World Cup Referees Can Use Hublot’s New Smartwatch to Check for Goals

Hublot is the official timekeeping sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. So, needless to say, it has designed a special edition watch for the football competition. The Swiss watch manufacturer Hublot has presented a Wear OS smartwatch specifically designed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it is called the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Hublot introduced the smartwatch in the course of the 2018 Baselworld watch and jewelry industry trade show. The timepiece runs Google’s smartwatch-centric Wear OS (earlier known as Android Wear). The Big Bang Referee has a 35.4mm watchface, 400 x 400 AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and “around one day” of battery life from its 410mAh battery.

The watch will show a countdown to the World Cup, and as soon as the games start, you will get notifications of match start times and a lot of live match statistics. And, obviously, the smartwatch vibrates and displays the word “GOAL” each time a goal is scored.

The referees’ timepieces can connect while in the competition to the Goal Line Technology that has existed and been used by FIFA for quite some time in cameras to assist tracking the trajectory of the ball in the game, in order to determine whether it has crossed the goal line fully or not. Hublot worked alongside FIFA to make this a reality.

“It was a specific need expressed by FIFA,” the company says, “and Hublot brought it to life!” A limited number of 2,018 units will also be made available to the public starting May 1st and will cost around $5,200.

Hublot’s watch is the latest addition to those offered by luxury brands. Others include models from Louis Vuitton and Montblanc.