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Hublot Connected Watch: Made for FIFA 2018

Just prior to the official start of Baselworld 2018, Hublot announces the unveiling of its very first Smart watch: the Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 World Cup Russia Connected Watch. Since Hublot is the Official Timekeeper of the FIFA World Cup, the new watch is the Official Watch of FIFA and it is packed with a powerful punch that will have soccer fans cheering.

In fact, it is specially designed for referees and includes technology above and beyond the Smart watch functions that the brand worked with Intel and Google to incorporate. It essentially tracks the game for its wearer.

Similar to its sister brand, TAG Heuer, Hublot worked with the same team with Intel and Google and shares most of the hardware for this watch with the TAG Heuer Connected Watch. However, for this timepiece, a new layer has been added that was developed by Hublot based on Android Wear.

The referees’ watches can connect during Competition to the Goal Line Technology that has existed and been used by FIFA for several years in cameras to help track the trajectory of ball on the field, and to determine if it has crossed the goal line fully. Hublot worked with FIFA to make this a reality. According to Hublot, FIFA asked specifically for a watch customized to help the referees. On June 14, 2018, when the first match of the 21st FIFA World Cup kicks off, it will mark the first Competition wherein referees have digital video assistance.

Inside the 2018 Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia watches that are being made available to footballer fans beginning on May 1, 2018, there are a  host of exciting functions and features to whet big appetites.

The 49mm titanium Connected Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia watch announces 15-minutes before the kick-off of a match, it displays the word “Goal” every time a goal is scored, and can display a host of statistics on the dial during the match. Such stats include score, name of player, player changes, goal scorers and more. As to the dials, there are 32 different dials—each inspired by the flags of the participating countries and teams. There are also two neutral dial choices.

Available in analogue or digital versions, the watch offers more than just soccer smarts. The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia watch has all sorts of applications and is compatible with all phones using Android 4.3 and above, or iOS 10.5.9 and above.

In terms of overall looks, the watch features a bezel decorated with six iconic H-shaped screws, a Kevlar insert and more. It is offered with the brand’s patented interchangeable “One Click” strap, and is sold with two straps including a specially made sponge cuff strap with the 2018 FIFA World Cup motif on it, and a black rubber strap. The watch will retail for CHF 4,900.

“The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia offers all the usual features of a smart watch, of course, but that’s not where Hublot has applied its innovation and audacity,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot in a brand-issued press release. “It brings together everything that inspires the passion of football lovers. The FIFA World Cup is the Holy Grail of emotions for football fans, so just imagine what an object such as a watch that captures each and every one of its moments, its turning points, its stakes could suddenly represent? The football aficionados from among the brand’s friends have been waiting for this watch for a long time.”

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