Now, this is the watch to own this football season! Wanting a customised watch for the referees, FIFA asked Hublot to conceive the perfect watch to accompany them on the pitches during the matches. It is a unique edition that is limited to 2018 pieces.
Beating to the rhythm of the football, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia immediately shows its distinctive spirit as the personification of an application, specially developed for the competition, with a series of “fan” dials in the colour of each participating nation. Featuring several notifications, the Big Bang Referee announces the start of the match 15 minutes before the kick-off, as well as when a player is given the yellow and/or red cards, player changes and goals. The watch vibrates – displaying the word GOAL – every time a goal is scored. During the match, the dial shows the match statistics including the score, the number of cards, names of goal-scorers, player substitutions and match time.
“The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia offers all the usual features of a smart watch of course, but that’s not where Hublot has applied its innovation and audacity. It brings together everything that inspires the passion of football lovers! The FIFA World Cup is the Holy Grail of emotions for football fans, so just imagine what an object such as a watch that captures each and every one of its moments, its turning points, its stakes could suddenly represent? The football aficionados from among the brand’s friends have been waiting for this watch for a long time,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
For the first time, the referees will be wearing the Big Bang Referee. As well as all the functions available on the 2018 numbered models, the referees’ watches will be connected to goal-line technology, an electronic video assistance system for refereeing which follows all the trajectories of the ball and determines for certain if the ball did or did not entirely cross the goal line. On the pitch, the watchmaker will be ever present in the game as always, by sequencing time, changes and extra time to the rhythm of its Big Bang-shaped referee boards.