IN­TER­VIEW: Sing­ing Praises

RAGHEB ALAMA, LE­BANESE SINGER HUBLOT’S FIRST ARAB FRIEND OF THE BRAND

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What have you learned about your­self since you be­came a celebrity? I learned that no one is ca­pa­ble of build­ing oth­ers’ suc­cess; it’s up to the in­di­vid­ual to build, step by step.

What ad­vice would you give your younger self? Life is beau­ti­ful but not all that long. Take ad­van­tage and in­vest in every hour, every minute, every day to cre­ate some­thing new to reach suc­cess. I see life as a moun­tain that you climb with care and ded­i­ca­tion.

What in­spires you? I’m in­spired by the beauty in ev­ery­thing: in peo­ple, art, na­ture, and in God’s cre­ations.

How did your ‘friend­ship’ with Hublot come about and what does it en­tail? It’s amaz­ing when you love some­thing and be­come a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for it. This re­la­tion be­tween Hublot and me, the big suc­cess of Hublot, and the big suc­cess that I have achieved in my life, tell me that we are kin­dred spir­its. I love Hublot and Hublot loves me, so I can say with con­fi­dence that we have a “best friends” re­la­tion­ship. How has it changed your view of horol­ogy? When I vis­ited Hublot, I dis­cov­ered things I didn’t know be­fore. Pre­vi­ously, I loved the shape of the watch and the de­sign only, but when I vis­ited the ‘man­u­fac­ture’, I dis­cov­ered the huge amount of work and all the ef­fort that goes into that. This made me re­spect the brand even more, and I now look at horol­ogy as a mat­ter of art.

Can you re­mem­ber the first time you saw an Hublot time­piece? Yes, I saw it on a friend of mine. He is a col­lec­tor and loves watches so much; it’s one of his big pas­sions. I saw it on his wrist and I im­me­di­ately told him “I love this watch!”. And then I bought one.

Which is your fa­vorite model and why? My favourite col­lec­tion is the Big Bang, be­cause it’s very manly. It’s tough to choose a par­tic­u­lar one be­cause all the mod­els ap­peal to me.

Have you ever gifted any­one an Hublot? If so, what was their re­ac­tion? Sure, I have, many times and to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Their re­ac­tion was al­ways: “wow!”

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