The ongoing UEFA Europa League is regarded as the 52nd season of Europe's secondary club football tournament, organised by UEFA. It is also considered the 14th season since the original name, UEFA Cup, was changed to UEFA Europa League. With Hublot being its official timekeeper, the luxury watch brand has now launched its new Classic Fusion Chronograph UEFA Europa League Ceramic timepiece (Ref.541.CM.1479.RX.UEL23), limited to only 100 pieces. As the 2022-23 season started in September and Puskás Aréna, Budapest is all set to host the finals, exciting days have indeed arrived for all football fans, who will see referees sporting the new Classic Fusion Chronograph UEFA Europa League Ceramic watches.
Hublot has been associated with football since 2006, when it sponsored the Swiss National Football Team, becoming the first luxury brand to enter the world of football. The final of the current tournament will be played at Budapest's Puskás Aréna on May 31. Here, the top three teams in each of the eight groups, which qualified for the main knockout round along with the eight third-placed teams in the Champions League group phase, qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage. They also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League in the 2023 UEFA Super Cup.
Each of the 42 mm Classic Fusion Chronograph UEFA Europa League Ceramic timepieces comes with a black ceramic bezel with six visible screws. The black sunray dial comes with a 30-minute subdial at 9 o’clock and the ‘EUROPA LEAGUE’ logo-printed seconds counter can be found at 3 o’clock.
The watch comes with a date window at 6 o’clock, sword-shaped hour, minute hands and an orange-tipped central chronograph hand. The watch is powered by an in-house, self-winding Calibre HUB1153 movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over reveals the black ceramic caseback with the engraving of ‘Hublot’ and ‘UEFA Europa League’.
There is also an engraving of the trophy on the oscillating weight, along with that of ‘Limited Edition’ as well as the individual watch number out of 100. Six visible screws can be spotted too. The watch is finished on a black-lined rubber strap with a black-plated stainless steel deployant buckle clasp.