The Swiss watchmaker and passionate football supporter introduces a pair of special edition Classic Fusion watches for the iconic England footballer’s testimonial match

Manchester, August 3rd, 2016 – Hublot is delighted to announce that it will co-host legendary Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial on August 3rd. The charity football match will be played in aid of the Wayne Rooney Foundation at the Theatre of Dreams, Manchester United’s world-famous Old Trafford football stadium.

To mark the occasion, Hublot has produced two special edition Classic Fusion watches to commemorate Wayne Rooney’s unprecedented achievements in football. With 53 England goals to his name, he is the all-time leading scorer in English international football, and will break the record for the most appearances by an English outfield player when he next pulls on an England shirt.

Rooney is currently captain of both his club and country, and as the 2016/17 season starts he has already made 520 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 245 goals for the club he joined as a teenager in 2004. That tally leaves him just five away from breaking Bobby Charlton’s 41-year-old record, a mark he will surely pass this coming season.

Hublot has named two special watches after this special player. The Hublot Classic Fusion Special Edition ‘Wayne Rooney’ in titanium will be limited to 65 pieces, while the 18-carat King Gold model will be limited to just two pieces. The entire run of both pieces will be donated to the Foundation.

Both models feature a red 10 in the 10 o’clock position in reference to Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United shirt number, while the case back is decorated with the words ‘Wayne Rooney Testimonial 2016’ and his signature. One of each model will be showcased at Old Trafford on match day.

The game will be attended by a host of famous faces from the worlds of football and entertainment, including Hublot ambassador and new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The FA Cup, won by Manchester United last season, will also be on display at the Theatre of Dreams. The Testimonial is against Everton, Wayne Rooney’s first club, and will take place at 8pm on August 3. Hublot branding will appear on panels around Old Trafford.

Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO said: ‘It’s a great honour to be co-hosting this unique event with our friend Wayne Rooney in the Theatre of Dreams, one of the world’s most iconic sporting arenas. We are delighted to offer the two special edition Hublot Classic Fusion Special Edition ‘Wayne Rooney’ watches to support Wayne in his fantastic charity work. Football has the power to change the world and Hublot is proud to be the number one watch brand in the game.’

Wayne Rooney said: ‘I’m extremely grateful to Hublot for its support of this special match and the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which obviously means a lot to me personally. I’d like to thank Ricardo and his team for all their help and support in making this game possible, and for the donation of the Hublot Classic Fusion Special Edition ‘Wayne Rooney’ watches to the Wayne Rooney Foundation. Funds raised from the charity match and the various other testimonial events supported by Hublot these watches will be distributed through the Foundation’s four chosen charities – the NSPCC, Claire House Hospice, Alder Hey Childrens Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation - and make a vital difference to the lives of the children and young people they work with.’

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