Hublot has made a limited edition Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph in tribute to Mariano ‘The Sandman’ Rivera, one of New York Yankees’ greatest pitchers, who was inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame this year.
At an event in New York, Jean-François Sberro, president of Hublot North America, presented Mr Rivera with his very own limited-edition King Gold as well as the Titanium for the Mariano Rivera Foundation, his charity supporting communities to empower youths.
Each watch in the 47-piece limited edition collection — 42 in titanium and five in gold — is sold with a custom mitt signed by Rivera.
Paying homage to the legendary closer, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Mariano Rivera limited-edition timepiece tells the story of Mr Rivera’s legacy as the Sandman.
It uses the Yankee’s blue for its ceramic bezel and the 12 o’clock mark is replaced with the number 42 set in stones, Mr Rivera’s jersey number retired by the Yankees in 2013.
The Mariano Rivera special counter hands appear in the shape of bats and the sub-dial features the stitching on a baseball.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Mariano Rivera Titanium is in a limited run of 42 pieces; the King Gold is in a limited run of 5 pieces.
“Hublot has long supported athletes and game changers from multiple disciplines in the world of sports. Partnering with Mariano Rivera was a natural decision for the brand. Rivera redefined the game and what it means to be a closer, setting the bar higher with every pitch. It has been exciting to work with him during this process and we are thrilled to honor his career and celebrate his induction into the MLB Hall of Fame with this classic timepiece,” says Mr Sberro.