International megastar, martial arts champion, actor, philanthropic ambassador for social causes in China, Jet Li is a true living legend in his country. He is not only one of the greatest international actors in the kung-fu film world, but also a role model and hero to many generations in Asia. During the last few years, Jet Li has devoted his time and energy to promoting social development in his country, where he founded The One Foundation in 2006. A percentage of the profits from the sale of these watches will be donated by Hublot to this foundation.
Since 2010, Jet Li has been Hublot's leading ambassador in Asia. Therefore, Dalian in China was the natural choice for Hublot to unveil the Aero Bang Jet Li just before Christmas, the first watch created to pay tribute to the actor. Based on the iconic Big Bang design and in Hublot's famed, elegant matt black, this black ceramic watch is inspired by many aspects of Jet Li's life: the skeleton dial is a miniaturisation of the metal trellis found in the celebrated Shaolin temple in China – a symbol with dual significance for Jet Li: this Buddhist religious temple built in the 5th century is now also the home of martial arts training, in particular Chinese Kung-Fu. It is also the title of Jet Li's first film, which brought him to fame in the role of the defending monk. The accents of red, such as on the minute track and the stitching on the strap, are a clear reference to China. Lastly, the crystal on the case back has a transfer depicting Yin and Yang, as requested by Jet Li in reference to his life's philosophy, showing Yin (represented by the black) and Yang (the white). In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang are the two complementary categories that can be found in all aspects of life and the universe.
From the outset, Hublot has embodied design and innovation that differ markedly from the established watchmaking order. With the impetus provided by Jean-Claude Biver, by 2004 these values had already become the basis of a new DNA, leading the brand to develop particularly audacious timepieces – most of them with a highly-developed sporting aspect.Find out more >
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