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Hublot Introduces Aero Bang Red Devil 26 for Man United’s Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa Hublot Charity Shooting Challenge

Luxury watchmakers Hublot have unveiled the Aero Bang Red Devil 26, a timepiece inspired by Manchester United player Shinji Kagawa. Hublot, who are the official timekeepers and watchmaker of the prestigious football club, created a special limited edition model bearing the star midfielder’s number.

This week Shinji Kagawa joined the Swiss manufacture to celebrate the unveiling of the Aero Bang Red Devil 26 with a “Hublot Charity Shooting” challenge. Kagawa shot balls at ten targets, each with a different monetary value, with Hublot donating the total sum from the successful shots to support young football players. In total, Kagawa raised a total of JPY$3,000,000 (approximately £20,686).

Beginning with a black carbon fiber case, this timepiece symbolizes Kagawa’s strength and flexibility. By controlling the release of air bubbles during the process of mold-pressing the carbon fiber sheeting (which can be up to 12 layers in the thickest parts) and treating it in a curing oven, the material is evened out, creating a higher level of durability. A red sapphire glass is colored by adding a special chemical element which prevents discoloration. The skeletal caseback bears a print of Kagawa’s jersey number (26) and his autograph. An alligator leather strap with a rubber lining and stitching in Manchester United’s signature red completes the look.

Only fifty Aero Bang Red Devil 26 watches will be produced worldwide, and each will be sold with a signed jersey.

Photos courtesy Hublot. 

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014