no two are ever the same.

And finally, the game! Test your ability in an online competition for a chance to win 2 VIP places in the Stadium of Light for a Man U match of your choosing (subject to availability, of course), as guests of Manchester United and the team’s official timekeeper, Hublot. Hublot will also cover two night accommodation for two guests at one of the Man U leading hotels.

Hublot Opens on Madison Avenue, and D-Wade Joins the Family

It’s only Wednesday and it has already been a busy week for Hublot watches. The brand’s new boutique at 692 Madison Ave. in Manhattan is open for business, and Dwayne Wade has joined the brand as an ambassador. The boutique sports a prestigious address, as the premises are part of a historic Madison house dating from the 19th Century, situated in a block encompassing grand luxury houses.

The boutique occupies nearly 300 square meters, including a mezzanine with a confidential salon lounge. The space, designed by noted architect Peter Marino, compliments Hublot’s Paris Place Vendôme boutique, fusing materials such as bronze, natural buckskin and ebony to create a warm atmosphere.

Hublot is already present in the United States, with two boutiques in Miami – at Bal Harbour and Boca Raton. New boutiques will open soon in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas.

Now that you know where to buy them, you also need to know that D-Wade is wearing them. Hublot has signed a partnership agreement with the NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist, seven-time NBA All-Star who also raises funds for children’s charities. Wade joins the select group of Hublot ambassadors: Jet Li in martial arts and cinema, Diego Maradona and Manchester United in football, Maria Riesch, Bode Miller and Dario Cologna in skiing, Ayrton Senna’s family in Formula 1, and Facundo Pieres in polo.

“I am honored to join the esteemed list of Hublot ambassadors, an international collection of the best in sports,” said Wade. “Hublot and I share a common commitment to excellence, which I strive for on the court, and they express on countless wrists of the world’s most fashionable.”

“When I first met Dwyane, I was in awe of the energy and drive he exuded, not just because of his incredible presence and performance on the court, but also in the way he spoke of the Wade’s World Foundation and the goals he nurtures for supporting community-based organizations, promoting education, health and social skills for kids in at-risk situations. It’s when people reach beyond what a special talent helps them achieve that their true character is revealed. I’m particularly proud our paths met and it’s an honor to team up with Dwyane,” says Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot. “Working with Dwyane and his foundation also comes naturally to Hublot because we’re already partners with Bode Miller and his Turtle Ridge Foundation, with the Instituto Ayrton Senna as well as Unicef and the Manchester United Foundation. After all, sharing a passion for time is also about making time count,” Biver adds.