Spectacular Diver Watches of 2014: Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition

(Part three of a four part series on luxury diver watches)

Hublot designed a special edition diver’s watch, so special that there are only 20 pieces of Hublot’s Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition.

Hublot King Power Cheval Blanc

Hublot invested eighteen months in research and extensive testing in the development of Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli. The watch’s name was derived from the Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel, a contemporary haven in Noonu Atoll in Maldives. It also happens to be the only place where the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli watch can be purchased.

Cheval Blanc Randheli Garden Villa

Hublot King Power Cheval Blanc Cheval Blanc Randheli Garden VillaHotel Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel - Island Villa

Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc underwent testing inside Roxer Tank where it was placed in a controlled pressurized environment equivalent to 5000 meters under water, however, is actually capable of withstanding pressure at 4000 meters, the depth at which it can be worn.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has a 48 mm case crafted in light weight grade 2 titanium which is accentuated in a finely brushed satin finish. Its visual presentation is further illustrated in vibrant colors of white and yellow making it quite unique from the usual black color norm for most diver watches. The dial, flange and hands have been treated with in a bright yellow SuperLuminova™ hue allowing for readability when diving at a distance of 25 cm in the dark.

Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has a helium valve which helps emit gases that the watch might intake while diving under water. The valve is located on the left side of the case which is attached at 10 o’clock.

The Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli caseback is etched with the Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel’s emblem and Hublot’s name which is engraved in yellow.  Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc operates with an automatic caliber HUB1401 mechanism consisting of 180 components. It also has a power reserve of 42 hours.


As mentioned earlier Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli is a special limited edition timepiece of only 20 pieces with a retail price of $26,000 (USD).

For a selection of other Hublot watches please visit watchesonnet.com.

Jay Z Captures a New Beat – Time with Shawn Carter by Hublot

Jay Z has captured the sounds of a new beat – time which has been unveiled in his collaborative Hublot watch design Shawn Carter Classic Fusion (To experience Shawn Carter Classic Fusion’s timely beats click the picture to the left).

Shawn Jay-Z Carter Classic Fusion by Hublot in 18K yellow gold

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter continues to expand his mega-mogul empire which now includes a collaborative watch design with world-renowned watchmaker Hublot. Carter, an avid watch enthusiast, selected the Classico Ultra-Thin watch design from Hublot’s Classic Fusion collection to create his signature-style Shawn Carter Classic Fusion limited-edition watch.

Jay Z performing at launch of Magna Carta Tour in Brooklyn

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion was unveiled last October at Zurich’s Dolder Grand hotel. It made its US debut at Barneys New York – A New York Holiday collection. Shawn Carter Classic Fusion was again celebrated on January 13 at Jay Z’s kick off of his Magna Carta Tour in Brooklyn where Hublot welcomed VIPs in lavish-style announcing the availability of the limited-edition watch in select Hublot boutiques worldwide.

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion - DailShawn Carter Classic Fusion - Caseback

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion features a beautiful 45mm brushed case in black ceramic or 18K yellow gold. The dial showcases an ornate cut-out of Jay-Z’s logo which resembles a Maltese cross.  The ornate cut-out logo reveals its 2.9 millimeter HUB1300 movement nestled below it. The ultra-thin manual winding movement measures only 2.90mm thick, and provides 90 hours of power when fully wound.

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion by Hublot

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion is available globally in two versions:

  • Black ceramic – limited to 250 pieces priced at $17,900, and
  • 18K Yellow Gold – limited to 100 pieces priced at $33,900

Acquiring a limited-edition Shawn Carter Classic Fusion watch may become somewhat of a challenge with a wealth of global fans eager and ready to purchase one of these incredible watches, sales of which earns royalties of 25 percent to benefit the Shawn Carter Foundation (a New York based charity helping students facing socio-economic hardships acquire higher-learning scholarships). However, chances are fans may not have to wait long as Hublot’s charismatic brand ambassador Mr. Carter will undoubtedly rap in timely with a verse from On to the Next One.

Luxury Watchmakers Maneuver to the Emerging Market of Brazil

Luxury watchmakers are piloting their financial sights towards South America to target one of the largest emerging markets – Brazil.

According to a report released February 2008 by Citigroup Analyst Geoffrey Dennis, he predicted Brazil was gaining headway as one of the world’s largest emerging markets per a measured leading index of its state-run oil companies. So what exactly is drawing watchmakers to setup marketplaces in Brazil, while the country steadily pole vaults into emerging market status? The 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Hublot Big Bang FIFA - Dial View

Hublot Big Bang FIFA - Caseback View

The FIFA World Cup is a major soccer sporting event scheduled to be hosted by Brazil from June 12 to July 13, it is expected to attract television advertisers and billions of viewers from around the world. Another drawing factor for watchmakers is the 2016 Olympic Games slated to be in Rio de Janeiro. These highly publicized events are expected to heighten Brazil’s local economy as well as attract a plethora of worldwide visitors and sport fans, raising the stakes for watchmakers to capitalize on watch sales.

Major watch brands have been announcing new store openings or expansion projects in the country, which is known for its shopping enthusiasts. At the forefront of this inbound migration of watchmakers is Hublot, who is also the Official Timekeeper of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Hublot is opening a new store in Rio de Janeiro and just announced its release of the Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Big Bang UNICO Bi-Retrograde Chrono watch. It is Hublot’s first production of a bi-retrograde function watch with a central chrono and a movement with patent pending. Hublot also just welcomed Brazilian native Gustavo Kuerten, aka Guga, to their family of brand ambassadors last year.

Luxury watchmakers IWC, Omega, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin are brands that have opened or are moving to open new stores in Brazil, all of whom are banking on the prospect that local consumers and event visitors will help increase their profit margins, provided that the country’s rising taxes takes a downward spiral over the next few years. Despite the country’s high taxes Stephen Urquhart, Omega CEO, views a store opening as a profitable opportunity that it plans to carefully gauge while anticipating lower than usual sales margins. Juan-Carlos, head of Vacheron Constantin Geneva Manufacture, chimes in on the same note indicating that its Sao Paulo store’s goal is to offer first-class after-sales service that leads to loyal established customers.

Jean-Marc Jacot CEO Parmigiani Fleurier and Ricardo Teixeira Pres of Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol

Watchmakers with vested partnerships contributing to Brazilian heritage and culture include Parmigiani Fleurier, who introduced a Fine Watch creation just last year, partnered with the Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol (the Brazilian football federation) organization. Jaeger-LeCoultre also partnered last year with UNESCO and the International Herald Tribune to help manage the country’s Fernando de Noronha Nature Reserve with a generous donation of $20,000.

Fernando de Noronha Nature Reserve

For the moment it appears that the stakes are high with major watchmakers wagering an “all in” approach for the gradual promise of profit margins, margins that will ultimately contribute to the rise of Brazil’s emerging market status.

Kobe Bryant Hublot Power King Black Mamba Brings a Come Hither Appeal that’s Venomous


Hublot has ventured into the competitive courts of Kobe Bryant and captured his fierce competitive persona in the Power King Black Mamba watch, to the extent that it brings a come hither appeal that’s so venomous it’s sure to visually stun the fellas.

Kobe Bryant Hublot Power King Black Mamba (Reference 748.CI.1119.PR.KOB13) authoritatively entered the Hublot King Power Collection and has quickly gained profound respect that the black mamba is even present on the dial.


Power King Black Mamba venomously charms with a 48mm micro-blasted black ceramic case and a micro-blasted ceramic and titanium bezel secured with six black PVD H-shaped relief titanium screws. The open-works dial reveals a silver/black colored Mamba that flamboyantly slithers around the counter at 9 o’clock and Kobe’s court number “24” at 6 o’clock. The dial has been designed based on an elaborate layering concept to reveal the fusion of its aesthetic DNA.

Power King Black Mamba’s outer dial features purple numerals in five minute increments, four zones of 12 minutes in black and gold satin-finishes and hour indexes with 3N gold plated and black Superluminova™. The hour/minute hands also have 3N gold plating with black Superluminova™.


Power King Black Mamba is Swiss Made and has Hublot’s HUB 4248 mechanical self-winding chronograph movement which consists of 249 components. It has 28 jewels, a frequency of 4Hz with a power reserve of 42 hours, and it is water resistant up to 10 ATMs. Black Mamba is adorned with, of all things, a python snake strap that is sewn on black rubber, and it has a clasp deployant buckle that is micro-blasted black PVD titanium and ceramic.

hublot-kobe-bryant-caseback view

Kobe Bryant Power King Black Mamba is a limited edition series timepiece of 250 numbered pieces, and is said to be inspired by Kobe’s personality and long standing basketball career. Hublot formally announced Kobe Bryant as one of their newest brand ambassador on March 20, 2013. Bryant a 5-time NBA Champion and team member of the Los Angeles Lakers was pleased to join the ranks of Hublot’s other notable ambassadors Olympian Usain Bolt,  basketball star Dwyane Wade, and soccer legend Diego Maradona.


Hublot also announced that sales of Hublot King Power Black Mamba will also help support the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation whose focus is to help families in need regain self-sustainability through financial solutions.

Hublot Power King Black Mamba will not be around long so Kobe Bryant fans should move quickly to purchase Power King Black Mamba as mentioned earlier there are only 250 watches available.

Written by Chaz Nash

Hublot and Kobe Bryant’s King Power Black Mamba Chrono Makes a Stunning Strike in China

On April 26 we blogged about the Kobe Bryant Hublot Power King Black Mamba, well it appears this striking watch has taken its venomous appeal East of the US into China.

That’s right Hublot and Kobe Bryant introduced King Power Black Mamba to China where it was unveiled and received with welcomed arms at a special themed party in Shanghai China. Kobe Bryant and Loic Biver, branding director of Hublot China, introduced brand ambassador Kobe Bryant’s Black Mamba to the Chinese market at Hublots’ boutique on Nanjing West Road on the evening of August 7, 2013.

Kobe Bryant Black Mamba Presentation in Shanghai China


King Power Black Mamba Chrono is available to consumers in a limited edition of 250 pieces at the Hublot boutique, where Kobe Bryant also made his first trip there to claim one of the 250 limited edition watches.

Guests of the Hublot Shanghai party were present for Hublot presentation of Bryant’s King Power Black Mamba timepiece which was presented by Loic Biver. Bryant addressed a host of guests and media on hand, commenting about his excitement to be involved in Hublot’s creative and innovative design of the Black Mamba for the China market.

Kobe Bryant presented with King Power Black Mamba by Loic Biver in Shanghai China

King Power Black Mamba is innovatively designed in layers housed in a black ceramic case that features a silver colored black mamba snake near the counter at 9 o’clock. It is as Hublot refers to its timepieces an innovative fusion of design and time.