When Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke was announced as a Hublot brand ambassador in late November, he joined a select stable of athletes, including Usain Bolt and Pelé, who are already associated with the brand.
Clarke’s appointment coincided with Hublot’s announcement that it would become the International Cricket Council’s timing partner for the 2015 World Cup.
Clarke, pictured top of page with Hublot’s Joel Ruiz, is the first ever Australian ambassador for the brand. The immediate benefit? He’s now wearing a Big Bang Unico King Gold Ceramic model and has a Big Bang Black Magic for day-to-day use.
Watch lovers benefit too, because coinciding with the announcement, Hublot is releasing two limited edition Cricket watches based on the 45m Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph.
Cased either in titanium (limited to 250 pieces, price around $20,000) or gold (limited to 100, price around $40,000) they feature references such as “stumps” at 12 o’clock and cricket bat shaped hands on the subdials. Adding to the effect, red and white leather straps feature stitching in the fashion of a cricket ball, a surprisingly effective touch.