Shelby's Social Diary

Famous race car driver roars into Houston for the grand opening of a swanky Galleria boutique

Famous race car driver roars into Houston, hits a swanky mall boutique

12 Felipe Massa in front of the F-1 track
Felipe Massa in front of the F-1 track at the opening of Hublot Houston. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Isabel Sorum, Felipe Massa, Jean-Froncouis Sberro, CFO HUBLOT, Giancarlo Orlando, VP of HUBLOT Joint Venture
Isabel Sorum, from left, Felipe Massa, Jean-Froncouis Sberro and Giancarlo Orlando at the opening of Hublot Houston. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Hublot Houston store November 2013
The Hublot boutique in the Galleria is sleek and sophisticated. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Hublot Houston store interior November 2013
Hublot watches are displayed as the rare gems that they are in the new Galleria boutique. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Jorge Alvarez (in background), Isabel Sorum, Campbell Archibald, Felipe Massa
Jorge Alvarez, from left, Campbell Archibald, Isabel Sorum and Felipe Massa at the opening of Hublot Houston. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Felipe Massa in front of the F-1 track
13 Isabel Sorum, Felipe Massa, Jean-Froncouis Sberro, CFO HUBLOT, Giancarlo Orlando, VP of HUBLOT Joint Venture
Hublot Houston store November 2013
Hublot Houston store interior November 2013
15 Jorge Alvarez (in background), Isabel Sorum, Campbell Archibald, Felipe Massa

Only hours before heading to Austin for the Circuit of Americas race competition, Formula One driver Felipe Massa made the chicest of pit stops at the swank new Hublot boutique in the Galleria. Representing Scuderia Ferrari, Massa joined Hublot notables in the ribbon cutting that marked the grand opening even though the shop has been open long enough to sell a good number of the sophisticated, luxury timepieces.

For the opening of this 10th storefront in the United States, Hublot introduced its Big Bang Ferrari Texas, a 50-edition collection of numbered pieces. Hublot describes the watch, "In navy blue, red and white, as seen on the state flag, the Big Bang Ferrari Texas features a bold titanium case (45.5 mm diameter), crowned with a cylindrical bezel in black ceramic which draws the eye down towards the UNICO Flyback chronograph movement visible through the sapphire dial."

Welcoming guests to the sleek boutique were Jean-Francois Sberro, Hublot CFO, and Giancarlo Orlando, vice president of Hublot Joint Venture, and store manager Isabel Sorum.