NBA Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is the new Ambassador for Hublot
By Romit Jethwaney — March 26, 2013
It was only a few months back that the Los Angeles Lakers signed a contract with Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot to be their Official Timekeeper; a first for the team. Having a record 16 wins to their name, the LA Lakers have evolved into one of the most sought out basketball teams in the world. With Hublot's brand presence and compassion for luxury and tradition, this proved to be an ideal opportunity for the two entities to collaborate.
CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said that, " Signing a legendary team like the Lakers was a natural addition to our iconic partnership platform, which includes Manchester United, FIFA, and Usain Bolt, to name a few. The Lakers have been monumental in making basketball a global game and with players like Kobe Bryant leading the way with such tenacity and determination, there was simply no question for us. We look forward to working with the Lakers and are thrilled to join our families together.”
Two months later, it comes as no surprise that Hublot signed LA Lakers veteran shooting guard Kobe Bryant as their brand ambassador. Besides Kobe, other Hublot ambassadors include iconic athletes such as Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and football legend Diego Maredona. At 34 years of age, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points. He is also the all-time leading scorer in the Lakers franchise history.
CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe showcased his enthusiasm and said that, " Bryant is the perfect choice for Hublot – a brand known for its precision and excellence, traits that have characterized the basketball icon’s celebrated career. 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. "
Kobe was presented with the Hublot King Power 'Black Mamba'. Bearing a strong presence, the complex dial is represented by a snake making a curve over the counter at 9 o'clock and around Kobe's jersey number 24, over 6 o'clock. The 250 pieces limited edition Hublot is driven by a split-seconds Foudroyante HUB 4248 mechanical self-winding chronograph movement. The robust 48 mm case is made in black ceramic where as the crown is composed of black PVD titanium inscribed with the Hublot logo. The strap is a python snake strap which has been sowed on black rubber. Water resistance is up to 100 m.
The partnership will share an alliance with the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation which dedicates all efforts to improving the well being of youth and families in need, both domestically and internationally.
The timepiece is priced at a modest USD 25,200.
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