When Hublot's ebullient Jean-Claude Biver stepped onto the deck of one of Ernesto Bertarelli's super-yachts to promote the latest Hublot/Alinghi timepiece last week, he must surely have done so with a little swagger. Although it has been 3 years since Hublot nipped-in and wooed Alinghi, from their previous timekeeping partner, Audemars Piguet, no watch brand could fail to appreciate the marketing worth of this alliance - Team Alinghi are such a successful symbol of "Swiss-ness" at the pinnacle of global sailing events that they remain the perfect showcase for Hublot's collections.
Last summer Hublot unveiled their Oceanographic 4000, a watch capable of surviving depths of 4000m without imploding. The Hublot King Power Alinghi 4000 more or less replicates the model with the addition of the coveted Alinghi colours. Think that perhaps a 4000m dive watch is a bit drastic for the deck? This is Hublot and mild or moderate simply will not do.
Everything about this watch is substantial. Measuring 48mm across, it has carbon fibre a-plenty on the bezel and on the case. On the case side are two screw-down crowns. At 2 o’clock is a unidirectional crown to set the dive time protected by a mighty oversized guard. The other crown at 4 o’clock is used for winding and setting the date and the time. Both are perfectly positioned for ease of use. The Alinghi colours and logo are eye-catching and enliven the dial. Inside is the automatic HUB 1401 calibre with a power reserve of 42 hours.
The Hublot King Power Alinghi 4000 Carbon Fibre watch will be a limited edition of just 100 pieces.
Last year's Hublot Oceanographic 4000
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