Hublot and Paris Saint-Germain, the world-renowned French Football Club, debuted the Official Watch of Paris Saint-Germain, Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain, in celebration of the team’s North America summer tour. Hot on the heels of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, where Hublot served as the Official Timekeeper, this partnership and timepiece are another example of Hublot’s love for global “football” and ongoing support of the “Hublot Loves Football” campaign launched during FIFA World Cup Brazil™ last summer.
Hublot’s U.S. Managing Director, Jean-Francois Sberro, hosted an exclusive cocktail event with the team at a private rooftop garden atop the historic Rockefeller Center to launch the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain timepiece. Star players in attendance included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Silva, as well as Kevin Trapp who officially joined the Parisian Club last week.
The night celebrated French culture, including music by French DJ, Olivier Meiji, and a live art demonstration by French artist, JonOne. As a surprise to guests, Paris Saint-Germain players also tried their hand at painting, creating a one-of-a-kind painting on a large canvas with the help of the artist. The painting will be auctioned off later this season to benefit the team’s charitable foundation, Fondation Paris Saint-Germain. To top it off, guests enjoyed desserts made by the team with cult pastry chef, Dominique Ansel.
The timepiece unveiling was hosted by former New York Giants’ Quarterback and Friend of Hublot, Jesse Palmer, and included VIP attendees, including New York Giants’ star Victor Cruz, New York Knicks’ basketball player Lance Thomas, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ champion Kelley O’Hara, and LVMH USA CEO, Pauline Brown.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, noted, “Hublot is thrilled to welcome the Paris Saint-Germain team to New York City as we show our support for this great team through our dedication to the sport of football. Our brand has an exciting history with Paris Saint-Germain, and here tonight, we continue to celebrate ‘Hublot Loves Football’ and the Art of Fusion by blending together different aspects of the French culture through sports, art, music and food.”
The Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain – Hublot’s second timepiece with the French football champion – is limited to 100 pieces and features a 45.5mm titanium case with a sapphire anti-reflective treatment and the Paris Saint-Germain logo printed on the case back glass. Inspired by the iconic team colors, embellishments of red, white and blue are reflected throughout the dial, hands and strap. Manufactured with Hublot’s in-house UNICO self-winding bi-retrograde movement and designed to time two halves of a soccer match, the sleek and sporty timepiece will be available exclusively at Hublot boutiques around the world.
As the first luxury watch brand to become involved with European football in 2006, Hublot has since built a strong presence in the world of football. Hublot’s relationship with the French Club began in 2013 when it became the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the team and introduced the first timepiece known as the King Power Paris Saint-Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain recently launched a new campaign, “Paris Loves US,” to support its North America tour during the International Champions Cup – demonstrating how keen it is to pursue development on the continent. Throughout the team’s 18 days in North America they will travel from New York City to Charlotte, Chicago, and Montreal to play matches against some of Europe’s top clubs. Paris Saint-Germain also launched a dedicated website for their North America Tour, allowing fans across the world to follow along the team’s journey and celebrate “Paris Loves US.”