On the eve of the opening match of Euro 2016 between France and Romania, Hublot began the festivities in Paris at the Palais Royal. Official Watch of the European competition, the watchmaker had brought together on field for the first time in the history of football Pele and Maradona.
Hublot Creates Football History Again Pelé and Maradona together for Once in a Lifetime Match! On the eve of the UEFA EURO 2016TM, just before the big kick-off of the European Football Championships for which Hublot is Official Watch, the Swiss watchmaker is bringing together two brand new teams for a historic match. A line-up that football has never seen, and that football fans have always dreamt of. There are moments in football that are eternal, and Hublot is writing one.
“We have all dreamt of an ideal team, of seeing some of our favourite players come together under the same colours. To see the two biggest rivals of all time team up in a legendary match, buzzing with the passion for football that drives us all, is a real privilege. This match is one of the “off the record” moments that I could have chosen as my favourite “EURO moment”. It is a match which says a lot about Hublot’s involvement and the ties it has woven over the past decade in the world of football, by teaming up with prestigious clubs, star trainers, magicians with the ball and the best leagues.” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot
Hublot as the first luxury brand to invest in football back in 2008 has chosen an iconic venue to host this prestigious event. Just a few metres from the Louvre, next to the “Colonnes de Buren” in the heart of the Palais Royal, two legendary teams will compete on this fresh turf. Take the 2 best players of all time, 10 legends and stars of the round ball game, and create 2 teams for a classic friendly match bringing together players used to competing against each other.
The players take the field, followed by Pelé and Maradona. Recognised as the best players of all time, the two coaches shake hands before the kick-off. At half time, there is a penalty shoot-out for the UEFA Foundation, “UEFA Foundation for the children”. After 30 minutes of a hard-fought game, Team Pelé – Ferdinand, Hierro, Dida, Crespo and Bebeto and Team Maradona – Trezeguet, Peruzzi, Ferrara, Materazzi and Seedorf, end up at equal scoring.
In this European Championship year, Hublot reigns supreme as the master of the round ball. The brand is there for every match.
Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO 2016™ – Official Watch
To symbolise its passion and commitment to football, Hublot has designed a watch to time matches. Designed especially for the world of football, the Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph times the halves and added time, indicating the actual time, the elapsed time and current match period. The Official Watch of UEFA EURO 2016™, it bears the colours of France – the host country of the 15th edition of the European Championships. All bedecked in red, white and blue, it comes in a 100-piece edition.
Big Bang Unico in the colours of European football
The 45 mm case of the Big Bang Unico and the Big Bang Bi-Retrograde Chronograph is equipped with a “One click” interchangeable system strap. Paying tribute to Europe’s top footballing nations, Hublot presents a limited series of straps bedecked in the official jerseys bearing the colours of England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
What is your Euro Moment?
The “WHAT IS YOUR EURO MOMENT?” campaign immortalises the highlights of the European Championships. Visuals symbolising the energy and unifying power of football, and presenting 12 personalities from football, among which the last two faces have just been revealed. David Trezeguet, former French international player and European Champion, recalls his golden goal that allowed France to win the competition. Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, whose favourite moment – the opening match of Euro 2008 in Basel – alludes to Hublot’s first year of partnership with UEFA.