As Hublot is the official timepiece sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it makes perfect sense for the Swiss watchmaker to create something dedicated to the showpiece event. The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia watch is that tribute, and a special version of it will be worn by referee Nestor Pitana during the France vs. Croatia final on Sunday.
The Big Bang Referee is no regular watch. The referees’ version connects to goal-line technology, vibrating when the ball crosses the line to give the ref the edge when the stakes are high and the big decisions need to be called.
For us regular Joes, this impressive piece of wrist candy has been made with football fanatics in mind. Not only does it feature a countdown to specific matches and notifies the wearer of a game's starting time, it delivers a bunch of live statistics and vibrates and displays the word "GOAL" whenever one is scored.
In terms of specs, the watch runs on Android Wear's rebranded Wear OS, boasts an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, has a 35.4mm watchface and 400x400 AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Oh, and it looks pretty nice, too — you can customize yours with different straps and displays to rep your country of choice.
And for a tidy price of approximately $5,200, it could be yours. Head over to Hublot for more information.
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