By Our Correspondent | Opening Doorz Editorial | August 22, 2017
120 horses on the field, the equivalent of up to 963 under the Ferrari bonnet (LaFerrari) and 253 powering the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph… driving a hunger for speed and accuracy.
Gstaad and the surrounding fields of its airport were transformed into Argentinian-style pampas from August 17 to 20, 2017, as 6000 spectators felt the ground shake when 16 of the top Polo players on the circuit took to the fields creating a blur of hooves and mallets, all sporting the colours of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup. For the 9th consecutive year, Hublot’s hosts were taken on an immersive journey through the legendary world of its collaboration with the prancing horse brand, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The tournament—a category 6 on the circuit—is one of the most prestigious in Europe. For the first time, it hosted four teams with a total handicap of 14; the highest level ever played on Swiss soil.
After the qualifying round on the first day and the semi-finals on August 19, “Banque Eric Sturdza” beat “Riva” to secure overall victory.
As the tournament’s Official Timekeeper, Hublot and its Classic Fusion Chronograph Chukker—a bi-compax chronograph—counted the 7.5 minutes of each of the 24 chukkers played during the competition1: A watch designed for polo in microblasted titanium dressed in the colours of the sport of kings.
In the Hublot x Ferrari pop-up store, all eyes were on the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph. Designed by Ferrari; produced by Hublot. Conceived like a sports car, its design was based on the HUB6311 movement, a new Hublot manufacture calibre featuring a chronograph tourbillon, 253 components and a 115-hour power reserve, with an ultra-high-performance case/chassis built on a lattice structure never before seen in watchmaking. Three elements—the skeleton case middle, container and case-back – made from Hublot King Gold, titanium, or a brand new strong, hypoallergenic material, PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) carbon.
A partner to some of the most prestigious polo clubs and tournaments on the circuit, Hublot is a major player in the sport of kings.