Los Angeles Laker and NBA star Kobe Bryant recently joined names like Usain Bolt and Dwyane Wade as an official brand ambassador for luxury watch brand Hublot. The occasion is being marked by a new special edition King Power Black Mamba Chronograph watch.
Appropriately for Kobe Bryant’s signature Hublot timepiece, each King Power Black Mamba Chronograph sports a signature from Kobe, as well as a durable case constructed from titanium and resin.
You can see some pictures of the Hublot King Power Black Mamba Chronograph, as well as some pictures of Kobe at the unveiling, in the gallery above. And the official press release from Hublot is duplicated in its entirety below.
NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Named New Hublot Ambassador
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of the Swiss Luxury Watch Brand Unveils Bryant’s Signature Timepiece
(Los Angeles, CA) – Hublot, the Swiss luxury watch brand, is proud to announce that the Los Angeles Lakers’ star shooting guard, Kobe Bryant, is their newest ambassador. Bryant joins the ranks of elite Hublot athletes including fellow basketball star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, famed Olympian Usain Bolt and soccer legend Diego Maradona. To commemorate the partnership, Hublot released Kobe’s signature timepiece, the limited edition King Power Black Mamba. “Bryant was the perfect choice for Hublot – a brand known for its precision and excellence, traits that have characterized the basketball icon’s celebrated career,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “We could not be more excited to add Kobe Bryant to our roster of brand ambassadors, all of whom are living testimonies to athletic superiority and perseverance. Kobe’s achievements are an inspiration to all of us here at Hublot, and we look forward to a wonderful
partnership,” Guadalupe added.
Hublot is enhancing its alliance with its new ambassador through support of the basketball great’s charity, the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need by providing financial resources for like-minded organizations. A crowd gathered today at The London Hotel West Hollywood to help Hublot and Bryant celebrate the partnership at an exciting event on the hotel’s rooftop. The festivities commenced as Ricardo Guadalupe presented Bryant with the Limited Edition King Power Black Mamba. This was followed by an exciting basketball shoot-off with two children from After-School All Stars Los Angeles, a charitable beneficiary of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. Taking shots from a makeshift basketball court constructed over the hotel’s rooftop pool, the playful contest raised $30,000 for the program. Guadalupe presented the check to the Bryants and After-School All Stars as the crowd cheered.
This celebration set the mood for an intimate dinner that the brand hosted in partnership with GQ in honor of Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles’ brightest were in attendance including Zac Efron, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Salling, Jesse Williams, Garcelle Beauvais, Brad Goreski, and Christos Garkinos, among others. During the dinner, Ricardo Guadalupe presented Bryant with a special Jeroboam of Dom Perignon vintage 1998, only 50 were produced in the entire world. The evening continued as DJ Eve Salvail spun a mix of the latest hits and classic songs.
Bryant’s new position serves to further strengthen the relationship between the brand and the LA Lakers. In January of this year Hublot became the first official timekeeper of the illustrious NBA franchise.
King Power Black Mamba
Series Limited series of 250 pieces numbered
Case – “King Power”, diameter 48 mm, in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel – Black micro-blasted ceramic and micro-blasted titanium
6 black PVD H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Purple number indication
Bezel – lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin
Crown – Black PVD titanium with Hublot logo 3N Gold 18K
Black rubber insert
Push-buttons 2H in black PVD titanium, rectangular in polished steel
Black rubber inserts
4H in titanium satin-finished and “reset” engraved
Case-back – Open micro-blasted black ceramic with Kobe Bryant signature on sapphire
Dial – Sapphire dial with 4 zones of 12 minutes in black and gold
Indexes in satin-finished 3N Gold plated with black SuperluminovaTM
‘’Snake’’ appliqué polished black PVD
Hands – Satin-finished 3N Gold plated hands with black SuperLuminova™
Movement – HUB 4248 Mechanical self-winding
Chronograph with central 48’ counter
Date – Trapezoidal window at 4.30
Components – 249
Jewels – 28
Frequency – 4 Hz (28,600 Alt/h)
Power Reserve – 42 hours
Water resistance 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres
Strap – Python snake strap sewed on black rubber
Clasp – Deployant buckle clasp in micro-blasted black PVD titanium and ceramic