By de Boulle on July 16th, 2012
International megastar, martial arts champion, actor, philanthropic ambassador for social causes in China, Jet Li is a true living legend in his country. He is not only one of the greatest international actors in the kung-fu film world, but also a role model and hero to many generations in Asia. During the last few years, Jet Li has devoted his time and energy to promoting social development in his country, where he founded The One Foundation in 2006. A percentage of the profits from the sale of these watches will be donated by Hublot to this foundation.
Since 2010, Jet Li has been Hublot’s leading ambassador in Asia. Therefore, Dalian in China was the natural choice for Hublot to unveil the Aero Bang Jet Li just before Christmas, the first watch created to pay tribute to the actor. Based on the iconic Big Bang design and in Hublot’s famed, elegant matt black, this black ceramic watch is inspired by many aspects of Jet Li’s life: the skeleton dial is a miniaturisation of the metal trellis found in the celebrated Shaolin temple in China – a symbol with dual significance for Jet Li: this Buddhist religious temple built in the 5th century is now also the home of martial arts training, in particular Chinese Kung-Fu. It is also the title of Jet Li’s first film, which brought him to fame in the role of the defending monk.
The accents of red, such as on the minute track and the stitching on the strap, are a clear reference to China. Lastly, the crystal on the case back has a transfer depicting Yin and Yang, as requested by Jet Li in reference to his life’s philosophy, showing Yin (represented by the black) and Yang (the white). In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang are the two complementary categories that can be found in all aspects of life and the universe.
Series Limited to 200 pieces numbered from 01/200 to 200/200
Case: 44.5 mm Big Bang in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel: Micro-blasted black ceramic
6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel: Lugs Black composite
Lateral inserts: Black composite
Crown: Black PVD steel with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD steel, rectangular, with black rubber inserts
Case-back: Open microblasted black ceramic. Crystal with Yin and Yang transfer and Jet Li’s signature
Water resistance: 10 Atm, i.e. approx. 100 metres
Dial: Matt black openworked with decoration evoking the Shaolin temple windows
Satin-finished indexes with black SuperLuminova™ ruthenium coating
Red minute track transfer
Hands Faceted and polished with black nickel coating, plus black and red SuperLuminova™
Red chronograph hand with H counterpoise
Movement: HUB4214 – Automatic mechanical Aerobang chronograph
Components: 257 – Jewels: 27, with Date, Sapphire disc with display at 4.30
Oscillating weight: Openworked with black PVD coating, tungsten segment
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Strap: Adjustable black gummy alligator sewn onto black rubber with red stitching
Clasp: Micro-blasted black PVD steel Big Bang deployant buckle
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