Culminating a two year effort, Hublot & Depeche Mode hosted a rockinspired gala dinner inclusive of an exceptional live auction. The event coincides with the end of Depeche Mode’s 2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour in Moscow, celebrates a longstanding partnership between Hublot & Depeche Mode, and benefits charity: water, a not-for-profit association whose mission is to ensure a clean water supply in developing countries.
The auction comprised three exceptional lots which will be personally presented by Depeche Mode that very evening, complementing the sale of the two Hublot Depeche Mode limited editions (the first a black ceramic model which sold in 2013, the second, steel, sold in 2014) and the 10 exceptional box sets presented in Paris in January. The three unique lots up for auction this evening in Moscow are as follows:
- Lot 1: The "Depeche Mode Tourbillon": a unique Hublot Tourbillon timepiece with a Depeche Mode Platinum Disc. This is a unique, exceptional piece commemorating the Depeche Mode Delta Machine Tour and the band's partnership with Hublot and charity: water. A skeleton Grand Complication in a black titanium tonneau case with a thermo-moulded black calfskin strap with Clous de Paris pattern and shapes, tone-on-tone black stitching, stitched onto black rubber with a deployant buckle. This piece has been created by Hublot especially for the Moscow event, and is provided along with a signed, framed Depeche Mode Delta Machine platinum disc commemorating the album's platinum status in Russia.
- Lot 2: An exceptional box set containing a signed guitar and a unique Big Bang Depeche Mode Steel watch with a red central chronograph hand (different from the standard version), engraved with the word "Moscow". This "Moscow" box set is one of a collection of 10 box sets created for 10 places which hold a special significance for Depeche Mode, the others being Paris, New York, Basildon, Los Angeles, Milan, Warsaw, Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg.
- Lot 3: This watch, numbered 000/250 in the Depeche Mode 2014 limited edition series and featuring a steel chronograph, thermo-moulded tone-on-tone calfskin strap bracelet forming a "stud" design. This watch has been auctioned along with three items of clothing worn by members of Depeche Mode on-stage during their world tour! Starting Price: $35,000. 100% of the purchase price will also go to charity: water.
Martin Gore, member of Depeche Mode, stated: "I am particularly pleased that, as a band and with the support of our loyal friend Hublot, we can organise this exceptional auction to raise money for our friends at charity: water and contribute to making a real difference in countries struggling to survive without access to drinking water. The money raised should help to make a real difference."
Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO, added: "This unique collaboration is part of our ongoing special relationship with Depeche Mode. We first met in 2010 and hit it off straight away. If our friendship can make a difference, then we must not hesitate since connection is all about sharing. If you don't share, you miss out. Hublot is in a fortunate position, and has a duty to share some of its success with those who need it."