Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot held a charity event with legendary Usain Bolt to celebrate the opening of the Hublot Boutique Kyoto.

Usain Bolt has enjoyed a career which has not only made him a legendary athlete, but also one of the greatest sportsmen of all time! He holds 8 Olympic medals and 11 World Championship titles! Usain Bolt is the only athlete to have defended his gold medal over three consecutive Olympics, even going as far as beating three records in one Olympiad! He holds the world records for the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres. The Champion, and Hublot ambassador, travelled all the way to Kyoto in order to celebrate the opening of a new milestone for the Swiss luxury Watch Brand in Japan.

Hublot Usain Bolt Kyoto

Hublot opened its new boutique in Kyoto on August 26, 2017. Build in the traditional architectural style of Machiya, common in the mid-Edo period (late 17th Century -18th Century). While maintaining its traditions, the ancient capital Kyoto continues to give birth to new culture and values. Similarly, Hublot continues to evolve in the traditional watch industry under the brand's innovative concept of "The Art of Fusion". The fusion between Kyoto and Hublot has just begun in the beautiful Gion streets.

Hublot Boutique Kyoto
‍Hublot Boutique Kyoto

The grand opening event started with the Champion appearing with children, followed by Hublot's announcement to donate 1.5 million JPY (about 13,100CHF) to Gion. Bolt and Hublot then created a charity run, whereby Hublot agreed to add 500,000 JPY to the donation if total record of 5 children's time beats Bolt's 100m record with 9.58secs. Usain Bolt gave the children valuable advise on how to run faster before they sprinted towards the finish line in the presence of Maiko (apprentice geiko). The 14.8 sec result was close but regrettably was not able to break the legend's record.

Hublot Japan

Nevertheless, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe spontaneously changed the check's amount to 2 million JPY, as he was impressed and wanted to praise the children for their efforts. The check was presented to Gion Minamigawa Chiku Machizukuri Kyogikai, a non-profit organization which maintains the historical scenery in the Gion area and preserves traditional Japanese culture to next generations.

Hublot Boutque Kyoto Japan

Usain Bolt and Ricardo Guadalupe, alongside Mr. Tatsuya Yoshimoto (President of Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Store), and Miwa Sakai (Hublot's Asia Pacific Regional Director), performed Kagami-biraki ceremony. The traditional Japanese ceremony involves opening a specially designed sake barrel with a wooden mallet to invoke good fortune.

Usain Bolt Watch

Visitors will find something that will suit their taste from the wide range of Hublot collections offered at the Kyoto boutique. The boutique will have the iconic "Big Bang" and "Classic Fusion" as well as Hublot watches exclusively created for the Kyoko boutique. In addition, the "Hublot World Limited Collection" with rare models from around the world which have never been available in Japan previously will be showcased. Customers who purchase the the Hublot Boutique Kyoko will be offered a special Hublot fan designed by Miyawaki Baisen-an as a gift.

Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Ceramic Ref. 411.OM.1180.RX

Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Ceramic

Technical details:

References: 411.OM.1180.RX

Case: 45.5 mm diameter in 18K King Gold

Bezel: Satin-finished and polished black ceramic; 6 H-shaped titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked

Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating and Hublot logo

Crown: Satin finished 18K King Gold with black rubber

Push-pieces: Satin finished 18K King Gold

Case-back: Satin finished 18K King Gold, Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment

Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres

Dial:  Mat black skeleton

Movement: HUB 1242 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot, automatic flyback chronograph

Date:White window at 3 o'clock

Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Strap: Structured, ribbed black rubber

Clasp: 18K King Gold and black-plated Titanium deployant buckle