After bringing home five championship wins in the past, Brazil hosting this year's FIFA World Cup has riled up its fans even more than usual. Among these fans, it seems, are several watchmakers. This year's World Cup has yielded a few Brazil-inspired luxury watches for fans to wear with pride.
Hublot, the official timekeeper of the FIFA World Cup, has created a unique watch for the occasion. It's a first for Hublot to create a bi-retrograde function along with a central chronograph. Hublot has chosen the highest quality materials possible for its Big Bang Unico Watch. This was a large project for its engineers, as the fast motions of the chrono could not interfere with the accurate operation of the time display. Football is never out of mind, with the integrated bright yellow and green representing Brazil's national colours. Furthermore, the chrono's second and minute hands move in an arc of 45 minutes—one half of a football match—with an added area of 15 minutes for complementary time. There are Start, Stop and Reset buttons located on either side of the face.
Swiss watchmaker Bulgari's Octo Bi-Retro Brazil watch (main image) may not be the official watch of the World Cup, but it's certainly a luxurious and bright alternative. Bulgari has created a brightly coloured watch face, swathed in blue, green and yellow to celebrate Brazil. The Octo Bi-Retro watch is also available in other colours, but only 50 of these special Brazil editions will go on sale, each individually numbered.
Parmigiani Fleurier has contributed more understated watches to the lineup, and has unveiled four watches in two different collections for Brazil. While the colours may not be as blinding as those on Bulgari's men's watches, they are still evident. Blue in the background of the watch face, green in the five stars arranged in a circle for Brazil's five previous wins, and the band comes in either blue alligator leather or a yellow rubber strap with the team's logo embossed on it.
Parmigiani's women's watches have a smaller titanium case and 56 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel. The dial is covered in mother of pearl rather than a blue background, and the team's dark blue only spears as a frame on the minute and hour hands. The green stars in a circle stay in the women's model as they were in the men's, but the strap only comes in white alligator leather.
The Swiss brand also includes a 'transforma' watch, meant to be used as either a wristwatch, pocketwatch or miniature table clock. This piece comes with two different watch faces. The first is a chronograph with a black dial, blue hands, yellow numbers and green stars found at the top of the display; the second is an annual calendar timepiece with a blue background, yellow moon phase display and hands, and green stars found in the lunar display.
Another brand to contribute a festive watch is de Grisogono, which has added a special Brazil edition to its Tondo By Night collection. These watches are all colourful and bright, and utilize a unique luminescent material that, according to chronocollection.com, has never before been used in watchmaking. The Brazil edition is the only one that features more than one color, boasting a luminescent yellow band and both green and yellow pieces around the face. De Grisogono always includes gems to give its pieces a unique glamour, and this is no exception. The bezel is covered by 48 green tourmalines and there are three rows of yellow sapphires on the oscillating weight.
These four watchmakers have all found a way to celebrate Brazil as the host and five-time winner of the FIFA World Cup. The different styles will surely be a hit among every kind of fan, no matter their style preference, as each design is luxurious and beautiful while maintaining its own unique charms. Viva Brazil!