Hublot, the official timekeeping sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has produced a special edition watch for the football tournament – the Big Bang Referee as it is called will run on Google’s new Wear OS and has the same Intel Atom Z34XX processor that powers 2017’s Tag Heuer smartwatch. The Big Bang Referee flaunts a 35.4mm watch-face, 400 x 400 AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a battery life of 410mAh; which could last up to 24-hours.
What makes the watch special though? Apart from a limited number of 2,018 pieces produced and a price tag of about $5,200, Hublot added World Cup-themes to match its beauty. The watch will also display a countdown to the World Cup which is a couple months out, but it’s hard to know precisely how long and once the games begin, users can get notifications of match start times, live match stats and to give users the perfect experience, the watch vibrates and shows the word “GOAL” whenever a goal is scored.
Speaking of goals, a special version of this watch was also produced and it will actually be worn by the referees at this year’s edition of the World Cup while it also interfaces with the goal-line technology. As we all know in football matches that already use goal-line technology, referees use more basic watches to get notified when a goal has been recognized by the automatic system however, henceforth, they will now have all the features of the Big Bang Referee smartwatch in order to keep them entertained during breaks. A version of this watch was already tested discreetly by some referees during a couple of FIFA competitions in 2017, so hopefully all its glitches have been fixed.
Without mincing words, it is nice to see custom-built software in a limited edition watch that is beyond exotic materials and flashy design.