Hublot + Zenith + Frederique Constant are highlighted in Passions Arabia’s round-up of the second day at 2018’s Baselworld. Follow us at Passions Arabia throughout this years show for updates and views from the world’s largest watch and jewellery exhibition. 

Because Hublot loves football


Hublot Big Bang Referee

Beating to the rhythm of football, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia immediately shows its distinctive spirit as the personification of an application specially developed for the competition and a series of “fan” dials in the colours of each participating nation.

Featuring several notifications, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia announces matches 15 minutes before their kick-off, as well as yellow and red cards, player changes and goals. The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia vibrates, displaying the word GOAL instantly every time a goal is scored. During the match, the dial shows the match statistics including the score, number of cards, names of goal-scorers, player substitutions and match time.


Zenith defies gravity


Zenith Defy Zero G

The Defy collection is the embodiment of Zenith’s horological complexity. This year, the Defy appears as a full collection, including the Defy Zero G, with gyroscopic “Gravity Control.” The device, fitted here into a skeletonized version of Zenith’s high-frequency El Primero calibre, cancels the effects of gravity by maintaining the regulating organ and balance in a horizontal position.

The spherical system is composed of 139 tiny components, which have been redesigned to reduce the module’s dimensions by 70%. This enables it to fit between the two flat sapphire crystals of the Defy case. The 44 mm case is brushed titanium.


Mechanical and smartwatch

Passions-Arabia-Baselworld-Frederique-ConstantFrederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

The Hybrid Manufacture combines Swiss-made fine mechanical watchmaking with smartwatch functionality in a single watch.

Functions include hours, minutes, seconds and date, as well as smartwatch functions, including activity tracking, sleep monitoring, battery life indicator, worldtimer and dynamic coach. In order to overcome the negative magnetic effects between the two technologies integrated into one case, Frederique Constant developed and patented a unique anti-magnetic shield case within the case. The movement also features something called calibre analytics, which measures the rate, amplitude and beat error of the mechanical calibre.