2012/05/04 - Hublot the new King Power Alinghi 4000!

Hublot alongside Alinghi to proudly represent Switzerland and Swiss Made expertise on waters around the world. 

Today, at the Société Nautique de Genève, to mark the Décision 35 Alinghi's first race outing, Ernesto Bertarelli and Jean-Claude Biver are together unveiling the watch created in tribute to their partnership. 

This partnership is a story of friendship, a human story. It is about mutual loyalty based on a shared passion for the sea and sailing, a love of sport and the quest for performance and for cutting-edge technological innovation, both in terms of materials and original technical developments. It is also about a powerful tie to Swiss Made and the Swiss colours. The two bosses, Ernesto Bertarelli and Jean-Claude Biver, have a shared set of values, as well as a shared concept of team spirit, hard work and effort, and respect.

After its commitments to Alinghi in 2009 and 2010 in the 33rd America’s Cup, Hublot is now renewing its partnership with the Swiss team in its big international challenges. Today, the Swiss watchmaking brand is particularly pleased to announce its presence on board the two monotype series boats chosen by Alinghi for the 2012 season: the Extreme 40 and the Décision 35. The former is taking to the open waters around the world in the highly rarefied Extreme 40 international circuit. The first two rounds took place in Oman at the end of February, and in Qingdao, China, a fortnight ago. The second boat – the Décision 35 Alinghi - will be in action on Lake Geneva. It sets sail from Geneva the first weekend in May – from the 4th to 6th – in the Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs.

To mark the occasion, Ernesto Bertarelli and Jean-Claude Biver have decided to unveil the new series of watches, limited to just 100 numbered pieces, on 4 May after the regattas at the Société Nautique de Genève. This is an ultra-technical watch designed to meet all the challenges of the maritime environment, a King Power Alinghi 4000 dive watch made completely from carbon – a material similar to that used in boat manufacture – able to withstand the extreme pressures found at depths of 4,000 metres, an exceptional technical achievement. An instrument developed and manufactured in Switzerland to push the limits of what is rational, and what is possible. It took no less than 18 months of research, development and testing to present the first model.

Ernesto Bertarelli remarked: "It is a great pleasure to welcome Hublot back on board Alinghi, and an honour to have as a partner a company which is devoted to representing the values of quality and Swiss Made expertise across the world".

Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, added: "Hublot is yet again demonstrating through this partnership its commitment to promoting Swiss values and Swiss technology; the fundamental values of Swiss Made, to which watchmaking as a whole is privileged to refer."

Hublot has always been close to the world of sailing and the sea, through its very name of course, but also through prestigious partnerships such as with Yacht Club Monaco, the Monaco Oceanographic Museum and its Institute, or the Real Club Nautico de Palma with the Copa Del Rey.

Supporting Alinghi is a clear choice for Hublot, which is already delighted with the magnificent forthcoming spectacle on waters around the world, as well as here in Switzerland on Lake Geneva.

2012 Calendar - Extreme 40 (World)

Act 1: Muscat, Oman - 28 February to 2 March 
Act 2: Qingdao, China – 17 to 20 April 
Act 3: Istanbul, Turkey – 7 to 10 June 
Act 4: Porto, Portugal – 5 to 8 July 
Act 5: Cardiff, UK – 30 August to 2 September 
Act 6: Trapani, Italy – 13 to 16 September 
Act 7: Nice, France – 18 to 21 October 
Act 8: Brazil – 29 November to 2 December

2012 Calendar - Decision 35 (Switzerland - Lake Geneva)
Act 1: Société Nautique de Genève, Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs - 4 to 6 May
Act 2: Crans-près-Céligny - 26 to 27 May
Act 3: Grand Prix Versoix – 8 to 10 June
Act 4: Geneva – Rolle - Geneva - 9 June
Act 5: Société Nautique de Genève, Bol d’Or - 16 to 17 June
Act 6: Grand Prix Tour Carrée - 25 to 26 August (TBC)
Act 7: Grand Prix Nyon – 8 to 9 September
Act 8: Grand Prix Clôture Société Nautique de Genève – 21 to 23 September

Technical Specifications

  • 731.QX.1140.NR.AGI12 
  • Limited to 100 pieces numbered from 01/100 to 100/100 
  • "King Power" - Diameter 48 mm 
  • Matt carbon fibre 
  • Matt carbon fibre 
  • 6 H-shaped black PVD titanium screws 
  • Sapphire with anti-reflective coating 
Bezel lug 
  • Black composite resin 
Lateral inserts 
  • Black composite resin 
2 o'clock crown 
  • Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert, red arrows 
Crown guard 
  • Black PVD titanium, "Diver 4000" engraved in red 
  • Black PVD titanium 
  • Satin-finished black PVD titanium with Alinghi logo 
Water resistance 
  • Certified to 400 ATM, equivalent to 4000 metres 
  • Matt black 
  • Satin-finished galvanic grey appliques with red SuperLuminova™ 
  • Alinghi logo applique at 6 o'clock 
  • Matt black, with red SuperLuminova™ 
  • Satin-finished galvanic black with red SuperLuminova™ 
  • Mechanical movement with automatic winding HUB1401 
No. of components 
  • 180 
  • 23 
Power reserve 
  • Approximately 42 hours 
  • Adjustable black rubber and Nomex strap with red stitching 
  • Supplied with 2nd black rubber strap 
  • King Power 48 mm ardillon buckle, in black ceramic