Hublot welcomed its brand ambassador and 15-Time NBA All-Star, Kobe Bryant, to an exclusive dinner in West Hollywood, California to unveil the newest edition of the King Power Black Mamba.
Inspired by Bryant’s magnetic personality and celebrated career, the timepiece is a more precious version of Bryant’s first namesake watch. With a King Gold case surrounded by a black ceramic bezel, it includes red gold indexes and hands, as well as a silver colored snake around the counter at 9 o’clock, with Kobe’s jersey number, “24” at 6 o’clock.
Held at the RivaBella Ristorante, Greg Simonian, President of Hublot’s Beverly Hills boutique, welcomed Bryant and presented him with the newest Hublot timepiece, which will be available exclusively at the Beverly Hills location.
This is the second Los Angeles event the brand has held in conjunction with the Lakers guard – the partnership was first announced in March 2013 at an event on the rooftop of the London Hotel West Hollywood where the first limited edition King Power Black Mamba was released. In addition, Hublot became the first official timekeeper of the illustrious Los Angeles Lakers in January of this year.
Los Angeles influencers and VIPs joined Kobe and Vanessa Bryant to celebrate and to get a first look at the two new versions of the timepieces – one in King Gold and one in diamond set King Gold.
748. OM.1118.PR.KOB13 – King Gold & Black Ceramic (Limited edition of 15 numbered pieces)
748. OM.1118.PR.1704.KOB13 – King Gold & Black Ceramic with Diamonds (only 3 numbered pieces)
“King Power”, diameter 48 mm, in vertical satin-finished King Gold
Bezel: Black micro-blasted ceramic and 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 with black rubber insert
Push-buttons: 2H in black PVD titanium, rectangular in polished steel with black rubber inserts; 4H in titanium satin-finished and “reset” engraved
Case-back: Open micro-blasted black ceramic with Kobe Bryant signature on sapphire
Sapphire dial with 4 zones of 12 minutes in black and gold
Indexes in satin-finished Red Gold 18K with black SuperluminovaTM
’Snake’’ appliqué polished black PVD
Hands: Satin-finished 3N Red Gold plated hands with black SuperLuminova
HUB 4248 Mechanical self-winding, chronograph with central 48’ counter
Date: Trapezoidal window at 4.30
Components: 249 (28 jewels) – Frequency 4 Hz (28,800 Alt/h)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres
Python snake strap sewed on black rubber
Deployant buckle clasp in micro-blasted black PVD titanium and ceramic