The Swiss Luxury Watch Brand Unveils Bryant’s Signature TimepieceNBA Legend Kobe Bryant Named New Hublot Ambassador
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.