Hublot unveils limited edition Bitcoin watch

Elizabeth Jenkins-Smalley

Elizabeth Jenkins-Smalley

Editor In Chief at The Executive Magazine

The Executive Magazine met with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe at the Hong Kong launch party to take a look at the limited edition Big Bang Meca-10 P2P watch.

In true Hublot style, the launch party for the brand new limited edition time piece was nothing short of spectacular. Hosted by OSL, the rooftop event captivated guests with interactive technology and demonstrations of Hublot’s Bitcoin payment facility.

Available for purchase exclusively online through Bitcoins, this interesting timepiece will feature the transaction number engraved on the edge of the bezel, making each piece completely unique.

With innovative design that’s become customary with the Big Bang collection, the P2P watch has a 45mm case made from microblasted black ceramic. The ceramic is a high-tech material of zirconium dioxide pressed at an ultra-high temperature.

The exterior houses a HUB1201 manufacture calibre, a skeleton movement that offers an exceptional 10-day power reserve; chosen to mark the number of years that Bitcoin has existed.

The Big Bang Meca-10 P2P is a limited edition of 210 timepieces, a reference to the global limit of Bitcoins, which is fixed at 21 million.

Another reference to cryptocurrency can be found in the Blockchain inspired design: the interconnection network of computers on which virtual money works; and on the blue calfskin leather strap which is lined with black rubber.

“This is the kind of dynamism and innovation that our partners in Asia delight in,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.

He added: “It is a visionary approach that fully corresponds to Hublot’s vision.”

Bitcoin was created only just ten years ago in November 2008. This famous cryptocurrency, a virtual asset stored in digital form, was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, a name used by the mysterious person – or persons – whose identity remains a mystery to this day. In any case, the peer-to-peer (P2P) payment system has attracted a large following of users and investors accepting payment for their transactions.

The new timepiece will be sold exclusively via e-commerce and can only be ordered and paid for online. This makes Hublot the first big watchmaking brand to enter this sector.

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