Hublot and Depeche Mode have already shared their passion for philanthropy on three occasions since 2010, and now the watchmaker and post-punk pioneers reunite once more to confirm their commitment to charity: water, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to bring potable water to people in developing countries. The latest partnership coincides with the band’s 14th album Spirit and their upcoming Global Spirit Tour, and is backed by another 250-piece limited edition timepiece. Like previous models, the Big Bang Unico Depeche Mode flaunts the distinctive Clous de Paris studs, this time in a 45mm knurled ceramic case carved with thousands of pyramids that extend to the crown, push buttons and indices. The watch is also adorned with a detachable studded cuff to emphasise the rocker vibe.
Zenith has been producing its “Tribute to The Rolling Stones” timepieces since 2014, but like a hidden track, the final edition exists without any fanfare or hype. It’s a bonus for faithful fans who’ve been following the collaboration, and besides, there’s no better publicity than having Mick Jagger’s “Hot Lips” plastered on the expansive dial of the Pilot Type 20 GMT. The in-your-face hologram of the most famous logo in rock effectively captures the essence of the legendary band (sex, defiance, Jagger’s big mouth), while jumbo numerals and ruthenium-plated faceted hands — both frosted with Super-LumiNova for added legibility — tell time over the decoration. The visual spectacle is framed within a 48mm DLC-coated titanium case and strapped with a rock-and-roll leather cuff with protective rubber lining, and is available in 200 limited pieces to conclude the partnership.
For a brand so attuned to music like Raymond Weil, celebrating its 40th anniversary with The Beatles in 2016 must’ve been a dream. So it’s no surprise that they’ve decided to continue the collaboration with an encore in the Maestro The Beatles “Abbey Road” Limited Edition watch, which pays homage to the last (and greates) album recorded by the Fab Four. Housed in a 39.5mm steel case, the dial mimics a vinyl record with engraved microgrooves, with the iconic silhouette of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr striding in sync across the world-famous pedestrian walkway on the fourth index. While the second limited edition of 3,000 pieces simply offers a classic three-hand display with date, its depiction of the timeless Abbey Road album cover elevates it to collector status for audiophiles.