Inspired by the bright lights of Las Vegas, Hublot replica has released a collection of Sin City-exclusive timepieces.
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot is ready to bet big in Las Vegas with the rollout of the Swiss made copy Hublot Classic Fusion Las Vegas Boutiques collection in three styles exclusive to its showrooms at The Forum Shops at Caesars and The Shops at Crystals. “Las Vegas is one of Hublot’s top markets in North America and, indeed, the world. The action-packed city attracts a customer that is looking for everything Hublot exemplifies—luxury, innovation and flair,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “We are excited to unveil an exclusive collection that we hope shows our gratitude to our loyal Las Vegas base and celebrates this city that has welcomed us so wholly.” The result is a stylish trifecta highlighted by the brand’s signature Black Magic and King Gold materials.
Watch enthusiasts can elevate their wrist options by choosing from the Classic Fusion Chronograph King Gold (limited to 21 pieces); the Swiss movement copy Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold Black Diamond (limited to seven pieces); and the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Chronograph King Gold Black Diamond Pave, a coveted one-of-a-kind creation highlighted by 54 glittering baguette-cut black diamonds that surround the HUB6010 manual-winding face with a power reserve of 115 hours. A black ceramic case, black dial and black alligator strap are featured on the Classic Fusion Chronograph King Gold, while six black diamonds shine bright on the “Lucky 7” at the 7 o’clock mark—a nod to the winnings to come for its discerning wearer. Go ahead, roll the dice. Hublot Las Vegas at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702.489.9444; Hublot Las Vegas at The Shops at Crystals.
Kevin Pietersen was always a box-office cricketer with his swashbuckling, front-foot style making him one of England’s most gifted batsmen. During the course of making more than 8000 Test runs, including 23 centuries, the man known as “KP” faced down some devastating bowlers. “Shoaib Akhtar was pretty fast and Mitchell Johnson bowled that fast series against us in 2012-13,” he recalls to T+T over Zoom. “But I was never scared of any bowler, because there’s a defence mechanism and you train for it. Whereas you’re pretty defenceless when you’re charged by a rhino…”
Pietersen confronted that situation on a walking safari in South Africa. He and a guide were tiptoeing past a white rhino just 25 metres away when the wind changed. “The animal smelled us and wasn’t happy,” he says. “Suddenly it charged. In that moment, you actually don’t have time to think, but luckily it got a fright and ran right passed by us.”
That nerve-shredding encounter did nothing to quell KP’s zeal for rhino conservation. It was a passion that began in 2013 when he reconnected with Africa, the country where he’d originally grown up.
“While I was visiting South Africa, I was invited to help micro-chipping elephants (for tracking purposes). We saw this elephant that had been caught in a poacher’s snare and helped it get free. I remember watching that elephant get up and walk off into the distance and sort of shake his head as an appreciation for what we had done.
“When you’re in that situation, you realise that there is something that you can do to help by spreading awareness. I decided that I was going to do it.”
Determined to help protect endangered species, Pietersen started his conservation charity SORAI, whose name stands for Save Our Rhino Africa India. Right now, their efforts are more urgently needed than ever. The rhino population is dwindling fast – the World Wildlife Fund reports that at the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia, but that figure now stands at around 27,000. Worryingly, SORAI believes the rhino could even be at risk of total extinction by 2025.
This decline is primarily down to the poachers who kill rhinos in order to sell their horns. Unfortunately, COVID has exacerbated this trade by decimating the tourism that so many people rely upon. Selling rhino horns is therefore a way to make some cash as the demand remains bewilderingly high.
“People believe through ancient beliefs that a rhino’s horn cures cancer. They believe they can use it as an aphrodisiac,” Pietersen says. “But the biggest issue at the moment is that the horn is a symbol of wealth because of how expensive it is on the black market – people want to have it on their mantlepiece. It’s like driving a Ferrari, but better.” SORAI’s charitable efforts soon gained the attention of Hublot. In 2019, this resulted in a collaboration to make the limited-edition fake Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI with skeleton dial, whose sandy tones were specially calibrated to match the dusty colours of Africa’s bush land. Hublot donated a large part of the proceeds from the watch (they don’t specify the exact amount) to Care for Wild, the largest rhino sanctuary in the world, supported by SORAI.
“SORAI is now getting offers to collaborate with big brands because of the global pandemic’s effect on the illegal wildlife trade,” Pietersen admits. “But high quality copy Hublot were down and dirty with us getting all the hard stuff done two years ago before this issue suddenly took front stage. That’s what we absolutely love about our relationship.”
The partnership has now given birth to a second new watch. As a member of the Big Bang Unico family, the new green ceramic case copy Hublot Sorai utilises Hublot’s manufactured flyback chronograph movements and offers a 72 hour power reserve. The minute register at 9 o’clock frames the image of a black rhino – whereas the previous model depicted a white rhino instead. The other big change is the colour scheme with the 45mm case rendered in micro-blasted ceramic in a deep shade of bottle-green. “The first watch was made to represent the winter, which are the drought months so it’s very brown and dusty,” Pietersen says. “Whereas with this watch, we wanted to bring out the beautiful green vegetation of summer and all those post-rain colours.”
The $33,600 high quality Hublot Big Bang replica watch comes with quick-change straps including a camo-patterned rubber and a green fabric strap. But if you like its eco-warrior looks then you can’t afford to be complacent as only 100 pieces will be released. Much like KP’s beloved rhinos, the numbers are limited and demand you take immediate action.
There is nothing like Las Vegas energy. Even if you haven’t been in a while, you can close your eyes and easily summon the bells and boops of the slot machines, the flavors of world-class restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffets, and the visceral reaction of watching a boxing match or over-the-top circus act. Anything goes in Sin City, and no matter how at odds these experiences may seem, they work together.
This mix also makes the city the perfect home away from home for cheap fake Hublot. The Art of Fusion is the name of this brand’s game, so if you get lucky in Las Vegas, then bringing home a Hublot is the ultimate souvenir.
And since game recognizes game, Hublot is happy to present the best quality copy Hublot Classic Fusion “Las Vegas Boutiques” collection, a line of exquisite pieces exclusive to its two Las Vegas boutiques. Hublot has enjoyed a long and proud history with Las Vegas. Its two boutiques – Hublot Las Vegas Crystals Boutique and Hublot Las Vegas Forum Boutique – are destinations in themselves.
“Las Vegas is one of Hublot’s top markets in North America, and indeed the world,” said Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe in a press release. “The action-packed city attracts a customer that is looking for everything Hublot exemplifies – luxury, innovation, and flair.” While Hublot’s boutiques draw an international clientele, the brand has long been associated with the local culture of Las Vegas. From its association with the World Poker Tour to celebrating legends with the World Boxing Council to providing immersive luxury experiences with the landmark TopGolf, Hublot knows what players want. And to create the Classic Fusion “Las Vegas Boutiques” collection, the company’s design team carefully reviewed Las Vegas fan favorites. The result is a riff on the best-selling 45mm copy Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph with elegant accents that will celebrate the Las Vegas vibe. There are two limited edition timepieces featured in the Classic Fusion Las Vegas Boutiques collection. Both presented in luxurious black ceramic and gold.
Black ceramic first made a splash in the watch industry when Hublot introduced the concept of “invisible visibility.” And against a background of a black ceramic case, black dial, and black alligator leather strap, the brand’s proprietary King Gold provide more than just accents; it lights up the collection like the Vegas Strip at night. Six black diamonds detail the “Lucky 7” marker at the 7 o’clock position, just in case you need a little assistance from Lady Fortune when you hit the tables. The pieces in the collection also feature display casebacks decorated with the emblematic “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign. But if you need a little more sizzle, the Swiss movement copy Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Las Vegas Boutique Diamonds version doubles down on the black diamonds with a gem-encrusted bezel. It’s unabashedly flashy but not so overdone that the watch you buy in Vegas will have to stay in Vegas (or a vault surrounded by laser beams). The Classic Fusion Chronograph Las Vegas Boutique is limited to 21 pieces and costs $19,100, while the Classic Fusion Chronograph Las Vegas Boutique Diamonds is limited to 7 pieces and costs $25,400.