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Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
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LIBERTY BANG

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Hublot Celebrates United States Liberty Medal Award

Philadelphia, PA Hublot, the luxury Swiss brand that brings the "Art of

Fusion" to watchmaking, is proud to partner up with The Constitution Center and the Liberty Medal as to celebrate the values of freedom and liberty that the United States was founded upon.

The Liberty Medal is given every year to honor men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure liberty to people around the globe. Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Stephen Spielberg, 

 

A Limited Edition Liberty Bang

On September 22nd, the honoree received, in additional to the medal, the number 001 watch of the Hublot Liberty Bang limited edition collection of 100 pieces.

This special timepiece is made of a 45 mm black ceramic case and bezel housing an automatic movement. Its black dial features the inspirational words from United States Founding Fathers about The Constitution. The phrases are inscribed through innovative laser technology in the U.S.A. colors of red, white and blue.

It is truly an honor to create said Jean-Claude Biver.  admire, and are inspired by those around us who spend their lives defending 

 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Reference 511.CM.1190.GR.USA11
Special edition USA
Series Limited to 100 pieces
Numbered from No. 01/100 to No. 100/100
Case "Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm
Polished and satin black ceramic
Bezel Satin Black ceramic
Crystal Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Case-back Black ceramic with Hublot engraving
Crown Black ceramic with Hublot logo
Screw Titanium
Water resistance 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres
Dial Black sapphire with text and citations from the American
Constitution and colours of the American flag
Hands Polished, black nickel platted
Movement HUB1112 Automatic, hour, minute, seconds
No. of components 63
Ruby 25
Bridges Satin-finished, bevelled and polished
Screw Black PVD
Oscillating weight Tungsten with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Barrel Reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power reserve Approximately 42 hours
Strap Black Gummy Alligator (alligator skin upper stitched onto black
rubber base)
Clasp Steel black PVD deployant buckle

Who's who

“I’d known Jean-Claude for 20 years. When he took over Hublot, I offered to open a dedicated store in Paris. He came to see the premises. We talked together for barely 45 minutes before reaching an agreement.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Hublot is built on mutual trust, spontaneity – and firm convictions about the projects with the greatest potential. As Lauren Adams would say, “there’s no point discussing what’s already been agreed.” It’s the perfect adage when it comes to the personalities of former Hublot CEO Hublot Jean-Claude Biver and Laurent Picciotto, the founder of Chronopassion. Rather than simply being the story of a brand and its products, Hublot and Chronopassion is above all a story with a strongly personal touch. When Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch with a gold case and a rubber strap in 1980, it was the first time in the history of watchmaking that a precious material, gold, had been used alongside rubber. In the mid-1990s, rubber became prized by many leading watchmaking brands, demonstrating that Hublot’s decision had been the right one. For the brand, rubber was anything but a fad – rather, it embodied its philosophy and became its hallmark. Having headed up Hublot for fifteen years, Carlo Crocco became increasingly busy with work for his MDM Foundation, so he set out to find the right person to take the helm of the watchmaking firm. That was when he met Jean-Claude Biver, who had just left Blancpain. Biver put Hublot back on the road to recovery, becoming head of the company from May 2004 through to 2012. “Our paths crossed in 2006,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “Jean-Claude had already brought the brand right up to date, with lines like Big Bang, Classic Fusion and King Power. This was the beginning of the rebirth of Hublot. He drew plans, diagrams, rebuses and roadmaps for me. When he stepped down from his position as CEO in 2012, I realised that he had had his entire roadmap in mind right from the word go. Not only that, but that he had completed it – ahead of time.” The takeover of BNB Concept proved to be a key turning-point for the brand. The company had been subcontracting for Hublot since 2004, dealing with complication watches, particularly tourbillons. At a time when BNB was struggling financially, Hublot offered to buy out the firm. The brand thereby became a “manufacture”, enabling it to supply haute horlogerie models, notably a large number of tourbillons and Minute Repeaters, as well as more atypical pieces such as the Key of Time. Together, Laurent Picciotto and Jean-Claude Biver forged a partnership rather than a commercial relationship. The two men created a number of custom series and set about laying the foundations of what was to become Hublotista, the community of Hublot owners. At the end of the day, they are still motivated by passion – and guided above all by instinct.

 

Journalist : Olivier Müller

 
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