13 Sep 2012
Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Jeff Fenech, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Azumah Nelson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya and George Foreman with WBC President Jose Sulaiman Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver & Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe will celebrate and support the inauguration of the WBC Pension Fund, and present their Legends Hublot timepieces Collection to be auctioned by Bonhams on September 29th.
The 12 winning bidders will receive their watch from the fighter himself. All proceeds will go to support the charitable initiative of the WBC.
In Las Vegas on September 29th at the Bellagio Hotel, the Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot and the World Boxing Council will host a one-time event and auction by international auctioneers, Bonhams, in Las Vegas that will unite 12 boxing greatest legends, not to fight in the ring, but to battle for the needs of their constituents.
Twelve unique watches, each of which commemorates the world's 12 greatest boxers to grace the ring, will be auctioned by Bonhams for WBC Pension Fund that evening. The 12 winning bidders will receive their watch from the fighter himself on a staged ring set at the luxurious Bellagio Hotel, surrounded by more than 300 guests. All proceeds from the sale of each watch will go to support the charitable initiative of the World Boxing Council including the retired boxer's pension and emergency fund in over 40 countries around the world.
Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, says: "Hublot feels proud and privileged to have joined the fight of the legends of this great sport. These twelve unique pieces which are reflecting the "fusion" between the fierce competitors of the historic sport of boxing and the accomplishments of 450 years of Swiss Watch Making Art". For fans of Boxing and Hublot alike, this is a One-Time opportunity to attend an extraordinary evening with the legends of boxing themselves and/or to acquire a highly exclusive "Knockout" King Power WBC model."
"Boxers fight with the heart of a lion, they represent their family, neighborhood, city and their country... Once they are in the center of the ring, they give it all for their pride. All come from humble beds and find the glory and the lights in their sport of boxing. These champions are kind, gentle, and giving and motivate generations to try to succeed in life." says WBC President, Jose Sulaiman.
About the 12 unique WBC Chronograph wristwatches
The 12 unique pieces mimic the look of the iconic championship belt awarded to the world's best fighters. The model is fierce blend of modernism with a graphic design. It is made of 18K King Gold, black ceramic and titanium with a powerful 48 mm diameter and presents idolistic boxing features including a 3 mns special counter and the World Boxing symbol on the back case with the name of each of the fighter's. Fitted strap in Porosus Hornback green alligator and spare black rubber strap.
The auction – How to bid?
The watches will be sold by world renowned auctioneer, Malcolm Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Bonhams at an auction beginning at 9pm on September 29, 2012. Bids for the unique timepieces can be place in person at the event, live online, on the telephone or via absentee bid. The winners will be invited to join Mr. Barber in the ring to receive their watch from the fighter himself. An online preview of the unique timepieces is available before the auction at:
How to attend
A Legendary evening presented by Hublot & WBC» Tickets to this once in a lifetime watch auction experience are available for purchase through the World Boxing Council. Tickets are $1000 per person or offered in tables of 8 people. Please contact Salvador Briman at email@example.com for details.
About the World Boxing Council
The World Boxing Council, under the leadership of President Don Jose Sulaiman, is the world's largest sports sanctioning body. Embracing 164 countries and 10 Federations it is the proud owner of the Green Belt, the highest form of recognition a champion boxer can receive. The WBC also has a history of altruism and concern for it's constituents. Whether it's the Medical Congress they established in 1984, the enormous contributions to UCLA's Neurological program, WBC Cares Social Program and the reduction to 12 rounds for championship fights ; the well being of the athlete has always come first. This Pension Fund is just one more way for the WBC to show their love and appreciation of the great talent involved in the sport Boxing.
"Hublot? A different way to progress" say those who know this unique Swiss watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, initiated and developed by Hublot's Chairman Jean-Claude Biver with CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, these two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion and Masterpieces represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. From watch complications and revolutionary materials to world class collaborations such as FIFA World Cup™, Formula 1™, Ferrari, Manchester United, the Miami HEAT and numerous charitable endeavors, Hublot characterizes itself through the "Art of Fusion" philosophy, bringing tradition into the future "to continue to wow the world of watchmaking!" On a commercial level, the network of approved retailers has grown rapidly and currently stands at 650 points of sale and more than 40 exclusive boutiques around the world. (Geneva, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Miami, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Ginza...). For more information, visit www.hublot.com
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com