After football, American basketball, and recently cricket in India and Australia, Hublot has signed with the World Poker Tour to become Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the international poker circuit. To mark the announcement of Hublot’s entry into the world of poker, the brand has developed a limited-edition Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour with a design that suitably encapsulates the poker world. The watch chosen to entice the players was the iconic Big Bang, equipped with the in-house UNICO Manufacture Chronograph.
The calibre is unique in the industry for its column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side.
The new detail – which gives this watch its resolutely “poker” character – is a bezel made of 18-carat King Gold or steel that features an interplay of two different treatments, polishing and micro-blasting, which in particular showcase a heart, spade, club and diamond, the distinctive and universal symbols of card players.
The UNICO Chrono calibre is revealed thanks to a skeleton dial featuring the voluminous indexes and Arabic numerals, hollowed out and filled with red SuperLuminova. Two counters encircled by polished silver-plated rings, the first displaying the minutes at 3 o’clock and the second showing the small seconds at 9 o’clock, along with the date window located at 3 o’clock, complete the overall effect. The sapphire crystal of the case-back also bears the symbol of the World Poker Tour in transfer form.
This 45.5 mm diameter Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour is available in two versions: a limited edition of only 100 numbered pieces in 18-carat King Gold (Hublot 18-carat gold with an extra 5% platinum which gives it an even more intense red colour, thereby making it even more precious), and a more impact resistant steel edition, of 200 numbered pieces.
Each watch is equipped with the Hublot Easy One Click system which allows the wearer to switch easily between the three straps that come with the watch. All are made of alligator stitched onto rubber, and come in black, red and above all gold or silver treated, which confers upon the watch a very… “poker”-look.