Lot #3242A – Hublot Ashtray

Estimate: $600.00 – $1,000.00

Hublot promotional ashtray with carbon fiber accents.  The top edge of the ashtray resembles a carbon fiber bezel on a Hublot watch.  The side is engraved “The Art of Fusion.”  Accompanied by a fitted Hublot ashtray box.  Approximate dimensions of the ashtray are 140mm diameter x 30mm height.

The ashtray has some marks which appear to be from the box. The overall condition is very good.

In 1976, Carlo Crocco founded MDM Geneve which eventually become Hublot in 1980.  In 2004, Jean-Claude Biver was appointed CEO of Hublot and they introduced the Hublot Big Bang at Basel in 2005.  The Hublot brand is worn by celebrities and athletes world wide.  They’ve engaged in several high profile sponsorship with renown football teams such as Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax Amsterdam, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro, Formula 1, Scuderia Ferrari, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and more.  Iconic Hublot models include the Hublot Big Bang, Hublot Classic Fusion, and Hublot Spirit of Big Bang.

Yue Minjun (b. 1962, Heilongjiang, China) is an influential contemporary Chinese artist who uses his own face in frozen states of hysterical laughter – “Laughing Face,” Laughing Man,” and Laughing Men.”

According to Hublot`s press release:

“Hublot Collaborates with Top Chinese Artist Yue Minjun.”

The first Chinese zodiac watch released by Hublot in China eclectically represents traditional culture. The Classic Fusion Monkey Artistic Watch for the monkey year manifests the exceptional vigor of “being the first” through its unrestrained and marvelous fantasy about the Monkey King, an unorthodox hero. The Monkey King with his bright pink face grins on the blue dial, seemingly displaying his intrepid optimism and confidence against authority through an exaggerated facial expression. The bright yellow Golden Hoop around his head goes with the yellow kerchief around his neck.

The crescent of the Holden Hoop is painted at the number 12 position. Five Arabic dial numbers are in irregular forms. The mark at the position of number 4 stands for the team of one master and three disciples. The Arabic dial numbers 7 and 2 indicate Monkey King’s seventy-two metamorphoses. The positions of numbers 10 and 8 imaginatively imply the Monkey King and his master and two others successfully to get the scripture from the Western Heave that spans a distance of 108,000 li (a Chinese distance measure and 108,000 li is equivalent to approximately 54,000km). The golden crown ornamented with mark “H” is also very ingenious. When pulling the crown up to adjust the time, the wearer resembles the Monkey King picking his golden cudgel out of his ear.

The 41mm case has a bezel decorated by 6 of Hublot’s symbolic H-shaped titanium screws. Owing to the bold and smart fusion of rose pink, Chinese red and dark blue, the three models of classic monkey artistic watch are colorful and pleasant. The case and bezel of each model are made of different materials. Black ceramic is applied to the rose pink model, titanium to the dark blue one, and gold to the Chinese red one. Meanwhile, each model is fitted with natural rubber lined alligator skin strap with the same color for comfortable wearing and flexibility. Yue Minjun’s signature is printed on the caseback. The collectible rose pink and dark blue limited edition collections respectively contain 72 watches, suggesting Monkey King’s seventy-two metamorphoses. The Chinese red limited edition collection contains 12 watches as a tribute to the traditional cycle of 12 years in the Chinese lunar calendar.

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Brand:  Hublot
Model:  Ashtray
Approximate Dimensions:  140mm diameter x 30mm height