Replica Watches PW — Hublot celebrates redesigned Beverly Hills boutique while honoring the dynamic career of Brand Ambassador, living legend Kobe Bryant.
May 19 in Los Angeles, Hublot celebrated the launch of its latest timepiece with Brand Ambassador Kobe Bryant – the Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain – which coincided with the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly redesigned Hublot Beverly Hills Boutique. Following the successful launch of the Big Bang UNICO Chronograph Retrograde Kobe “Vino” Bryant in 2015 and the King Power Black Mamba Chronograph in 2013, this is the brand’s third timepiece with the basketball legend.
The day before, Jean- François Sberro, Managing Director Hublot of America, and Greg Simonian, Owner of Hublot Beverly Hills boutique, hosted an intimate ribbon cutting ceremony and watch unveiling at the Hublot Beverly Hills boutique with Kobe Bryant, in honor of the boutique’s complete redesign and the NBA star’s longtime partnership with Hublot. Guests, including press and friends of the brand, gathered at the Hublot boutique at 9470 Brighton Way, as Kobe Bryant, Jean-François Sberro and Greg Simonian cut the ribbon. Guests were then invited inside where Kobe Bryant was presented with his newest limited edition watch, known as the Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain, which is the star’s third timepiece with Hublot.
The redesigned 1376 square foot store, among the brand’s first in the United States, is now a modern study in gray tonal textures and materials, including ebony wood panelled walls and doors; graphite leather wall accents and slate floors; stainless steel, glass, and hammered metal fixtures and watch cases; and distinctive yet refined repeated Hublot “H” logos integrated on glass panels inside the black stone façade. An enclosed VIP lounge area is in the rear of the store, offering an even more private experience for the brand’s most discerning clientele.
Later in the evening, VIPs were invited for an intimate dinner at a private residence in Los Angeles to celebrate Kobe’s legendary basketball career and his partnership with Hublot. To commemorate the launch of the Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain, Kobe Bryant joined Jean-François Sberro and Greg Simonian, along with guests including sportscaster Erin Andrews and professional ice hockey player Jarret Stoll to celebrate the 5-Time NBA Champion.
Following cocktails, Kobe sat down with Andrews for a conversation about his basketball career and his three-year partnership with Hublot. Questions ranged from “what was your first luxury indulgence” to “how will you treat time in [your recent] retirement” to questions on his personal style and kept the guests at rapt attention.
In honor of the basketball star’s nickname “The Black Mamba,” the Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain was unveiled to guests by a female snake handler and performer, clad in reptile-inspired tattoos, holding a symbolic black snake–a key design element in the NBA legend’s timepieces with Hublot Replica Watches.
The Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain is available exclusively at Hublot’s Beverly Hills Boutique and is limited to 24 pieces of which the brand presented a personalized #24 to the legend himself. The ceramic piece evokes a masculine and sophisticated design with black and gold hues. The dial features a black snake applique, a nod to Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba” basketball nickname. The sapphire case-back carries a printed “KOB16” logo, and each piece is engraved with its special edition number, 1/24 – 24/24. Featuring a self-winding moonphase movement, the Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain will be available on a black python strap with black stitching, an echo of Hublot’s 10 Year ALL BLACK anniversary concept.