Only few weeks are left before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (Nov 20, 2022 – Dec 18, 2022), an event that will attract more than 1 billion viewers. To mark the 4th consecutive edition as the Official Timekeeper of the tournament, Hublot presented the Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a Gen3 connected watch with a new designed dedicated football app which will also be used by the 129 official referees to time the game.
With 15 minutes to go before each match, the watch – through an even larger and improved high-definition screen – will deliver team line-ups and player profiles, so the wearer can feast on the details from the comfort of their wrist. As a game kicks off, the watch will automatically enter “match mode” and activate “timeline”, a feature created exclusively for this watch that will help fans capture the key moments.
This is how it works: at the outer edge of the dial there will be a scale split into five sections, indicating the first and second halves, additional time allowed in each half, and half time. If a goal is scored, the watch will show a match event animation mentioning the player’s name, and a football symbol will appear at the appropriate minute mark on the scale. The same thing happens if there is a yellow card, a red card or a penalty.
If a match goes beyond normal time, the watch display will automatically switch into extra time mode, and then again into shootout mode, in the event a match goes to penalties. Each penalty is recorded by a football with a green or red outline to indicate whether or not the attempt was successful. A final “match period animation” shows when the game is over, and the final score.
At any point during a game, the wearer can replay these events by scrolling around the dial using the watch’s crown. After five seconds of inactivity, the watch automatically switches into “low consumption mode” to save battery.
The Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comes in a 44 mm x 14 mm case in micro-blasted and polished black ceramic and black titanium that carries clear echoes of Hublot’s mechanical watch icon, the Big Bang.
Of course, in place of a mechanical movement, this watch is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor powered with the latest version of Wear OS by Google (Wear OS 3).
The watch’s hardware specification includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a microphone, a speaker, GPS and a heart-rate monitor. It also comes with a full suite of preloaded apps that enable wearers to stay connected and to track activity, health and more. Wearers can discover more apps with Google Play on their watches.
It also comes with the promise of all-day battery life and a two-hour charge to full from empty. Bluetooth 5.0 will connect it to a wide range of devices and accessories. The watch is Android and iOS compatible and water-resistant to 3 ATM.
The official version has a burgundy dial and a black and burgundy lined rubber strap inspired by the flag colours of the State of Qatar, FIFA World Cup 2022 Host Country.
Limited to 1,000 pieces, the Hublot Big Bang e FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 edition has a retail price of CHF 5,500 / Euro 6,000 / US$ 5,800. Also be sure to check 25 luxury watch brands for men.