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 reserve: 72 Hours
No.of Components: 330
Price: 24’100 USD