January 13, 2011
by Ariel Adams
Have you been to the Gstaad Palace? No? Well, then I am sorry to say that you probably don’t know about GreenGo – the popular club that is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. I don’t think it has changed since it was created. According to their site (and images), the club remains in its 1970s era fittings. Looks like what would happen if you built a lounge in an underground pool that just happened to double as a dungeon. Though for this Californian, the name of the ‘hot spot’ is just “gringo.” What is more funny is that the watch almost has the colors of the Mexican flag on it.
According to GreenGo’s website. It is open only during the winter (what, no one visits Gstaad during the summer?), and is “THE place to be. It is a special place with a special environment.” Doesn’t get more specific than that right? The copy on their site is totally cheesy, which amuses the hell out of me. “[The DJ] plays the most popular and up-to-date songs for our illustrious clientele. Come and feel the rhythm of every song.” Just say that out loud to yourself with a euro-trash accent.
Though, in reality, the club has an interesting history, being a night spot for the world’s entertainment and wealthy elite who now and in the past have visited the Gstaad Palace. According to Hublot, people who have visited the club include: Roger Moore, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson (never missed boy’s night), Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, David Niven, Peter Sellers, King Juan Carlos, George Soros, Jeanne Moreau, Julie Andrews (a spoon full of coke helps the alcohol go down), Margaret Thatcher (aka “super party freak”), Johnny Hallyday, Bernie Ecclestone (he didn’t get beat up here), and more.
For the 40th anniversary of the night club, Hublot has produced a limited edition of 40 watches called the GreenGo Bang (Gringo Bang!). Using the colors of the club, Hublot uses a base Big Bang Black Magic watch with green colors on it. The watch is in steel, titanium and ceramic and 44.5mm wide. I just can’t wait to “feel the rhythm of the watch’s beats on my wrist” when I wear it.
TECHNICAL DETAILS from Hublot:
-Series Limited to 40 pieces numbered from 01/40 to 40/40
-Case: “Big Bang” 44.5 mm diameter in microblasted black ceramic
-Bezel: Microblasted black ceramic, 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws
-Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior multilayer anti-reflective treatment
-Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
-Lateral Inserts: Black composite resin
-Case-back: Open microblasted black ceramic
-Crown: Steel with black rubber insert
-Push-pieces: Satin-finished steel, rectangular with green rubber insert
-Water resistance: Approximately 100 m or 10 ATM
-Dial: Black with satin-finished ruthenium colour and green SuperLuminovaâ„¢ appliques, 30-minute chrono counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour chrono counter at 6 o’clock, seconds counter at 9 o’clock and orange Greengo logo transfer at 8 o’clock
-Hands: Satin-finished ruthenium colour with green SuperLuminovaâ„¢, chronograph hand with H-shaped counterweight
-Movement: Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding, Calibre Hublot HUB4100. Numb.Components 252.
Bridges Satin-finished, bevelled & polished. Screws Black PVD
-Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
-Oscillating Weight: Tungsten with black PVD treated dimpled surface
-Main plate: Sandblasted & rhodium-plated
Barrel With reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve Approximately 42 hours
-Straps: Supplied with two adjustable straps: Black gummy alligator with green stitching and rubber. Big Bang deployant buckle in black PVD steel, decorated cover and plate in black PVD steel, black PVD steel deployant buckle and buttons, titanium screws.