Hublot's new friend of the brand: Pat Cummins
It's the cricket season and Hublot is all out to make the most of it with not just a special watch dedicated to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but also a line of dashing sports stars for endorsements. Joining the league of icons like Michael Clarke and Tim Cahill, Australian cricketer Pat Cummins was introduced as the 'friend of the brand' by Hublot in May.
Representing a new era of Australian sports stars, Cummins was the winner of the 2019 Allan Border Medal (Cricketer of the Year) and is the first Australian bowler to top the ICC Test bowling rankings in 13 years. He joins this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as vice-captain of the team. "I am proud to partner with such a prestigious brand as Hublot, who globally celebrates and supports cricket, an iconic Australian sport. I am honoured to be in the company of international sporting legends that the brand recognises, and shares similar values of being bold and brave," he said.
This announcement closely follows the unveiling of Hublot’s limited edition Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 timepiece, officially cementing Hublot’s position as the official timekeeper and official watch of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
After making waves in 2017 by announcing the arrival of the Maximus that featured the world's largest tourbillon housed in a wristwatch, Kerbedanz, a small watch brand based in Neuchâtel, returns with an updated version of the original timepiece — the Maximus Royal Tourbillon. Featuring a whopping 27mm diameter titanium tourbillon cage, it is a special timepiece that is breaking new grounds.
Conceptualised and designed in-house by the R&D department of Kerbedanz, the development of the titanium tourbillon has pushed the brand to completely rethink and reimagine the construction of a movement, especially the Caliber KRB-08 that is working within. Claiming 73 parts of a total of 415 components of the movement, the huge titanium tourbillon makes one full rotation every six minutes. This has been made possible with the help of using titanium, a material well-known for its lightweight properties. The production of this particular movement has also been made possible with the help of a uniquely-developed balance spring, a rack assembly with a fine-tuning screw and a balance wheel. With a bigger and more complicated complication comes the responsibility of a higher power reserve, hence the energy reserve of the Caliber KRB-08 is produced by four parallel barrels that clock in 54 hours of running autonomy.
Available in a hearty 49mm case, the Maximus Royal Tourbillon is decorated with 463 baguette-cut diamonds and the tourbillon cage at the centre of the dial. While it looks quite unconventional at first, reading time off the dial is rather simple with the black hours and minutes hands stretching out of the cage and pointing to the diamond-encrusted indices at the periphery. Apart from the first 14 pieces available right now, each piece or version of the Kerbedanz Maximus Royal Tourbillon will be made only on special order with an option to use or choose different types of stones and jewels for the case decoration.
Ulysse Nardin, one of the world's most coveted watchmakers of the 20th century, has expanded its Marine Torpilleur military squadron with two new recruits: Khaki and bronze. These two military-inspired 300-piece limited edition timepieces are a testament to the brand's military inspiration and watchmaking know-how. Dynamic curves mark the identity of these newly added models of the Marine Torpilleur Military collection. While originally featuring an off-white "eggshell" dial, the 2019 version inculcates a full black version in black DLC with a black dial and a bronze version with a midnight blue dial.
The black dial version is set appropriately with the subtle touches of khaki on the indices and the khaki "trellis fabric" strap that allows the watch to shine through when worn on the wrist. The bronze version takes inspiration from the metal itself which has been used throughout naval history not just for its ageing properties, but for its robustness and non-magnetic features. And as is the case with bronze, it offers the evolution of a unique relationship between the owner and the timepiece, courtesy of the ageing property of the material. The bronze version features a midnight blue dial with white Arabic numerals and bronze hands.
Both the models house the small seconds counter at 6 o' clock which is decorated with the individual number of the limited edition in a flashy red colour. Additionally, the dial is also engraved with the initials C.W ("Chronometer Watch") which reiterates the brand's history of military chronometers that were strictly developed according to the codes of the armed forces.
With a 44mm case size and the iconic Torpilleur torpedo ship stamped on the caseback, the two new Marine Torpilleur Military recruits make quite a statement when on the wrist. Add to that water resistance up to 50m and a COSC certified Manufacture UN-118 working within, and the Marine Torpilleur Military models will not disappoint.
A wonderful recall to the yesteryear timepieces from Ulysse Nardin, the two new Marine Torpilleur Military editions stay true to their name and make a wonderful mark with their refinement and aesthetic appeal.