Hublot has announced the debut of its latest timepiece with Brand Ambassador, Kobe Bryant, the Big Bang UNICO Chronograph Retrograde Kobe “Vino” Bryant, which coincided with the opening of its first boutique in San Francisco. This is the second timepiece the brand has produced with the basketball legend, after the success of the King Power Black Mamba Chronograph coinciding with his 2013 ambassadorship announcement.
On April 29, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe welcomed guests to a private winery in the Napa Valley for an exclusive winemaking event and intimate press conference with Kobe Bryant, in honor of the star’s newest timepiece. Known as the Big Bang “Vino,” (a nod to Bryant’s nickname “Vino”), the timepiece is the the world’s first mechanical watch designed to time basketball .After the conference on the great lawn, guests followed Philip Norfleet, Managing Director of the winery, to tour the vineyard and the stunning caves located below the property. An “Art of Blending” session and gourmet wine-paired luncheon in the estate’s private dining room was the perfect finish to the morning’s launch. The setting connected both to the burgundy-colored watch’s namesake and inspiration, but also the star’s childhood spent in Italy and Hublot’s surrounding Vaudois countryside dotted with wineries.
The Big Bang UNICO Chronograph Retrograde Kobe “Vino” Bryant, available in Ceramic and King Gold, features a sleek design that reflects Kobe’s personal style off the court. Burgundy embellishments are reflected on the strap, stitching and dial of the timepiece. The Chronograph Retrograde is designed to time the two halves of a basketball game – an innovative concept that Hublot has produced specifically for this timepiece.
The dial features a prominent basketball design integrated into a matte burgundy multilayer disc. On the case back, a green glass in rare earth minerals with an interior antireflective treatment carries Kobe Bryant’s signature. Available in two versions, 18K King Gold and Black Ceramic, each piece will be delivered with two interchangeable straps – one black rubber and burgundy stitching and one burgundy python with burgundy stitching.
BIG BANG UNICO RETROGRADE KOBE ”VINO” BRYANT
413. CX.4723.PR.KOB15 (Ceramic – Limited edition of 200 pieces)
413. OX.4738.PR.KOB15 (King Gold – Limited edition of 100 pieces)
Diameter: 45.5 mm
Thickness: 16.95 mm
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)
Case: “Big Bang” – Diameter 45.5mm
Ceramic or King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Bezel: Ceramic or King Gold, polished and satin-finished and black composite resin
Screws « H »: Titanium, polished black PVD
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black rubber and satin-finished Black PVD Titanium or 18K King Gold
Pushers: Black PVD Titanium or King Gold with burgundy and black rubber
Case back: Ceramic, satin-finished – engraved « 200NUM » or King Gold, satin finished – engraved « 100NUM » and green glass in rare earth minerals with interior anti-reflective treatment + the signature of Kobe Bryant printed
Mat Burgundy multilayer dial
White or Gold retrograde minute hand
Red retrograde second hand
Satin-finished and micro-blasted black -or gold-plated minute, hour and small second hands with red luminescent
Caliber Hublot HUB1261
UNICO Manufacture self-winding Bi-retrograde movement with central chronograph and column wheel
N° of Components: 385
Frequency (Hz): 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Black rubber and burgundy python strap + burgundy stitching
Buckle: Black PVD Titanium with black ceramic or King Gold insert deployant buckle clasp