Hublot and World Boxing Council (WBC) are planning a legendary night Sept. 29 at Hublot at the Bellagio when Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Jeff Fenech, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Azumah Nelson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya and George Foreman will be on hand to celebrate the inauguration of the WBC Pension Fund.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver and Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe will be on hand when the Legends Hublot timepieces Collection will be auctioned off and the 12 winning bidders will receive their watch from the fighter himself. All proceeds will go to support the charitable initiative of the WBC.
The Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot and the World Boxing Council will host the one-time event and auction by international auctioneers Bonhamsthat will unite 12 of boxing’s greatest legends, not to fight in the ring, but to battle for the needs of their constituents. Twelve unique watches, each of which commemorates the world’s 12 greatest boxers to grace the ring, will be auctioned by Bonhams for WBC Pension Fund that evening.
The 12 winning bidders will receive their watch from the fighter himself on a staged ring set at the Bellagio surrounded by more than 300 guests.
All proceeds from the sale of each watch will go to support the charitable initiative of the World Boxing Council including the retired boxer’s pension and emergency fund in more than 40 countries around the world.
“Hublot feels proud and privileged to have joined the fight of the legends of this great sport,” says Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot. “These 12 unique pieces reflect the ‘fusion’ between the fierce competitors of the historic sport of boxing and the accomplishments of 450 years of Swiss Watch Making Art.”
“Boxers fight with the heart of a lion, they represent their family, neighborhood, city and their country… Once they are in the center of the ring, they give it all for their pride. All come from humble beds and find the glory and the lights in their sport of boxing. These champions are kind, gentle, and giving and motivate generations to try to succeed in life.” says WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
The 12 unique pieces mimic the look of the iconic championship belt awarded to the world’s best fighters. The model is a fierce blend of modernism with graphic design. Each is made of 18-karat King Gold, black ceramic and titanium with a powerful 48 -mm diameter and presents idolistic boxing features including a 3 mns special counter and the World Boxing symbol on the back case with the name of each of the fighters. The Fitted strap is fashioned from Porosus Hornback green alligator and spare black rubber strap.
The watches will be sold by world renowned auctioneer, Malcolm Barber, chief operating officer of Bonhams, at an auction beginning at 9 p.m. on Sept. 29. Bids for the unique timepieces can be placed in person at the event, live online, on the telephone or via absentee bid. The winners will be invited to join Mr. Barber in the ring to receive their watch from the fighter himself.
View the watches online at http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20968.
Tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime watch auction experience are available for purchase through the World Boxing Council. Tickets are $1,000 per person or offered in tables of eight people.