The “Hublot Loves Football” World Tour stops in China
for the presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Official Watch
Marcello Lippi, Head Coach of Guangzhou Evergrande FC,
to become new Hublot Ambassador !
May 24, 2014, Beijing China - Another stop for the “Hublot Loves Football” international campaign, today at iRena, Beijing Worker’s Stadium !
This is an important day for Hublot in China - with the presence of Hublot Chairman Jean- Claude Biver and Marcello Lippi, Head Coach of the Guangzhou Evergrande FC (of which Hublot is Official Timekeeper since 2013) – to mark the Chinese debut of Hublot’s artistic exhibition « Hublot Loves Football » with the unveiling of the “Official Watch” of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
The perfect occasion to announce Marcello Lippi as new ambassador of the brand ! A keen watch enthusiast, Mr Lippi joins the Hublot family alongside the Brazilian living legend Pelé, the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt, US basketball star Kobe Bryant, and the most famous football coaches José Mourinho, Roy Hodgson, and Luiz Felipe Scolari to name just a few. Mr. Lippi said: “I am very honored to join Hublot global family. Mr. Biver and Hublot’s passion and dedication in football are truly admirable. I am also pleased that Guangzhou Evergrande has represented China’s top club and participated ‘Hublot Loves Football’ project.
We are all working together toward a common goal.
I look forward that our cooperation will inspire new breakthrough.”
Hublot Chairman Mr. Jean-Claude Biver added: "The fusion between Hublot and football has driven unprecedented passion throughout our collaborations
with global events, top clubs and superstars.
Today I am thrilled to welcome the living legend coach Marcello Lippi in our family.
At the same time, we also focus our interest and support to the development of Chinese football industry.
Under Lippi’s coaching, Guangzhou Evergrande is making history for China. The spirit of innovation is very much the shared value between us.
We are planning to roll out further cooperation with Guangzhou Evergrande and support the new energy to the Chinese football. ”
Marcello Lippi, Commendatore OMRI; is a World Cup-winning football manager. As a manager, he also won five Serie A titles, two Chinese Super League titles, one Coppa Italia, one Chinese FA Cup, four Italian Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, one AFC Champions League, one UEFA Supercup and one Intercontinental Cup.
He was named World's best football manager by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) both in 1996 and 1998, and world's best National coach in 2006.
He is the only coach to have won the most prestigious international competitions both for clubs in different continents, and for national teams (the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup in 1996 with Juventus;
the AFC Champions League in 2013 with Guangzhou; and the FIFA World Cup in 2006 with Italy).
In 2007, The Times included him on its list of the top 50 managers of all time.
As the world's first high-end luxury brand pioneering in collaboration with football in 2006, Hublot has since then worked in close collaboration with FIFA, appointed Official Timekeeper & Official Watch of the FIFA World Cup™. The countdown has already started in Brazil, visible to all on the giant Hublot clocks designed by the celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and installed on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo.
Also Official Watch of European Football Championship, Hublot works very closely with the most prestigious clubs including Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club in China, Bayern Munich in Germany, Paris Saint-Germain in France, Juventus Turin in Italy, Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The Official Watch of the World Cup is a Hublot Big Bang
Although its official name is the "Hublot Big Bang Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™", the watch has already earned internationally the name "Soccer Bang".
It is the first Hublot timepiece ever produced with a bi-retrograde function along with a central chronograph. The mechanical Manufacture UNICO movement, entirely adapted for soccer fans, allows for the watch to be used to time each half of a game and even can track overtime.
It is available in two versions: an 18K King Gold version limited to just 100 pieces, and a black ceramic version limited to 200 numbered pieces. Both carry the official FIFA logo on the transparent sapphire crystal back. Each watch comes in a unique football-shaped Art sculpture that has been constructed by famous Brazilian artist Romero Britto.
Adding a special artistic touch to the limited edition timepieces is what the Hublot brand is all about- celebrating the Art of Fusion!
About “Hublot Loves Football campaign”
Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club, Juventus of Turin, Pelé, José Mourinho, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Falcao, Roy Hodgson… living legends of football who have chosen Hublot, not only to be ambassadors and friends of the brand, but also to work together on a variety of projects and charities.
To mark the forthcoming FIFA World Cup™, the Swiss luxury watch brand invites us to discover them in a new, and different way. The result is 12 exceptional Art portraits which reveal them as they've never been seen before. All of the images tell a story by capturing moments of closeness between the ambassador and the Hublot team: Each photo bears Hublot's symbol for the FIFA World Cup: a football painted and decorated by the renowned artist Romero Britto. This ball links all those involved in the project with the official watches of the FIFA World Cup™. This is another example of the brand’s love and support of the sport and how even this drives innovation.
Hublot is Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World
and will be notably visible on the referee's board throughout all the
About Hublot : "Hublot? A different way to progress". So say those in the know about this unique Swiss watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, a meteoric rise initiated and developed by Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot's Chairman, along with Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO, who are responsible for turning this brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion and Manufacture Pieces represent the symbols of a constantly developing tradition.
From watch complications to the research and manufacture of new materials, to worldwide collaborations such as the FIFA World Cup™ and Ferrari, Hublot represents the "Art of Fusion" between watchmaking culture and cutting edge technical developments, and between the past and future. Finally, on a commercial level, the network of boutiques and approved retailers has grown rapidly in just a few years, and currently stands at 750 points of sale and almost 70 exclusive boutiques in the most prestigious locations (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ginza, London, Geneva, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Paris, Moscow, New York, Miami, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Singapore …).