At our recent interview with Mr Jean-Claude Biver – former Head of the Watch Division at LVMH and until recently spearheading Hublot – he expressed a genuine passion and interest in the endangered rhinoceroses. This was both on and off camera for what it’s worth. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and certainly go watch the interview (both parts) right here.
Now why do I say this? That is because Hublot just released a new collaborative effort with Sorai. The mission is a noble one indeed: “Hublot has committed to a partnership with Kevin Pietersen and SORAI – Save Our Rhino Africa India – to conserve rhinoceroses threatened with extinction”.
“This commitment takes the form of the Big Bang Unico SORAI, from which a large proportion of the funds raised from sales will be directly paid to Care for Wild for the care and conservation of orphaned baby rhinoceroses, and to the South African National Parks agency to reinforce their nocturnal surveillance capabilities using airborne thermal intelligence tools.”
The Big Bang released for the occasion is very much in theme for the collaboration I must say. The 45-mm ceramic dial has those sandy tones of the African bush. The subdial features the image of a white rhinoceros.
The camouflage bracelet is of course also very much on point. This timepiece will be released as a special edition of 100 models.
Case: Microblasted beige ceramic
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Movement: HUB1242 – UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograp Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More]: 72 Hours
No.of Components: 330
JewelsJewels Watch jewels are small, synthetic sapphire or ruby bearings that are used in mechanical watches to reduce friction and wear on moving parts. They are typically made from corundum. They are used as bearings for a.o. the pivots to reduce friction. [Learn More]: 38
Price: 24’100 USD