The Hublot King of Russia is a tribute and gift to the global community of Russophiles and luxury watch lovers combined, but its exclusivity makes it hard to obtain. There were only 25 of these watches made, and sitting in front of me, is one of them. This watch is limited in production, but in spite of its rareness, it is its distinction that makes it desirable to watch collectors worldwide.
The Hublot King of Russia is homage to the Moscow Kremlin, which is a defense complex found within the heart of Moscow and overlooks St. Basil’s Cathedral. Four of the towers of the Moscow Kremlin were initially decorated with eagles. On August 23, 1935 the eagles were removed, and restored with five-pointed stars. It was said that in the sun, the stars shined so bright, the glow almost looked supernatural.
What makes this Hublot deserve the title of King of Russia is the single golden star at the 12-hour mark representing the supernatural glow of the legendary Kremlin stars. On the case back of the watch is a golden painting of the St. Basel’s Cathedral on a white base. With its skeletonized dial and case back, it’s almost as if the Kremlin towers are overlooking the Cathedral, just like they do in Moscow.
This luxury timepiece signifies the rich and flamboyant wealth of the Russian Empire. If you’re the type of man who likes to make his presence known, this is the watch for you. The King of Russia does not go by unnoticed! This Hublot is a manifestation of power. Between the connection to Russian dominance and sovereignty, this watch will make you feel like an Oligarch.
The horn back alligator strap stitched into the rubber lining, fastens around your wrist like a mold with its adjustable clasp to fit my 6 ½ inch wrist. The weight of the watch and the protruding case should make the watch difficult to wear for a man with my wrist size, but surprisingly I’m able to carry it, although not effortlessly, and feel as if I’m the King of my own Empire. Ideally, the watch would be a better fit for a man with about a 7 inch or larger wrist, who ways around 200 pounds, if not more. I also think it looks incredible on men who have olive colored skin. The watch also pairs beautifully with my Lamborghini Huracan with its asymmetrical design and flow. I love the partial exhibition dial, which makes me feel as if I belong within the inner circle of royalty.
Although I love the watch, I need to remind you that it’s not a classic, like a Patek Philippe Nautilus, but it has its own distinction. You can look at it as more of a specialty piece It has a shelf life of about five years but those years will be lived in sovereignty and if you own the King of Russia, the lifespan doesn’t really matter, because you’ll enjoy every second of it!