His name is synonymous with freedom, hope and dignity, the father of today's democratic and multi-racial South Africa. Nelson Mandela became the country's first black President in 1994, also known as "Madiba" – who passed away in 2013 at the age of 95. He was without a doubt, one of the world's most influential spokesmen on human rights and his name is now revered all around the world.
Today, in collaboration with the House of Mandela foundation created by the Mandela family, Hublot has decided to pay tribute to him by unveiling the Classic Fusion House of Mandela. It is a homage both to his exceptional character, and to the legacy that he has left not only to his family, but humanity as a whole.
In loving memory of the late Nelson Mandela, as we celebrate his 100th birthday, The Estate highlights this fashion piece by Hublot and The House of Mandela.
To commemorate the life and philosophy of Nelson Mandela, a portion of the profits generated by the sale of these timepieces will also be donated to help the House of Mandela foundation achieve this goal.
Ricardo Guadalupe commented:
"It is an honour for us to have been able to create this piece as a tribute to such an important figure as Nelson Mandela, who has made a lasting mark on the history of humanity. The Classic Fusion House of Mandela is a way for us to ensure the philosophy and actions of this great man continue to live on.
Crafted in 18K King Gold, the Classic Fusion House of Mandela is available in two models: a 45 mm diameter men's model and a 42 mm diameter women's model with a bezel set with 35 diamonds (totalling 1.15 carats). This special edition is limited to 95 pieces – a reference to Nelson Mandela's age at the time of his death. The dial bears the totem of the Mandela family, a bee with outstretched, branched wings which symbolise the various branches of the Mandela family tree. This insect was not chosen at random: it is inspired by Nelson Mandela's Xhosa name, Rolihlahla, which translates as "he who is brave enough to fetch the honey from the honeycomb" or "challenge the status quo". The bee also represents courage, sharing, and compassion, which are values shared by the family. The piece is completed by a black alligator strap.
We celebrated in true Estate style with a Cennteniel dinner held in Richmond at The Bingham hotel with celebrities and dignitaries from the African diaspora, for highlights and access to our gallery click here
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