Hublot Roy Hodgson King Power 66

As the eyes of the world’s football fans are watching events unfold in Brazil, we frequently catch glimpses of the distinctive Hublot watches logo as Official Timekeepers and Official Watch of the World Cup. Earlier this year, this brand which is closely affiliated to several football clubs and players presented Roy Hodgson, the manager of the England football team with his exclusive ‘King Power 66’ in recognition of Hodgson’s 66th birthday together with acknowledgement of 1966, the year that England last won the World Cup.

The idea was devised by Hodgson’s son Christopher who explained how he had worked in partnership with the designers at Hublot “Dad and I are massive fans of the Hublot brand, and their extraordinary vision, fusion of materials, and marketing expertise is truly amazing, and one of the great success stories. It is a proud day for me personally to make this project a reality with my Father as the ambassador for this unique ‘66 piece’, and a legacy from me to him of sorts.

Hublot has also developed a King Power especially for the football fans, equipped with a chronograph movement that features two chronograph hands positioned in the centre in addition to the hour and minute hands. This makes it easier to read and therefore quicker and more effective. The wearer can keep track of both hands at a glance; the first indicates the seconds, and the other hand, specially developed when watching a game, indicates the time elapsed out of the 45 minutes in each half.

With a sapphire dial, the movement features a new skeleton movement to reveal even more of the working parts of the watch and its fine mechanics. The topside retains only the material necessary for it to function. This is coated with black ruthenium for a beautiful overall effect and clearer reading. A minute track, a time counter at 9 o'clock and a date window at 4 o'clock all feature on the predominantly white and red piece, which is stamped with the famous English flag.

Much attention has been lavished on the King Power case, which is 48 mm diameter in shock-resistant black carbon fibre. The moulded black rubber crown made of King Gold is flanked by two push-buttons in red and white rubber. In a final reference to Roy Hodgson, and adding an attractive touch to the piece, the caseback is engraved with the English victory emblem and has the Manager’s signature.

Each watch comes with a certificate guaranteeing its authenticity and three interchangeable straps made of alligator and rubber, red, white and black with a deployment buckle.