Saviors, leaders of a new generation and very often rewarded: Kylian Mbappé and his Hublot Big Bang have a lot in common. Seen in Brooklyn these days, our national star wore a watch that matched his talent and ambitions.
The Hublot watchmaker was itself in search of a star when in 2004 it called on Jean-Claude Biver, the man who whispers in the ears of the major watchmaking houses. Having already helped resurrect and reinfuse nothing less than glory into brands like Blancpain and Omega during his previous assignments, Biver has been commissioned to make the magic happen again. The results were not long in coming: in 2005, a year after its arrival, the Big Bang was released, inspired by the very first piece manufactured by Hublot at its beginnings in 1980, from which it borrowed the shape and the visible screws on the telescope. While some watches take years to acquire iconic status, the Big Bang immediately became (and remains) Hublot’s best-selling piece. And like Mbappé, it has collected awards, notably winning the prize for best design at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the very year of its launch.
Today, Hublot offers its Big Bang in all possible and imaginable shades. The version worn by Mbappé is particularly striking: its bezel is set with 36 diamonds and fitted with an alligator leather strap. The Blues superstar Kylian Mbappé wears a version of the watch in the colors of France.
Here are also some watches that have not gone unnoticed in recent days.
Odell Beckham’s Nautilus Tiffany Patek Philippe
More than a year after its initial release, the enthusiasm for the Nautilus Tiffany Edition continues unabated. The watch’s story is now almost as well-known as a superhero movie: Patek discontinued the beloved and limited version of the Nautilus (the 5711), but before that took to boarding it in kind of an epic farewell tour. Just before production ceased at the end of 2022, the brand announced this edition with a Tiffany blue dial – the versions of the watch simply stamped with the jeweler’s logo were already the preserve of collectors – and one of them quickly sold at auction for 6.5 million dollars (6.04 million euros). Enough to blow up the hype counters, especially when celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio have spent 2022 showing off their copy.
The Cartier Santos by George Santos
Granted, Republican Party member George Santos lied about his education, career, finances, and even the circumstances of his mother’s death. But it’s still funny that he owns the watch (is it fake, too?) whose name he shares. Perhaps he will tell us that he is related to the Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont, who inspired the invention of the Santos in 1904 by commissioning the watch from his friend Louis Cartier to wear it in flight?
Steph Curry’s Shinola Runwell Sport
A few weeks ago, I told you that the only small positive of Steph Curry’s shoulder injury was that we would see more of his watch on the bench during his recovery. The point guard of the Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors team confirmed this prediction: the one who has always sported a wide variety of timepieces last week wore a Runwell Sport from Shinola. That burgundy bezel is seriously beautiful, and while this initially very affordable watch (under $1,000) is no longer produced, Shinola continues to make models at ever-so-low prices.