And yet there is a “football” replica watch. And we are not talking about a model simply inspired by the soccer world, the colors of a team or a ball painted on the dial. The EURO clock, or, like its full name, replica HUBLOT Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO 2020, is designed according to the specifications of the sport, measures specific racing times, it is addressed to professionals in the field and also to the amateurs- the ball. And of course, apart from his particular technical side, he is also a very nice, macho chronograph.
Replica Hublot was the first high-end watchmaker to invest in football. It was in 2008 when the Swiss brand was originally a sponsor of the Swiss National Team and then the Official Timer of UEFA EURO 2008. Since then, she has demonstrated her love for the sport in many ways. Of course, let’s not laugh, this love has not only pure motivation. Behind Hublot’s whole venture, LVMH Chiefs Chief of Staff, Jean-Claude Biver, is chairing her chair. Exceptional manager and prominent marketeer, this great modern form of the world of watchmaking has simply thought that football is an excellent source of “potential customers,” so he turned the brand there. In 2008, Hublot became Manchester United’s official timer, and in 2010 he took on this important role in the FIFA World Championship in South Africa in 2014 in Brazil and will be present at the next Worldtick in 2018 in Russia. From 2015 (until 2018 on the basis of a contract) Hublot is the official timer partner of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, as well as the World Women’s Championship in Canada. At the same time, he has worked closely with world-class giant teams: AFC Ajax, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and recently Chelsea. And this year, of course, is at the 15th Euro, the UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
The official clock of this year’s event is the Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO 2016. It is a limited edition of 100 pieces in the colors of the host country (blue, red and white), with a 45 mm frame of polished black ceramics. It has a ceramic crown with titanium screws, a crown and rubber and titanium buttons and inside it hides the automatic Manufacturing Chronograph UNICO HUB1261 with column wheel, 72 hours energy autonomy and a double retrograde indication of the time of a football match.
Here is the most interesting piece of the clock. It is a chronograph with two retrograde central indices, minutes and seconds, which move on an arc from 10 to 2, and the timing of the two half-45 minutes of a race as well as the delays or any extra extra time required. By pressing the button at 2 the mechanism is activated and moves the second marker, which as soon as it reaches 60 returns instantly to 0 and resumes counting. A window at the center of the dial shows the current period of the match (1 – first half / 1/2 break / 2 – second half, END – end of the match). As for the classic indication of the time, it appears on a small dial at 6. The sturdy alligator leather strap also follows the colors of the French flag blue with red and white stitches.