Hublot loves football! The luxury Swiss watch company – first, unique, different – is delighted to announce the unveiling of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 202 Official Countdown Clock.
Sunday marked one year until the tournament gets under way on November 21, 2022. The countdown started with a kick-off from French FIFA World Cup winner and Hublot Friend of the Brand, the legendary Marcel Desailly, who was joined on stage by coach Sami Trabelsi and local ambassador Adel Khamis.
The clock, which forms part of a striking sculpture that stands 5,75 metres high, will stand on the Qatar capital Doha’s Corniche Fishing Spot, a beautiful pier overlooking the shimmering waters of the Persian Gulf.
“Exactly one year to go,” said Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. “The world will be brought together during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in a festival of football like never before.
“Once again, Hublot is so proud and so excited to be the tournament’s Official Timekeeper and to be timing every match, right through to the final on December 18th 2022. This will be the fourth time we’ve performed the role, a great honour that will put Hublot on television screens in living rooms all over the world.
“Football, or soccer as it’s known in the US, is such a beautiful, intricate game that brings pleasure – and sometimes pain – to billions of people around the globe.
“The discipline of mechanical watchmaking is a perfect fit. The best teams run like clockwork, Hublot loves football.”
Hublot became the first luxury company to enter football in 2006. It first timed the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010, a role it reprised four years later in Brazil and then again in Russia in 2018.
The company is now the first name in football timekeeping, with partnerships and timekeeping responsibilities for the UEFA European Championships (known as the Euros), the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League.
It’s also the Official Watch of some of the world’s most prestigious football clubs, including Juventus, Chelsea, Ajax and Benfica, and is proud to count a number of the game’s most celebrated individuals as Ambassadors, including Pele, Jose Mourinho, Didier Deschamps and superstar French striker Kylian Mbappe.