At the opening ceremony for the 36th Hublot boutique, Ilie Nastase, one of the world’s greatest tennis legends, joined Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver, and Time Products Chairman Marcus Margulies, to present the Nastie Bang.
The Nastie Bang is a special edition featuring just 132 pieces.
Why 132? Because Ilie Nastase won 132 titles during his career: 87 titles in single & 45 in double.
Following the opening in the last two months of boutiques in the centre of Place Vendôme in Paris, Madison Avenue in New York, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour in Miami and Ginza in Japan, Hublot is continuing its expansion into the world’s most prestigious locations with the opening of its 36th boutique at 31 New Bond Street in London with Time Products. Since it was built in around 1700, New Bond Street, at the heart of Mayfair, has gradually become a centre of prestige and luxury, and is now renowned for the extraordinary number of major luxury brands
which have set up there.
The boutique opened on the 22nd June 2011, with Ilie Nastase joining Marcus Margulies, Chairman of Time Products and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot to present the Nastie Bang. Ilie Nastase was the first player ever to top the ATP rankings, holding the position for 40 consecutive weeks. He is also one of the most successful players in tennis history, with 132 titles to his name.
Created in his honour, the Nastie Bang is the result of a great cooperation between Hublot and the Nastase team, namely Dan Vardie from CAESAR Club and Sorin Popa who worked with great passion for this special edition featuring just 132 pieces. The development process for some of the watch components was directly inspired by the world of tennis.
The watch is a 44 mm Big Bang – HUB 4100 automatic chronograph movement – in black ceramic and featuring red and yellow details to reflect the colours of the flag of Romania – Ilie Nastase’s home country. His signature appears as a transfer at 6 o’clock under the sapphire crystal, and the left carriage is decorated with the Romanian flag. On the dial side, two counters feature tennis-inspired imagery: the 60-second counter positioned at 9 o’clock reveals the points awarded in a game of tennis: “15 – 30 – 40 – game Nastase” and a 30-minute counter positioned at 3 o’clock is stamped with a tennis ball. Finally, the case-back is emblazoned with a transfer of the player in action.