One of the most influential musical acts of all time, Depeche Mode has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has played to more than 30 million fans since its formation in 1981. In the English band’s 37-year career, it has released 55 singles, and in tribute to this incredible achievement, Swiss watchmaker Hublot has introduced a collection of 55 unique pieces of its Big Bang Unico model, which benefits Depeche Mode’s chosen partner — charity: water, a non-profit organisation that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Each of the watches features, on its dial, a disc that partially shows the image of the record cover it represents. The sapphire caseback of each watch features the entire cover of the single as well as the charity: water logo, which allows views of Hublot’s automatic movement. Each watch will be fitted with a strap in a colour specific to each model, completed with cuff straps in the same hue and rock-and-roll-inspired rubber studs.
A final detail that makes the Big Bang Depeche Mode collection even more exclusive: A Roland JP-08 synthesiser will accompany each watch. A limited-edition synthesiser module from the Roland Boutique series, the JP-08 pays homage to and recreates the sounds of the legendary Roland Jupiter 8 synth that Depeche Mode has used over the years. Meanwhile, luggage manufacturer Rimowa has created a cabin-size Topas Stealth suitcase in anodised black aluminium to showcase this unique collection. This sleek custom-made case will protect each package — the unique timepiece, synthesiser, corresponding vinyl single and certificate of authenticity signed by the band.