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Pelé – Mbappé – Hublot: Fast Forward to the Future

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Both have made their mark on footballing history. One has finished his career, the other is just beginning his. What unites them is love, respect for football and a remarkable destiny. Since the World Cup, an affinity has grown between the two men on social media. Today, Hublot brings them together for the very first time, marking a passing of the baton and a moment of recognition between the greatest player of all time and the most promising hope in world football. King Pelé, a Hublot ambassador since 2013, has crossed the Atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé, the watch brand’s newest ambassador, for a truly historic and moving encounter.

 
The generosity of Pelé and Kylian can be seen in their eyes, as can their love of football. This flame, this inextinguishable strength, is what drives these two great champions. They are inspiring new generations of footballers and writing the history of football, so it was perfectly natural to bring them together. Having them in our family is a great source of pride and pleasure, because before being football stars, they are above all great men who command respect.- Ricardo Guadalupe CEO HUBLOT

I am honoured to have the opportunity to personally meet Kylian. He embodies the new generation of footballers and espouses the values of a sport that inspires and unites the world. I am happy that he symbolises hope; the hope that anything is possible, for the dreams we must believe in and fight for, regardless of our origins or our social status. For me, the key to success can be captured in two words: humility and perseverance. That is the message that the new generation must convey, and Kylian has perfectly understood this.- Pelé HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
The youngest player to ever win a FIFA World CupTM
The only triple world champion with the brazilian team in the history of football
UN and UNESCO Ambassador

 

I have learned that the biggest stars and the best players are the most humble and respectful, those who are able to keep their feet on the ground. Respect, humility and lucidity are values that my parents passed down to me and they are values that I am proud to now share with my adopted family, Hublot, and King Pelé, who perfectly embodies what my parents have always taught me —to be a great footballer, you must first and foremost be a great man.- Kylian Mbappé HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
Greatest hope in wolrd football
Youngest-ever player to score a double in the knockout stage
And yougest player to score in a World Cup Final since Pelé in 1958
 

 
Pelé crosses the atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé — 2 April 2019 I Paris

Hublot opens a new chapter in footballing history by bringing Pelé and Kylian Mbappé together for this momentous encounter. The paths of these two men show uncanny similarities. Is this chance, or fate? There are 60 years between Pelé’s first World Cup and that of Mbappé. However, the impact of these two players on the history and love of football remains absolute. Pelé and Mbappé are two timeless, devoted and esteemed symbols of the world’s most unifying sport, two generations with shared values: Humility, Generosity, Perseverance. 
 
These two exceptional giants are renowned for breaking records, both as forwards who have made speed their trademark. They both won the first World Cup they played in and they were the youngest players (Pelé was 17 years old, Mbappé was 19) to score in and win a World Cup, both while wearing the number 10 jersey. A highly symbolic number in the world of football, the number 10 embodies that moment of perfect balance; the moment at which dreams become reality. In 1958, Pelé wore this jersey by chance; for Mbappé, 60 years later, it was a choice.

This emotional event was the occasion for Pelé to present Kylian Mbappé the Hublot watch that had been designed in collaboration with the footballing legend, a Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Pelé Special Piece, re-imagined especially for this encounter, in order to be given to the French footballing talent. The back of this timepiece features Pelé’s logo on the case-back, as well as the date 02.04.2019 and the place, Paris. 
As for Kylian Mbappé, he presented Pelé with a Big Bang Unico Titanium, which featured the French flag on its strap, the KM logo on the case-back, and the same note of the date and place as Pelé’s version. 
 

Kylian Mbappe—World Champion, New Hublot Ambassador
 
He is unique, he is the first, he is different. He is Hublot!
 

He is unique
He makes France, the world and the entire footballing planet dream.
Mbappé embodies the new generation that will set all future footballing records. Kylian Mbappé is currently the highest scorer in the French championship. He is a world champion, double French champion (PSG and Monaco) and winner of the Coupe de France (French Cup) and the Coupe de la Ligue (French League Cup) with PSG.

He is the first
Mbappé is the first player since Pelé – 60 years ago – to score a goal during and win a World Cup final at such a young age. He is the youngest Hublot ambassador in the Hublot Family.
A sign of fate: Kylian was born in 1998, the year that marked France’s historic victory against Brazil in the FIFA World Cup.
20 years later, by scoring one of the four winning goals in the final, he earned the second star for the French national team. He has just made history, and this is only the beginning.
Mbappé is renowned for his extraordinary powers of acceleration, his unpredictability and his reading of the game. At just 20 years old, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world and was named by FIFA as Best Young Player of the tournament in Russia last summer
 
He is different
An outstanding athlete who makes people smile, Mbappé is also generous, donating all of his match bonuses to the charities he sponsors. The man they call “37”, thanks to his top speed recorded at the World Cup, truly makes the world dream.

Kylian Mbappe, The Incarnation Of Football For Hublot
The only current player among Hublot’s Football ambassadors, Kylian Mbappé will play a decisive role in the watch brand’s communications. Deservedly famous, he takes the top ranking!

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OMEGA’s new Museum

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The new Museum, housed in a striking steel, glass and Swiss timber building designed by award-winning architect Shigeru Ban, brings the OMEGA story to life through immersive movies, compelling displays and fun interactive experiences.

The journey to the heart of OMEGA includes a 360° history of time and a giant walk-in Speedmaster revealing the inner-workings of the famous Co-Axial Escapement. Along the way, visitors can unleash their inner Olympian on a 9m running track, explore OMEGA’s history of women’s watchmaking, walk across a lunar surface and enter the exciting world of James Bond 007.

Those wishing to delve into the details can follow the path of a 50m steel bracelet made up of 64 treasury windows.

To coincide with the opening of the new Museum, OMEGA has created a dedicated Instagram account – #OMEGAMuseum – and a fully upgraded “Extract from the Archives” service, which is now available online.

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Jaeger Lecoultre & Amanda Seyfried

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Amanda has established herself as one of Hollywood’s most captivating young leading actresses. As a talented singer, she can be seen starring in musical adaptations of Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia 2! and Les Miserables.

During her visit at the SIHH 2019, Amanda was particularly captivated by the gem-setting technique, one of the Rare Handcrafts taking centre stage on the new Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day watch that she was wearing.

On the occasion of the Shanghai International Film Festival, Amanda Seyfried presented Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s Glory to the Filmmaker Award to filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang and attended a Watchmaking MasterClass where she was impressed by the unique savoir-faire of the Maison:

At the 76th International Venice Film Festival, Jaeger‑LeCoultre was pleased to welcome Amanda Seyfried.

On the occasion of the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Gala Dinner, she wore the Joaillerie 101 Feuille, entwinning refined luxury and feminity.

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Heritage Wonders: Lucky 13 & Polaris Memodate

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Throughout its history, Jaeger‑LeCoultre has been driven by the spirit of inventiveness, its expertise rewarded with more than 400 patents, and its watchmakers’ technical skills and creative imagination embodied in more than 1,200 different calibres.

As these two rare watches from the mid-20th Century demonstrate, every decade has brought fresh ideas and solutions, reflecting the spirit of the times. Among the many changes brought by the 1950s and 60s – represented by each of these watches – were, on one hand, tremendous advances in technology and aerospace, and on the other, the transformation of diving from a challenging pursuit to a widely practised leisure activity.

A rare LeCoultre Polaris Memodate (1967): to be sold at Phillips Geneva, November 2019:

In 1950, Jaeger‑LeCoultre introduced its first wristwatch featuring an alarm and called it the Memovox (‘voice of memory’). As the model become one of the most desirable and reliable on the market, the company introduced different variations, including a date display, a self-winding version and even an alarm designed to time parking meters.

In 1959, noting that diving had begun evolving from a specialist pursuit into a recreational sport enjoyed by thousands, Jaeger‑LeCoultre decided to adapt the Memovox to the sea. The company realised that it could offer both a visual timer (on the inner bezel) and an auditory alarm (which also caused vibration against the case) for ultimate diver safety.

To do so, Jaeger‑LeCoultre created a patented, multi-layer case-back that optimised the alarm’s sound transmission under water. The outer case, with its 16 holes, allowed for the alarm tone to be heard and also felt on the wrist, while the inner case sealed and protected the movement.

Known in the United States as the Polaris, and in Europe as the ‘Montre de plongeur E859’, the reference E859 featured three crowns, each with the cross-hatch pattern characteristic of SuperCompressor watches. The first crown is for time setting, the second rotates the inner bezel for dive timing, and the third rotates the central disc to align the arrow with the alarm time.

The example being offered by Phillips was made in 1967 for the American market and stands out from other models thanks to its very rare dial markings. While most of the dials were stamped Memovox or bore no inscription other than the LeCoultre name, this watch is stamped Memodate.

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the Memodate Polaris is its combination of two apparently opposite aspects of watchmaking: the tradition of delicate aural complications and the needs of a practical sporting timepiece. In this respect, it epitomises the open-minded spirit of inventiveness that has created such a rich patrimony at Jaeger‑LeCoultre and continues to drive the Maison to this day.

The unique LeCoultre “Lucky 13” (1962): to be sold at Phillips New York, December 2019

The LeCoultre “Lucky 13” is a truly remarkable and unique watch presented by the Chicago Anti-Superstition Society alongside 13 U.S. Senators to an original Mercury Seven U.S. astronaut to commemorate his historic achievement of becoming the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.

Featuring the number 13 at every hour marker, the watch celebrated the Friendship 7 spacecraft capsule used for the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. Friendship 7 was the 13th space capsule produced by McDonnell Aircraft Corp, and the 13s on the dial were used to illustrate the society’s rejection of the number 13 as unlucky.

The ceremony, taking place on Friday, April 13th, 1962, was entered in the House Congressional Record on October 13th, 1962. The consignor intends to donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this watch to The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

As well as demonstrating Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s technical expertise, the deep meaning and personal connections behind the story of these unique timepieces remind us that watches have always had social and emotional significance – which sometimes even overrides their practical purpose.

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