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Hublot and Depeche Mode team up to support Charity: Water

by amitdevhanda

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Water Shortage is a global resource problem that we should all work at making available for everybody on the planet.  On March 18th it was announced by Luxury watch manufacture Hublot and really cool British Band Depeche Mode  will be working together in partnership to support Charity Water.

Charity:Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Depeche Mode is one of my favorite bands New Wave electronic of all time and this is the second time they are teaming up with Hublot to do something charitable for a great cause. This unique initiative is part of the Depeche Mode 2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour. As Charity Partner, Hublot has designed a watch especially for this history-making collaboration: the Limited Edition Big Bang Depeche Mode.

Even more important, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch will go directly to charity: water. The Big Bang Depeche Mode will be launched with an international advertising campaign to coincide with the band’s 2013 summer European tour.

According to Depeche Modes Martin Gore :”I have personally been a supporter and advocate of charity: water for a while now, so I’m thrilled that we as a band can expand our support for the organization and help to make significant difference in places around the world struggling without a proper supply of drinking water.”

Hublot worldwide CEO and legend Jean Claude Biver added “:No Water, no Life! Water is life and water should be available to everybody. Nobody should suffer from a lack of water. That’s why we try to help to share water. Sharing water means sharing life and sharing love.”

Scott Harrison of Charity Water  concluded: “charity: water is honored to build a multi-faceted partnership with Hublot and Depeche Mode over the next year. The support of these two amazing partners will help bring clean, safe drinking water to thousands of people in developing countries while driving awareness about the water issue on a global scale.”

Please watch this video to learn more

Technical Details for Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode
Reference 311.CI.1170.VR.DPM13 – Limited series of just 250 numbered watches
Case “Big Bang” – Diameter 44 mm, made from micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel “Clous Pyramide” decoration, made from black ceramic
6 black PVD titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin
Case-back Open, sapphire crystal and black ceramic “Depeche Mode” and “Charity: Water” logo transfers
Crown Black PVD steel with black rubber insert
Water resistance 10 ATM, or approximately 100 metres
Dial Openworked, micro-blasted black skeleton
Applique indexes in the form of Clous Pyramide decoration, micro-blasted ruthenium
Hands Faceted and polished with black nickel coating, plus black SuperLuminova™
Movement HUB4214 Automatic mechanical Aerobang chronograph
Components 257 (Jewels: 27, Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour)
Date Rectangular window at 4.30
Power reserve Approx. 42 hours
Bracelet Heat moulded calfskin strap with Clous Pyramide shaped polymer resin injection
Sewn onto black rubber with black stitching
Clasp Microblasted black PVD steel deployant buckle

Kobe Bryant is the new brand ambassador of Hublot

by amitdevhanda

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Hublot Brand President, Ricardo Guadalupe and NBA Legend Kobe Bryant

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Limited edition King Power Black Mamba

Yesterday, March 20, 2013, Luxury watch manufacturer Hublot had a charity event at the very cool boutique London Hotel in West Hollywood CA.

This event also marked a very historic occasion for Hublot as they named their newest brand ambassador, NBA Legend Kobe Bryant. This event shot off when Hublot Brand President, Ricardo Guadalupe presented Bryant with the Limited Edition King Power Black Mamba. This watch is limited to 250 pieces. This was followed up by an exciting basketball shoot-off with two children from After-School All Stars Los Angeles, a charitable beneficiary of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. Taking shots from a makeshift basketball court constructed over the hotel’s rooftop pool, the playful contest raised $30,000 for the program. Guadalupe presented the check to the Bryants and After-School All Stars as the crowd cheered.

Hublot became the official timekeeper of the LA Lakers in January and this new partnership with Kobe Bryant further strengthens the relationship and awareness of both brands on a Global level.

Technical Information: Hublot King Power Black Mamba
Reference 748.CI.1119.PR.KOB13 – Limited Edition of 250 Pieces

The case, done in King Power micro-blasted black ceramic, measures 48mm. The bezel is ceramic and titanium, with titanium screws. The lugs are composite resin. The crystal is an AR-coated sapphire as is the display back, with Kobe Bryant signature. It is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Hublot in-house caliber HUB4248 with 28 jewels, 28,600 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours. It features a chronograph complication.

The strap is python snake sewed on black rubber with PVD titanium and ceramic deployant buckle.

Should I shop online to buy a luxury watch?

by amitdevhanda

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I have been asked many times in the last few years by collectors and the watch buying community “Should I shop online to buy a luxury watch” ?  I finally want to break this question down and address it because I think it’s very important.

The internet is one of the most amazing resources we have today. I buy things online all the time like coffee, books, certain clothing items like socks, some electronics and day-to-day stuff that makes my life easier. When buying the bigger stuff, like cars or watches I tend to be more cautious. I think online is a great place to get information and educate yourself on buying a timepiece, but actually buying online? I don’t recommend this at all.  Let me tell you why.

Most of the time when buying online, you are buying from what’s called a grey market dealer. These are online places where they have brand new watches that have been discontinued  or current watches, but they are not authorized to sell them from the manufacturers.  As a result, you the consumer might save money but will not get a manufacturers warranty.  You will get all sorts of warranty enticements from the grey market dealer, like free batter changes for life or free services or free bracelet adjustments but the bottom line is you really don’t know what they are doing to your watch.  We all want to save money, but you have to be smart, if the deal sounds too good, it normally is. By saving yourself money in the short-term, you are potentially creating a future of problems to come.

For instance, if you choose to ever sell your watch for any reason, because it doesn’t have an original manufacturers warranty and has another party’s warranty, this makes it a lot more difficult to sell to another potential buyer. Also, should you choose to send it back to the original manufacturer for repair, you run the risk of the watch being confiscated or the manufacturer not being able to work on it because it’s already been tampered with by another party. If the manufacturer should choose to work on it, they could potentially charge you a lot more money to fix it then it’s even worth.

When most people buy a watch online, they are purely looking to save money. They don’t care about anything else. This is a very short sided approach to spending thousands of dollars for a luxury item. At the end of the day, you have the choice to do what’s best for you, but please do your research and buy from a reputable place. At least buy a product that you get a manufacturers warranty from. Please don’t get me wrong, there are times when you are going in knowing all the facts and you have made an informed decision which you can live with.  On the other hand,  if you are new to the online luxury watch market place, I hope this article helps to inspire you to take a moment to ask all the pertinent questions before you make this sort of investment.

Hublot F1 King Power Austin: The video

by amitdevhanda

For all you Formula One racing fans and Hublot watch enthusiasts you are going to want to watch this video!