To commemorate the beginning of their fruitful partnership, Hublot have released the special edition “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” replica watches with black crocodile straps. Limited to only 113 pieces to celebrate 113 years since Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s inception in 1904, the “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” is one badass looking watch. As a football (or soccer) enthusiast, I think it’s wonderful to see watchmaking brands and footballing institutions coming together to create timepieces of passion, reflecting both the watchmaking atelier’s genome and the rich history of such an iconic sporting club.
Now onto the piece itself, and I must say, I am a fan. The black schematic theme that Hublot have implemented is quite breathtaking. I am a huge advocate of full-black watches. I find them versatile, good looking and super wearable. The Classic Fusion Chronograph “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” Special Edition replica watches further reinforce my thoughts about full-black watches. But with those hints of red on the dial and black alligator leather strap, the whole piece comes to life. The 45mm wide, 13mm thick satin-finished and polished black ceramic case is a work of art. It’s a simple design that has resonated with Hublot for years now, and it’s one that we will identify with Hublot for many years to come. The bezel is also made of the same material as the case, and the uniformity of the piece comes together quite effortlessly. The matte black dial is simple and informative. The time function is where you’d expect it to be, the date window at 6 o’clock is subtle and welcoming, and the added BSL17 logo on the 3 o’clock sub-dial counter reminds you just how special this piece is.
Turn the piece over and the magic continues with the automatic Hublot calibre HUB1143. Ticking at 4Hz over about 42 hours of consecutive timekeeping, this calibre is in itself a workhouse. Imagine something containing 280 components moving along effortlessly while you go about the day. Therein lies the magic of any mechanical watch. The artistry and symbolic nature of the piece continues onto the back of the piece, too. Renowned Portuguese artist Diogo Machado has created the story of the Hublot-Benfica partnership into the ceramic. He has combined the representation of an eagle, motifs inspired by the watch’s movement, the red colour emblematic of Benfica’s club colours with the torn and overlaid images typical of his work to create a micro work of art at the back of the black dials HUblot Classic Fusion copy watches.
While I’m not a fan of Benfica, I do respect their heritage and what they’ve done for Portuguese football. I think it’s wonderful when such iconic and highly regarded watchmaking brands like Hublot take the time to integrate themselves in other passionate ventures, like football. Benfica join the ranks of Chelsea, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Ajax to be part of a family of footballing giants supported by a horological giant, Hublot. The Hublot fake watches with self-winding movements are interesting and well designed. The integration of Benfica’s motifs onto the dial and caseback adds that element of exclusivity to the lucky purchaser of the piece (no doubt a Benfica fanatic, too!). While I’m unsure of pricing (of which I will update this article as soon as I have it confirmed), I don’t expect this piece to be super expensive. A solid daily wearer with a touch of footballing passion, how can you go wrong?