Hublot is the official timekeeping sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, so, of course, it has developed a special edition watch for the football tournament.
Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will represent the “very first competition in which the referees are supported by video assistance” on their wrists, according to Hublot. Referees can connect their watch to the Goal Line Technology used by FIFA to determine if an in-play ball fully crossed the goal line.
It sports a 400×400 AMOLED display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z34XX, 512MB of RAM, a 410mAh battery, NFC, GPS, as well as the usual bevy of sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, and tilt detector). Water resistance comes in at 5 ATM, or 50m deep. Hublot says the battery will last a very ambitious one day, and the charger is said to be of the standard contact variety.
Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is a unique smartwatch, which is why the manufacturer decided to release only limited edition – there will be exactly 2018 copies, each priced at $5,200.
Of course, you’ll pay this price for the wide assortment of World Cup-themed software Hublot has added. The watch will use goal-line technology, which is described as “an electronic video assistance system for refereeing which follows all the trajectories of the ball and determines for certain if the ball did or did not entirely cross the goal line.”
he watch will be stacked with a number of features for super fans as well. Fans can choose between “fan dials” that represent the colors of each participating nation for their home screen and the watch will push them notifications about the games they’re interested in.
Fans wearing the watch can expect alerts about matches 15 minutes before kickoff, as-well-as in-game notifications about yellow and red cards, player changes and goals. When a goal is scored, the watch will vibrate and display the word GOAL on the screen. In between notifications, the screen will display game statistics such as score, number of cards, names of goal-scorers, player substitutions and match time.