Photo: Usain Bold. Source: Daily Mirror.
Usain Bolt, known as one of the greatest athletes of all time because of his impressive track record, has achieved his latest victory by launching a watch design in partnership with Unique Hublot, and the Hublot Big Bang UNICO Usain Bolt watch is created in collaboration with the Lightning Bolt.
The special Big Bang edition has a very significant pursuit and that is by having its 2017 edition be part of a special auction to aid and support research about Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Hublot has been a member of the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy since 2005.
At the event, Hublot will be presenting its unique watch made of sapphire known as the Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt. The special watch edition is specially created for Only Watch, which is a charity auction of the premium brands and the proceeds will be used to fund the research on Muscular Dystrophy, which is a noble cause for those stricken by the disabling disease.
The Fastest Man of All Time says that he is grateful to be able to be endowed with such skill,s making him set countless records. Now the World Sprinting King is trying to give back by supporting the Only Watch and help in financing both scientific and medical research endeavors on neuromuscular diseases.
Supporting weak muscles
The Hublot ambassador believes that the strongest muscles must aid in supporting the weakest muscles, and his team hopes to sponsor the association caring for those with the muscle-weakening disease.
Hublot and Only Watch have been working hand in hand a few years back to support causes relating to the muscular disease, and both have high hopes that research will knock over this disease.
The 2017 edition of the watches were made out of the most difficult and complicated material to process, which is sapphire. What is more is that the material was chosen to carry a message about pushing your limitations and believing that you can overcome things in the end, no matter what life throws at you.
Hope and the desire to win
Inspired by the three-time Olympic triple gold medalist, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt is not just an ordinary watch as it holds both hope and the will to continue forward. It is not only an adornment for the wrist, but it is something that can symbolize victory.
Truly, both Hublot and Bolt are committed to the cause as it is something close to their hearts.
To accelerate the research about muscular dystrophy, three grand names collaborated with all-out efforts to make the research a success. Fighting the disease and supporting children suffering from the Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the main objective of the joint efforts.
The watches prove that you can beat any complicated disease while remaining in style. Just like Bolt, the champion, the research is believed to surpass challenges anytime soon.
Indeed, these are unique pieces that are absolutely exceptional. The Hublot ambassador even plans to make a victory run against the disease.
Sapphire watch auctioned
In an event on November 11th, the 18-Karat gold sapphire watch was priced at around $50,000. The auction was held at Christie’s auction house in Geneva, Switzerland. There were also other classic and unique watches that have been auctioned. The winning bidder can also have the chance to meet and greet Usain Bolt.
The watches will continue their tour around the globe at various Christie’s auction houses to give chance to potential bidders. Every two years the event is being held, and remarkably, it has raised a total of $25 million since 2005.
Muscular Dystrophy clinical trials
Since there is ongoing research about this disease, it has been found out by experts that they know little about the history of it, and this results in limitations of the clinical trial design. However, experts are pushing this blockage away by placing a lot of efforts in trying to document the natural history of this disease.
These clinical trials are executed so experts can determine whether a particular treatment is safe and effective for humans. These studies then can help optimize knowledge and procedures being developed for DMD.
There are challenges in the investigation being made to understand fully the cause of the disease and to be able to come up with appropriate therapeutic approaches. Nonetheless, experts are hopeful that the medication being produced will soon be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Recently, a research was conducted about the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the effects of exercise. Researchers believed that doing aerobic exercise and increasing the activities of individuals with DMD can improve their muscular function. The American Academy of Neurology then released new guidelines and recommendations to people having this disease and were advised to include moderate aerobic exercise in their routines.
In the past, people having this kind of rare disease were prevented from moving too much to avoid any further functioning in their muscles, but today, due to new research findings, exercise is beneficial and can have a significant difference later on.
Truly, the data collected in the study can open up a lot of room for advancements when it comes to DMD treatment.
The amount of information found on DMD can be applied to progress the knowledge about this neuromuscular disease, and open the door for researchers to discover potential treatments.
The spread of scientific knowledge is also one of the many aims in doing research. This can help current families and the future families combat the disabling DMD. Presently, the research has gone a bit far since it started and experts are actively pursuing several different strategies to help people affected by DMD such as gene therapy, gene repair, stop codon read-through, and exon skipping.
Victory is around the corner
It might be just a timepiece—something classy and stylish to help people tell time, however, for the hopeful parents out there with children stricken by DMD, they are dreaming of a research breakthrough that can change the future and make a difference. Duchenne muscular dystrophy can be a fatal condition, but through the help of organizations and concerned people, like Usain Bolt, that ray of hope makes families carry on and continue living.
Experts around the world are into intense research to come up with effective treatments. Research efforts would not be put to waste but will be continuously done due to the funding that they receive. As mentioned, there are already promising leads that are now under the approval and evaluation of the FDA. Scientists are working on developing therapies that can promote both the repair and regrowth of muscles. These potential therapies can aid these individuals with DMD to live somewhat normal lives.
Just like the many victories won by the Lightning Bolt, experts are optimistic that victory is just around the corner against DMD. Through continuous funding and support from various organizations and individuals, the research can go the farthest and the fastest way to provide treatment for the patients.
The watches then can signify both accelerating the time in doing the study and extending the lives of the people with DMD. Working together can surely bring success. True enough, the strongest ones with muscles like Bolt can support the weakest muscles by being more than willing to care and help.