Writer: Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo
On Tuesday, May 30th 2017 Hublot held a special VIP invitation only champagne reception at the Fifth Avenue Boutique in New York City to reveal the new watch with their brand ambassador Nacho Figueras. Nacho is a well-known Argentinian Polo Player as well as Ralph Lauren Model. The intimate event served as the official kick-off party of the timekeeper and scoreboard sponsor for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held on Saturday June 3rd.
Invitees of the intimate cocktail reception included selected members of the media as well as friends of both brands. They were invited to view the new timepiece, Classic Fusion Veuve Clicquot, and mingle over a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne. The watch was unveiled by Jean-François Sberro, Managing Director, Hublot of America, alongside famed Argentinian polo player and captain of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Team, Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras. Later in the evening, Jean-François presented with Nacho the timepiece, and wished him luck in the forthcoming match scheduled over the weekend. Guests continued celebrating over hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Nacho’s wife, Delfina Blaquier was in attendance as well and looked lovely as usual.
On Saturday, June 3rd the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic celebrated its 10th anniversary by returning to Liberty State Park for an afternoon of polo, picnicking, and champagne hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, all in Hublot time! Hublot served as the official timekeeper and scoreboard sponsor for the match, and Nacho Figueras wore the collaboration watch. Hublot’s brand presence extends to the Rosé Garden where vitrines of Hublot timepieces were on display. The Rosé Garden was an intimate and exclusive experience with glamourous lounge décor and a prime view of the game, drawing a star-studded list of celebrities and socialites on the “green carpet.” The day ended with a special performance by 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism, Alicia Keys to close the rite of the season.
Nacho Figueras, Captain, Veuve Clicquot Polo Team, noted, “It has been an honor to be a part of this amazing Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic event since the very beginning. My passion has always been to make polo a more mainstream and accessible sport and it is great to have the support of partners like Hublot to help bring new offerings to the experience. The 10th anniversary celebration will be one to remember!”
Jean-François Sberro, Managing Director, Hublot of America, commented, “We are thrilled to announce our limited-edition watch in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot, and our partnership with yet another prestigious polo tournament, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic for their 10th anniversary celebration. Veuve Clicquot defines their brand by being ‘modern and audacious,’ while living up to their motto of being the finest in quality. This philosophy resonated with us at Hublot as we strive to be a trailblazer in the watch industry; always evolving to be at the forefront of new concepts and technology. Our shared attributes, along with Hublot’s love for the sport, made this partnership feel like a natural connection.”
Vanessa Kay, Senior Vice President, Veuve Clicquot, shared, “The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic always turns out an exciting display of fashion and style, so a partnership with a brand like Hublot really encapsulates the spirit of the event. We wanted to create something unique to celebrate and commemorate the 10th anniversary, and what better way to remember a special moment in time than a watch.”
Hublot has a long-standing history of supporting polo across the world, including Polo Gold Cup Gstaad, Ascona, which for four years served as Headline Sponsor and Official Timekeeper, Sotogrande Polo Tournament, Cortina Winter Polo Cup, and more. The brand’s continued partnership with this elite equestrian event is the perfect synthesis between sport and tradition, reinforcing Hublot’s Art of Fusion creative concept.
Retailing at $17,700, the Classic Fusion Veuve Clicquot will be available at the Hublot Fifth Avenue Boutique in New York City (743 Fifth Avenue at E. 58th Street), with a limited run of ten pieces.
CLASSIC FUSION VEUVE CLICQUOT
Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION N°XX/10
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.40 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Case: Satin-finished and polished black ceramic
Bezel: Satin-finished and polished black ceramic
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Polished black ceramic with HUBLOT logo
Pushers: Polished black ceramic
Case back: Polished black ceramic engraved "SPECIAL EDITION" + “N°XX/10”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + "VCP17" logo
Dial: Sapphire dial
Polished rhodium plated appliques
Hands: Polished rhodium plated hands
Polished rhodium-plated and orange lacquered chronograph second hand
Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB1155
Type: Self-winding Chronograph movement
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.9 mm
Date: Window at 6.00
No of Components: 207
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours
Strap: Black rubber and orange alligator with black stitching
2d strap: Black rubber and black alligator with orange stitching
Buckle: Black PVD stainless steel deployant buckle clasp
Hublot, meaning, “A different way to progress,” say those who know this unique Swiss luxury watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream initiated and developed by Hublot’s Chairman Jean-Claude Biver with CEO Ricardo Guadalupe when they took control of the brand in 2004. These two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, Classic Fusion, and MP Manufacture Pieces Collection represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition.
From in-house watch complications, including award-winning minute repeaters and tourbillons, to revolutionary materials such as patented and scratch resistant Magic Gold, colored Texalium carbon fiber, and transparent and colored sapphire cases to world class collaborations such as Ferrari, FIFA™ World Cup, and Italia Independent, Hublot characterizes itself through the “Art of Fusion” philosophy, bringing tradition into the future.
ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT
Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit www.veuveclicquot.tumblr.com.
Hublot Managing Director Jean-François Sberro with Brand Ambassador Nacho Figueras.