November 28 2015 marked Bruce Lee’s 75th birthday. To commemorate the martial artist and his exclusive philosophy, Hublot invited the Bruce Lee Foundation to participate in the design of the “Legend Never Dies: Bruce Lee 75th anniversary Memorial Exhibition” and the limited edition “Spirit of Big Bang for Bruce Lee” to represent the fusion between East and West
“Icon of the 20th century, and one of the most influential martial artists of all time, Bruce Lee’s life embodies the art of fusion. An east-west cultural fusion. Based on his personal martial arts philosophy, he broke the traditional boundaries of different martial art styles and created a new spirit: Jeet Kune Do. By joining hands with the Bruce Lee Foundation, Hublot has set up a memorial exhibition and created a watch as a tribute to the pioneer of an era, an immortal legend.” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO, Hublot
Divided into two parts, the exhibition was held at the Gateway Arcade in Harbour City – Hong Kong and was open to the public from November 23rd through to November 29.
Entitled “Retrospective of movies and treasures of Bruce Lee,” the theme reflects Bruce Lee’s iconic colors: yellow and black. The exhibition featured five sets of Bruce Lee’s iconic pieces provided by the Foundation, including his tang-style kung fu jacket recalling his silhouette of grandmaster, Bruce Lee’s personal genuine copy of the “Way of the Dragon” script, originally titled “Enter the Dragon”, the script reflects the original titles. There is also “The Game of Death” script cover, with scene breakdown and sketches, handwritten and drawn by Bruce Lee, illustrating his vision of the pagoda, and the copy of the life mask of Kato in “The Green Hornet”.
Hublot created the ‘Mirror Bruce Lee’, a cylindrical glass photo frame featuring Bruce Lee’s classic kung fu fighting stances. Made of glass fragments, it plays on 3D special effects, integrating the Hublot chronograph movement and Bruce Lee in the same time and space.There was also a display of the most representative classic photos of Bruce Lee selected by the Foundation.
Spirit of Big Bang Limited Edition for Bruce Lee 75th Anniversary is inspired by the dragon pattern on Bruce Lee’s desk, this tribute possesses the spirit of the martial arts legend and the pure DNA of Hublot. In a limited edition of – what else – 75 pieces, it features a tonneau case in all black microblasted ceramic.
The watch is powered by HUB4700, an automatic winding skeletonized movement with a 50-hour power reserve. The date display window is at 4:30 and the chronograph displays seconds at 9 o’clock, minutes at 3 o’clock and hours at 6 o’clock. The strap reflects Bruce Lee’s favorite colors of black and gold in alligator leather sewn on natural rubber.