Edwin van der Sar and his trophy
Kee Hua Chee with his trophy
This guy with his trophy jersey
Dr Kenny Chan, group managing director of The Hourglass and Edwin Van Der Sar showing off the new King Power Red Devil
Can't see clearly? Here is the close-up
Wear this killer and you score without having to kick the ball!
Questions from the media
His nose is quite long too to match his height
At 41, he still looks hot and sexy
His fans went wild taking pictures of their idol
His commanding height impressed everyone as he looked even taller in real life
If we stretch him diagonally, his limbs would cover the length and width of the goal post! No wonder he could stop the ball from entering. At 178cm I would have some difficulty
DR KENNY CHAN, GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE HOURGLASS HOSTED EDWIN VAN DER SAR TO CELEBRATE MANCHESTER UNITED'S 12 DAY CHAMPIONS TROPHY TOUR OF ASIA.
5th JULY 2011 WILL BE THE DAY FANS OF MANCHESTER UNITED'S EDWIN VAN DER SAR WILL REMEMBER AS THEY GET TO MEET THIS SUPER GOALKEEPER.
THERE WAS A SEA OF RED AS MEMBERS OF MANCHESTER UNITED SUPPORTERS CLUB (MALAYSIAN BRANCH) CAME IN FULL FORCE WEARING THE CLUB'S T-SHIRTS AND MANDATORY RED COLOURS.
S.G Yon, GM of The Hour Glass welcoming the children of the Yang DiPertuan Agong and Permaisuri Agong
Y.A.M Tengku Nadhirah Zahrah and Y.A.M Tengku FAtmatuz Zahra with Laurence How, branch secretary of Manchester United Supporters Club (Malaysian Branch) and S.G Yon, general manager of The Hour Glass.
The arrival of the MU goalie caused a sensation
The children of the King and Queen of Malaysia, YAM Tg Nadhirah Zahrah and YAM Tg Fatmatuz Zahra and their friends Marisa, Mahathir and Han Yi.
The royal children happily snapping away
One for the royal album
Edwin van der Sar busy autographing
None can accuse Edwin van der Sar of being short and I am considered tall for an Asian and I am just hovering at his armpit
Edwin van der Dar autographing for Daim Hishammudin, the 13 year old who is being sponsored by Hublot for karting and he could well be the next Alex Yoong or Formula One champion!
Daim Hishammudin, 13, is already an ace go-kart racer and is going places with the sponsorship of Hublot who recognises and supports bright sparks like him
Dr Kenny Chan, Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass with Daim Hishammudin andhis proud parents Hishammudin Hasan and Suhailah Hashim.
Edwin van der Sar with the finalists of Ford Supermodels
Dr Kenny Chan with the supertall models and Alexander Quay, son of Datuk Nancy Yeoh of RA PR
Dr Kenny Chan with the Ford supermodels and handsome young model Alexander Quay and the trophy!
I am never slow to join
I must say my teeth are whiter than the supermodels, thanks to Datuk Dr Sean Paul of Living Well
Hishammudin Hasan, Daim Hisgammudin and Nicholas Hofmann of Moser
Dr Kenny Chan and Nicholas Hofmann were not slow to join either
Daren Chua with S.G Yon
Dr Kenny Chan with fans Ahmad Rahman, Ahmad Asnawi and Shiob Abdullah
Tracy Tan and Jolene Teo
Estee and Kenneth Soo of Ultimate Supercars
What a goalie! Edwin Van De Sar scored bigtime for Hublot the world famous cutting edge watch as hundreds of fans swamped the normally sedate Starhill to catch a glimpse of their hero. Andrew Cole was supposed to come too but he sent his apologies but not addressed to me so who cared? Anyway Edwin van der Sar made up for it as he was quite jolly and easy going and at 6ft 6inches at least (he could be 7 ft or 2 metres as I reached his armpit which smelled very nice but I forgot to ask which deodorant or perfume he was wearing.
Even the children of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia came to say hello to Edwin, take photos with him and of him and of course get his autograph. The children came with royal minders and nannies and were so well behaved and undemanding I was impressed. If I were the son of the Yang DiPertuan Agong I would have demanded some goal post demonstration and a private audience and let the peasants wait outside Hublot boutique.
Jacob Yeoh and his sister arrived somewhat late and they too were meek and mild, waiting patiently with the plebeians outside the boutique whose glass doors were closed by security personnel. As Jacob Yeoh is heir apparent to the YTL throne and his daddy Tan Sri Francis Yeoh and grand father Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay own Starhill, they could have hijacked the whole event and dictate the show or else increase the rent a hundredfold.
As I was leaving, he called out to me and I almost dropped my RM 5,800 limited edition Leica camera as he was standing with the crowd. The situation was rather amusing as his bodyguards were standing with him too. So I summoned some minion from inside Hublot boutique who let him and his entourage inside. Edwin van der Sar was benig interviewed so they had to wait to see the great goalie. But due to me, myself and I, Jacob Yeoh, sister Rebecca and friends were safe and sound inside and not getting elbowed outside. I must say the higher ranking and richer these people are, the more easy going, accommodating and patient they are. From my experience, only those with a toehold in and on the way up are so actsy lansi!
This 41 year old has played for Ajax, Juventus and Fulham and will retire next year. When asked what would he be doing, he replied "Enjoy life and stay in Malaysia!". What a brilliant PR answer. Bet he says the same thing in every city! But this is life and we would be so miffed if he were to say "Enjoy life and stay in Singapore"!
Inside the Hublot boutique, he posed for photos, signed posters of him and posed for more photos as he showed off his new Hublot watch the size of a football field. Due to his towering height, those outside could still see him clearly which was a bonus. All stars should be this tall and midgets must be made to walk on stilts so their fans can see them from a hundred paces.
MANCHESTER UNITED HOLDS CHAMPIONS TROPHY TOUR IN ASIA
HUBLOT PRESENTS KING POWER RED DEVIL IN KUALA LUMPUR
Manchester United, Barclays Premier League Champions,
and Swiss watch luxury brand, Hublot hosted a reception at the Hublot Boutique, as part of
the Club’s twelve days Champions Trophy Tour of Asia. Manchester United’s legendary star,
Edwin Van der Sar accompanied the trophy during the stopover in Kuala Lumpur. As THE
official timekeeper and long term partner of Manchester United, Hublot shows its highest
respect to the Club and congratulates them on their historic 19th English league title which
they gained in May 2011.
A club with an exceptional record and iconic players, this legendary soccer team boasts over
132 years of history during which time they have won 36 major trophies. Since 1878,
Manchester United has crystallized the world’s passion for soccer. The team, an embodiment
of great ambitions, has partnered with Hublot, their official timekeeper since 2008. A huge
Hublot clock tower welcomes visitors and supporters at the main entrance at Old Trafford
In tribute to this fantastic partnership, Hublot has developed three limited editions : Red
Devil Bang I in black ceramic with only 500 pieces, Red Devil Bang II in red gold with only 100
pieces, and in 2011, the newly launched King Power Red Devil in Ceramic and King Gold.
These three models are equipped with a 45-minute chronograph movement especially
designed for counting down each half of a football game and incorporate the slightly
rebellious Red Devils emblem on the dial.
The King Power Red Devil is equipped for the first time with a chronograph movement
distinguished by two centre chronograph hands. This makes for better readability - quicker
and more efficient. The wearer can keep track of both hands at a glance; the first indicates
the seconds, and the other hand, specially developed for football, indicates the time elapsed
out of the 45 minutes in each half.
With a sapphire dial, the movement – here in an Aero Bang version - has also undergone new
skeleton working, leaving it more open to reveal even more of the working parts of the watch
and its fine mechanics. The topside retains only the material necessary for it to function.
This is coated with black ruthenium for a beautiful overall effect of homogeneity, and clearer
reading. Predominantly red, the minute track, a time counter at 9 o'clock and a date window
at 4 o'clock round off the piece, stamped with the famous, slightly rebellious Red Devils
emblem at 3 o'clock. In a nod to Old Trafford's more than one hundred year-old turf, the
focus of all attention, the watch indexes come in a natural grass-green colour, obtained using real blades of grass from Old Trafford, picked and preserved especially by the club's grounds men for the making of this limited series. It took Hublot 6 months of development to stabilise the plant material and its original colour, including against UV and temperature differences. The freeze-dried blades of grass were inserted into the indexes through an all-new process, and then coated with a special transparent lacquer to secure them permanently.
The King Power case – 48 mm in diameter and here in micro-blasted black ceramic or in 18K King Gold - has been revamped. Its two push-buttons have been redesigned, and are now each protected by a little safety bar, which is completely built in either side of the crown. Moreover, in a final reference to the legendary club and bringing a last aesthetic touch to the piece, the black rubber strap has a red line in the center, directly inspired by Manchester United's graphic charter.
This limited edition is produced in 500 numbered pieces for the micro-blasted black ceramic version and in 250 pieces for the King Gold 18K version. Every watch is accompanied by a certificate guaranteeing its authenticity, signed personally by Sir Alex Ferguson.
MILESTONES OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HUBLOT AND MANCHESTER UNITED
On Oct.2008 Hublot announced it would be the official timekeeper of Manchester United and launched the Red Devil Bang I to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the club and their their double victory - one in the Premier League and one in the Champions’ League.
Jul. 2009 Manchester United club visit China. Hublot and MU hosted the “One Million Dollar Goal” in Hangzhou to collect charity funds for the “Hope Education Foundation” which was established by Li Xinjie, Xu Ruyun etc.
Aug. 2009 A ten meters tall “Hublot tower clock” was unveiled in the legendary Old Trafford Stadium.
Oct. 2009 Hublot developed 100 limited edition of Red Devil Bang II in red gold
Jul. 2010 Hublot and Manchester United launched One Million Dollar “Goal for United for Unicef Challenge” in New York City. In the last few years, the United for Unicef has collected more than two million pounds and helped more than two million two hundred thousand children to improve their life.
May, 7th, 2011 Hublot launched the King Power Red Devil for Manchester United on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford Stadium.
King Power Red Devil
TECHNICAL DETAILS JUST IN CASE YOU NEED THEM!
Series Limited to 500 pieces for the micro-blasted version
Numbered from No. 01/500 to No. 500/500
Limited to 250 pieces for the King Gold 18K version
Numbered from No. 01/250 to No. 250/250
Case “King Power”, diameter 48 mm
Micro-blasted black ceramic or King Gold 18K
Bezel Micro-blasted black ceramic or circular satin-finished ceramic with black rubber moulding
6 H-shaped relief black PVD titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin with push-piece guard at 3 o'clock.
Case-back Micro-blasted black ceramic or circular satin-finished King Gold 18K
Crown Black PVD steel, with black rubber insert
Push-piece Black PVD steel with black and red rubber moulding
Water resistance 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres
Dial Sapphire, indexes made from grass from the hallowed turf of Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium, date window at 4 o'clock, Red Devil logo at 3 o'clock.
Hands Satin-finished, black nickel with red luminescent coating
Movement HUB4245 skeleton chronograph with central 45’ counter
Bridges Micro-blasted & bevelled, with black galvanic coating
Screws Steel, polished & locked
Oscillating weight Monobloc in heavy metal with ceramic ball bearings
Main plate Micro-blasted with black galvanic coating
Barrel With reinforced spring
Escapement Swiss lever escapement with silicon pallet fork and escapement wheel
Power Reserve 72 hours
Wristlet Adjustable black rubber strap
Clasp Black PVD titanium deployant buckle
Decorative plate in micro-blasted black ceramic or King Gold 18K